Roberto Alomar to be the first Blue Jay to have number retired

Roberto Alomar to be the first Blue Jay to have number retired

Roberto Alomar to be the first Blue Jay to have number retired

The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that they’re going to retire Roberto Alomar’s number 12 later this month. When the former second baseman gets enshrined in Cooperstown over the weekend, he’ll become the first inductee to wear a Toronto Blue Jays cap into the Hall of Fame.

July 31, he will become the first Blue Jay to have his number retired.  "Roberto is a very special part of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and arguably the greatest second baseman of all-time," Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston said in a statement. "His number deserves to be retired so that his contributions and excellence can stand as a model for all those who have the honor of wearing a Blue Jays uniform."

"This is an honor that I was not expecting," he said.


"I knew my numbers were worthy of consideration for the Hall of Fame but for the Blue Jays to select my number 12 to be the first number they retire is a great honor."


Alomar was a key contributor to two World Championship Teams in 1992 and 1993 for the Blue Jays and came over in what was one of the last great baseball trades according to Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, he was traded along with Joe Carter from the San Diego Padres for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff. Ironically, Fernandez came back to the Blue Jays for the 1993 Championship season.

By The Baseball Page
Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011


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