The Blue Jays have had “glory days” in 1992 and 1993. Today there are talks about “new glory days”. If we took all the best Blue Jays dating back to 1977 and put them on the same team, would we win the World Series? No question about it, but who would those players be and what position. This, is the Blue Jays Dream Team.
Starting with the all-important manager, I say there isn’t even a question. Cito Gaston is by far the best manager the Jays have ever had. Cito managed the Blue Jays from 1989-1997, then again from 2008-2010. He was the only manager of the Jays to win a world series, winning twice in a row in 1992-93.
For the 5 starting pitchers, you would have to go with your ace to be Roy Halladay. Followed by Dave Stieb, David Price, Roger Clemens and Pat Hentgen. Combined they won 6 Cy Young awards. Pat Hentgen was the first Blue Jay to win a Cy Young award in 1996. Starting a span of 3 straight Blue Jays to win the award. Roger Clemens won back-to-back following Pat Hentgen.
For Catcher, Ernie Whitt is clearly the best catcher in Blue Jays history. For Ernie’s Blue Jays career average, he hit .253, and had an amazing arm throwing out almost half the runners.
On First Base. Carlos Delgado a premier slugging first baseman. He has had 3 40+ homerun seasons and 8 30+ homerun seasons all with the Blue Jays. He led the league with 145 RBI in 2003. Continue reading What is the Blue Jays’ dream team?