TORONTO - For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Blue Jays will raise a jersey of one of their own to the rafters.
The club announced on Tuesday that second baseman Roberto Alomar will have his No. 12 uniform retired on July 31 at Rogers Centre, just days after the Puerto Rican infielder is enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame.
Previously, only Jackie Robinson's iconic No. 42 had been retired, but by league-wide mandate for all teams back in 1997.
Although Alomar played just five (1991-95) of his 17 major-league seasons in Toronto, his tenure coincided with the greatest period in team annals.
The Jays won three consecutive AL East titles (1991-93) and back-to-back World Series in '92 and '93 with Alomar patrolling the right side of the infield. He was an All-Star selection in each of those five campaigns.
His .307 average with the Blue Jays is the highest among all players with at least 2,000 plate appearances. In 703 games, Alomar totaled 55 home runs, 152 doubles, 36 triples and 342 RBI.