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This Day in Blue Jays History
December 5th

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1978 The Indians deal Alfredo Griffin and prospect Phil Lansford to the Blue Jays for Victor Cruz. The Tribe's transaction will prove short-sighted when the 21-year-old shortstop wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award next season, and their newly-acquired right-hander posts a 3-9 record with a 4.23 ERA.
1990 Toronto trades first baseman Fred McGriff and shortstop Tony Fernandez to the Padres for second baseman Roberto Alomar and outfielder Joe Carter. The two new Blue Jays will play a vital role in the team's back-to-back World Championships in 1992 and 1993.
2009 After trying seven shortstops since Nomar Garciaparra's 2004 trade to the Cubs, the Red Sox give Marco Scutaro an opportunity to play the position, inking the 34-year-old infielder to a two-year deal with a club option for 2012. The free agent, who hit a career-best .282 along with 12 homers and 60 RBIs for Toronto last season, will replace Alex Gonzalez, who left the Red Sox after Boston declined his $6 million option and recently signed with the Blue Jays.
2021 Golden Days Era Committee (considers candidates from 1950-69) select Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Mi├▒oso, and Tony Oliva, with Bud Fowler and Buck O'Neil chosen by the Early Baseball Era Committee (considers candidates before 1950) to be honored, along with David Ortiz, at the 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown (NY). Dick Allen, who finished one vote short of being Hall Famer the last time the GDE committee met in 2014, misses again by the same margin on this year's ballot.

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