Blue Jays to retire Roberto Alomar's No. 12

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TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays are retiring former second baseman Roberto Alomar's No. 12 before their game against the Texas Rangers on July 31.

It will be the first time the Blue Jays have retired a number worn by one of the team's players in the club's 35-year history. Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997.

Team President and CEO Paul Beeston says Alomar is "arguably the best second baseman of all time."

Alomar and former Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24.