Blue Jays' Hanson ditches No. 19 to honor Jose Bautista

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bat flip in Game 5 of the ALDS.

Team policy dictates the Blue Jays only retire the numbers of Hall of Fame players. Only Roberto Alomar (No. 12) and Roy Halladay (No. 32) have been honored by the team in such a manner.

Other franchise legends are inducted into the team's "Level of Excellence" at Rogers Centre, though the numbers of those honorees (excluding Alomar and Halladay) continue to be issued. Bautista, who played for three teams in 2018 and is currently a free agent, has yet to be inducted into the Level.

Ironically, Hanson's No. 1 is also one of the most famous numbers in Blue Jays history, having been worn in the 1980s and 1990s by former All-Star shortstop and Level of Excellence inductee Tony Fernandez.

Other famous No. 19's in Blue Jays history include Hall of Fame DH and 1993 World Series MVP Paul Molitor, and former home run champion Fred McGriff.

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