The Toronto Blue Jays played their first franchise game on April 07th, 1977, some 42 years later, we look at the Top 10 WAR pitchers in franchise history.
According to Fangraphs, WAR is defined as Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic. You should always use more than one metric at a time when evaluating players, but WAR is all-inclusive and provides a useful reference point for comparing players.
Toronto has seen 405 different pitchers toe the rubber in an MLB game since the organization’s existence.
The Blue Jays have seen the likes of Roger Clemens, Dave Stewart and David Cone all don the blue and white at one time or another, however, in order to be on the All-Time WAR list, you need to couple production with longevity. Will any of the above trio crack the Top 10 despite their short tenure in Toronto?
The All-Time franchise leader in wins is Dave Stieb with 175 victories, 27 more than the late Roy Halladay, how will both hurlers fare on the Blue Jays WAR leaderboard?
Without further ado, here are your Top 10 WAR contributors for pitchers in Toronto Blue Jays franchise history.