Perhaps it’s because they haven’t been any good since the mid-90s. Or, perhaps it’s because even their own fans mistake them for hockey players when they see them on the street.
For whatever reason, even as a staunch baseball fan, I’ve never really given the Blue Jays much thought.
They are always okay. Never great (recently).
And, through no fault of their own, they are forced to fight tooth and nail in a division with the behemoth Red Sox and Yankees. Not to mention, they’re Canadians.
Still, Toronto had its time.
Guys like Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, Devon White and John Olerud all turned in great seasons for the Jays in the early ‘90’s, en route to back-to-back World Series championships.
And, even after that run of success, amidst a long string of mediocre seasons, the Jays managed to turn out some very good players, including Shawn Green.
A first-round draft pick in 1991, Green played his first full season in Toronto in 1995, where he finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting.
Before being traded to the Dodgers, Shawn Green turned in his best season as a pro.
In 1999, on his way to hitting 49 home runs and batting .309, Green reached base via the hit in 28 straight games, a mark that still stands in Blue Jay history today.