Rios in good company

When he was chosen to participate in Major League Baseball’s Midsummer Classic this year, Alex Rios became the 67th all-star in Blue Jays history. Dave Stieb has earned the most all-star selections, having been named seven times — including five in six seasons (1980-85). He was also named the starting pitcher in two of those contests (1983 & 1984).

Among position players, Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter lead the way, having been named All-Stars five times each while with the Blue Jays. Meanwhile, Alomar was voted in as a starter from 1991-94. Carter joined his teammate on the AL starting squad during the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

Overall, only five different players have been chosen by the fans to be in the starting lineup for the Midsummer Classic. George Bell became the first in 1987, and Carlos Delgado was the last in 2003. The only other Blue Jay to be voted in as a starter is John Olerud, who did so in 1993.

Here’s a list of those players who have received more than one all-star selection as a Blue Jay …

7 – Dave Stieb (1980-81, 1983-85, 1988 & 1990)
5 – Roberto Alomar (1991-95)
– Joe Carter (1991-94 & 1996)
4 – Tony Fernandez (1986-87, 1989 & 1999)
– Roy Halladay (2002-03, 2005-06)
3 – Pat Hentgen (1993-94 & 1997)
2 – Damaso Garcia (1984-1985)
– Jimmy Key (1985 & 1991)
– George Bell (1987 & 1990)
– Kelly Gruber (1989-90)
– Paul Molitor (1993-94)
– Roger Clemens (1997-98)
– Carlos Delgado (2000 & 2003)
– Vernon Wells (2003 & 2006)
– Alex Rios (2006-07)

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