The Blue Jays have struggled to find an identity over the past few years; their constantly rotating cast of characters and position in the shadow of both the Red Sox and Yankees has left them relatively undefined.
Here is some information that fans considered:
  • Highest paid Blue Jay: A.J. Burnett ($13.2 million/year)
  • Longest-tenured Blue Jay: Roy Halladay (10th season)
  • Best nicknames: Frank Thomas (Big Hurt), Roy Halladay (Doc)
  • All-Stars: Alex Rios.
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  • Jayson Stark

    Roy Halladay

    From afar, the face of this team would seem to be Vernon Wells. But the closer you get, the closer you look, the larger Halladay looms in the Blue Jays universe. He has already won one Cy Young. He would have won another if he hadn't taken a line drive off his tibia. And even though he just turned 30 in May, the only active pitchers who have had more seasons of at least 10 wins and a .700 winning percentage than Halladay (four) are Randy Johnson (six), Roger Clemens (six) and Pedro Martinez (five). But no numbers can measure Halladay's presence and leadership. Anybody who could inspire A.J. Burnett to show up for spring-training workouts before sunrise just so he could say he beat Roy Halladay to the ballpark must be setting a bigger tone than we States-side citizens ever realized. Don't you think?

    Cathal Kelly
    of the Toronto Star

    Alex Rios

    Alex Rios seems incapable of walking. Everywhere he goes, he runs. One end of the Jays clubhouse to the other? The 26-year-old All-Star does a quick jog between teammates and clothes hampers to get there. If there is such a thing as a man born to athletics, Rios is it. At only 26, he's already managed to turn his physical gifts into keen skills through an unrelenting perfectionism. The result is a sweet stroke and grace in the field that has drawn comparisons to Daryl Strawberry. But Rios' breakout performance in 2007 (.294, 17 HR, 53 RBIs at the All-Star break) ensures that soon he will be the player who young up-and-comers are compared to. A five-tool player -- six if you count that smile -- Rios will be the cornerstone around which the Jays will construct offensive plans and marketing campaigns for years to come.

    Dave Rouleau
    of JaysNest

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay has been called many things, but is he the face of the Blue Jays organization? When you finally reach the majors and are then asked, after some setbacks, to go back to Class A to rebuild your whole motion, it can be a career-ending move. Halladay came back more dominant than ever in the very same season. When you are a spokesperson for Canadian Blood Services, you agree to be the face of the club. When you donate $100,000 a year to the Jays Care Foundation, you are the face of the team. Roy Halladay represents the Blue Jays on and off the field by his Cy Young-caliber performances on the mound and by getting involved in the community with children in need. His four appearances in the All-Star Game make him the best in this category on the current pitching staff, and the club's the representative of choice.

    Eric Young
    of Baseball Tonight

    Roy Halladay

    Halladay is the guy in Toronto. He's helped revive a moribund franchise with his pitching and when players think of the Blue Jays they think of having to deal with his stuff. There aren't many players in the league who put the fear of God into opposing hitters like Halladay does. His stuff has amazing movement and at least once a game some poor hitter ends up making an awkward, horrible looking swing because Halladay made the ball do something that doesn't seem possible.