Blue Jays All Time Leaders – Through 2019

jaysnewWith baseball shut down because of the corona virus, I thought it would be an interesting time to look back at the all time leaders in both offensive and defensive categories for all 30 teams. We continue today with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays began life in 1977, joining the American League along with the Mariners. I’ve seen them play 26 times, first in 1984 and, most recently, last May 19.

Home Runs

Name Total
Edwin Encarnacion 2
Josh Donaldson 2
Danny Jansen 2
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2

Hits

Name Total
Vernon Wells 16
Edwin Encarnacion 11
Reed Johnson 8
Jose Bautista 8

Runs

Name Total
Vernon Wells 7
Edwin Encarnacion 5
Jose Reyes 4
Aaron Hill 4
Reed Johnson 4
Justin Smoak 4

RBI

Name Total
Jose Bautista 8
Edwin Encarnacion 8
Lyle Overbay 6

Doubles

Name Total
Vernon Wells 6
Jose Bautista 4
Lyle Overbay 3
Adam Lind 3
Justin Smoak 3

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#109 – Edwin Jackson

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Name: Edwin Jackson

Rank: 109

Position: P

Years With White Sox: 2010-2011

Edwin Jackson came to the White Sox on July 30, 2010 in a trade with the Diamondbacks for David Holmberg and Daniel Hudson.  Word on the street was that the White Sox acquired Jackson in order to flip him to the Nationals for Adam Dunn, but another move was not in the cards.  With Jake Peavy out for the remainder of the season, Jackson moved in to the starting rotation, going 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 11 starts as the White Sox finished in second place, 6 games behind the Twins.

Jackson returned for the 2011 season.  As the White Sox hovered around .500, Jackson put up a 7-7 record, with a slightly inflated 3.92 ERA.  With the team failing to make a run and with Jake Peavy back from his injury the year before, the White Sox moved Jackson, along with Mark Teahen, to the Blue Jays in exchange for Jason Frasor and Zack Stewart, ending Jackson’s White Sox career almost a year to the day after it began.

Jackson’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:

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Blue Jays All Time Leaders – Through 2015

jaysnewWith 4 months until baseball in Chicago returns, I thought it would be interesting to look at the all time leaders in both offensive and defensive categories for all 30 teams. We continue today with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays began life in 1977, joining the American League along with the Mariners. I’ve seen them play 20 times, first in 1984 and most recently at their home stadium in September during my trip to Toronto.

Home Runs

Name Total
Edwin Encarnacion 2
Josh Donaldson 2
10 tied with 1

Hits

Name Total
Vernon Wells 16
Edwin Encarnacion 8
Reed Johnson 8
Jose Bautista 8

Runs

Name Total
Vernon Wells 7
Reed Johnson 4
Jose Reyes 4
Aaron Hill 4

RBI

Name Total
Jose Bautista 8
Lyle Overbay 6
Vernon Wells 5
Adam Lind 5

Doubles

Name Total
Vernon Wells 6
Jose Bautista 4
Lyle Overbay 3
Adam Lind 3

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#161 – Zach Stewart

zstewartName: Zach Stewart

Rank: 161

Position: P

Years With White Sox: 2011-2012

Zach Stewart came to the White Sox, along with Jason Frason, from the Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen on July 27, 2011.  Stewart appeared in 10 games for the White Sox after the trade, going 2-5 with a 6.22 ERA.

Stewart was just as productive in 2012, going 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 appearances.  On June 24, he was traded, along with Brent Lillibridge, to the Red Sox in exchange for Kevin Youkilis.

Stewart returned to the White Sox organization in 2013, after being selected off waivers from the Pirates.  He spent the entire year in Triple A Charlotte, before being purchased by the Braves following the season.

Stewart’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:

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#186 – Mark Teahen

Seattle Mariners v Chicago White SoxName: Mark Teahen

Rank: 186

Position: 3B

Years With White Sox: 2010-2011

Following the old adage that if you can’t beat them, join them, the White Sox sent Josh Fields and Chris Getz to the Royals in exchange for Mark Teahen, who had terrorized White Sox pitching.  Teahen got off to a slow start in 2010, but was starting to come around, putting up a .368 average in the 12 games prior to breaking his right middle finger on May 30.

He returned in mid August and finished the year with a .258 average in a career low 78 games.

Teahen returned in 2011, but again fell victim to the injury bug, suffering an oblique injury in early May.  He returned in early June, but struggled with reduced playing time.  As the trading deadline approached, he was packaged with Edwin Jackson in a deal with the Blue Jays, bringing back pitchers Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart.

Teahen’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:

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#245 – Jason Frasor

Jason_FrasorName: Jason Frasor

Rank: 245

Position: P

Year With White Sox: 2011

Jason Frasor joined the White Sox, along with fellow pitcher Zach Stewart, as part of a salary dump that sent Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays on July 27, 2011.  Frasor, an Oak Forest native, was supposed to lighten the workload on Jesse Crain, but was mostly ineffective, giving up 10 runs in only 17 2/3 innings.

After spending nearly 5 months as a member of the White Sox, Frasor was shipped back to Toronto on January 1, 2012 in exchange for Daniel Webb and minor league pitcher Myles Jaye.

Frasor’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:
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End Of An Era

Disappointing seasons up to this point means that both the White Sox (somewhat) and Cubs (completely) are sellers at the trade deadline.  The White Sox struck first, shipping Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and a minor league pitcher on Wednesday.  The Cubs followed up yesterday, shipping the underachieving and overpaid Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians for two unheralded minor leaguers, while still paying most of his remaining salary.

Jackson came to the White Sox at the trade deadline last season in a controversial trade that sent top pitching prospect Dan Hudson to the Diamondbacks.  Expectations at the time was that it was a move made in anticipation of a trade for Adam Dunn, as the Nationals were reportedly interested in Jackson.  When he wasn’t flipped to Washington, Jackson settled in to the White Sox rotation and did what he always did: fought through bouts of wildness to go along with his flashes of brilliance.  In the 7 starts I saw him make as a member of the White Sox, Jackson was 3-2 with a 3.59 ERA.

Teahen’s stay on the south side was slightly longer, and filled with a little less controversy.  Acquired from the Royals for Chris Getz and Josh Fields before the 2010 season, he was immediately signed to a long term extension.  A bad back made his defense at third base a travesty and, when he hit the DL last summer with a broken hand, the team immediately went on their hottest streak of the season.  I saw him appear in 37 games in his White Sox career, hitting a pedestrial .244 with 0 home runs, 8 doubles, and 5 RBI. 

When Fukudome signed out of the Japanese leagues, he was supposed to follow in the footsteps of Ichiro and Hideki Matsui.  He specifically chose the Cubs over other suitors, including the White Sox, because he would be their first Japanese player.  The fans ate him up, especially after he hit a walkoff home run in his first opening day as a member of the Cubs.  Unfortunately, it was all down hill from there.  After parlaying a good April into an All Star appearance, Fukudome struggled the rest of the rest of the season, eventually playing his way out of the starting lineup.  The same formula continued for the rest of his time on the North Side.  A strong start, then the long fade through the summer months.  It’s not that he was bad, but he was worth nowhere near what he was making.  In 80 career appearances as a Cub, he hit .257 in games I attended, with 1 HR, 17 doubles, 3 triples, and 20 RBI.