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All-Time Lineups Matchup No. 15: Blue Jays vs. Royals

By December 20, 2012

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Both the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals have made major moves this offseason. The Blue Jays picked at the carcass at the Miami Marlins and then traded for R.A. Dickey. The Royals picked up an ace in James Shields from Tampa Bay.

The Royals came into existence in 1969 as an American League expansion team, the Blue Jays eight years later in 1977. They both were turf teams built around pitching and speed for much of their existence. The Royals have one championship, in 1985; the Blue Jays have two, in 1992 and 1993.

So this should be a pretty even battle in our final All-Time Lineups matchup, at least of this opening round. (Every active team now has its all-time lineup.)

Let's look at the starting lineups, picking the best at each position in any one season. Click the team name for the full lineups, stats, and arguments.

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. 2B Roberto Alomar (1993, .326, 17 HR, 93 RBI)
  2. DH Paul Molitor (1993, .332-22-111)
  3. 1B Carlos Delgado (2000, .344-41-137)
  4. LF George Bell (1987, .308-47-134)
  5. RF Jose Bautista (2011, .302-43-103)
  6. CF Vernon Wells (2003, .317-33-117)
  7. 3B Tony Batista (2001, .263-41-114)
  8. SS Tony Fernandez (1987, .322-5-67)
  9. C Darrin Fletcher (2000, .320-20-58)

Starting pitcher: Roger Clemens (1997, 21-7, 2.05 ERA)

Kansas City Royals

  1. LF Willie Wilson (1980, .326-3-49-79 SB)
  2. CF Amos Otis (1978, .298-22-96)
  3. 3B George Brett (1980, .390-24-118)
  4. 1B Mike Sweeney (2000, .333-29-144)
  5. DH Billy Butler (2012-.313-29-107)
  6. RF Jermaine Dye (2000, .321-33-118)
  7. C Darrell Porter (1979, .291-20-112)
  8. SS Angel Berroa (2003, .287-17-73)
  9. 2B Frank White (1982, .298-11-56)

Starting pitcher: Bret Saberhagen (1989, 23-6, 2.16 ERA)

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Comments

December 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm
(1) RoyalsFan says:

Angel Berroa as all-time SS!?! Every Royals fan with a decent knowlege of the history of this franchise would take Freddy Patek 100% of the time.

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