The Toronto Blue Jays played their first franchise game on April 07th, 1977, some 42 years later, we look at the Top 15 WAR position players 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 782 different players register at least one major league at-bat since the organization’s existence, this statistic also includes pitchers who have tempted their fate during interleague play.
The Blue Jays have seen a handful of Hall of Famers cross the border and suit up for Canada’s team over the years. The likes of Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, and Paul Molitor have 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.
The All-Time franchise home run and runs batted in leader is Carlos Delgado with 336 round trippers and 1058 ribbies, how will Delgado fare on the Blue Jays WAR leaderboard?
Without further ado, here are your Top 15 WAR contributors for position players in Toronto Blue Jays franchise history.