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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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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2012 Final Batting Leaders

As we close the books on the 2012 season without a post-season appearance by a Chicago team, here are the offensive leaders for the games I attended this year.

Home Runs

Name Total
AJ Pierzynski 7
Dayan Viciedo 7
Alex Rios 7
Kevin Youkilis 7
Adam Dunn 4
Tyler Flowers 4

Hits

Name Total
Alex Rios 44
Alexei Ramirez 38
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All Star Break Batting Leaders

As we close the books on the first half of the 2012 season, here are the offensive leaders for the games I attended.

Home Runs

Name Total
Dayan Viciedo 6
Adam Dunn 4
Alex Rios 4
Kevin Youkilis 3
Paul Konerko 2
Jason Kipnis 2
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2
Ichiro Suzuki 2
AJ Pierzynski 2
Hits

Name Total
Alexei Ramirez 28
Alex Rios 26
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The Dale Sveum Era Begins

The Cubs look to kick off a new era, featuring new manager Dale Sveum, new GM Jed Hoyer, and new team president Theo Epstein, with today’s season opening game against the Nationals.

Starting Pitchers

Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Chris Volstad, Paul Maholm

Ryan Dempster, who gets the Opening Day nod again this year, and Matt Garza are the only holdovers from last year’s staff.  Samardzija had a strong spring and looks to maybe have finally put everything together.  Volstad and Maholm beat out Randy Wells and Travis Wood, among others, for the final two spots in the rotation.

Relief Pitchers

Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, James Russell, Rafael Dolis, Lendy Castillo, Shawn Camp

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Cubs Opening Day Roster – Career Stats

Since I will be attending my first Cubs game of the year today, let’s take a look at their roster and how they’ve performed in games I’ve attended up to now.

Starting Pitchers

Name Games Wins Losses ERA Saves Ks Walks
Andrew Cashner 3 0 2 3.86 0 2 2
Ryan Dempster 69 13 9 4.00 14 136 80
Matt Garza 1 0 1 7.50 0 4 4
Randy Wells 10 2 4 3.10 0 49 17
Carlos Zambrano 60 20 15 4.09 0 283 146

Zambrano and Dempster are the deans of the staff.  Garza comes over from the AL, where I’ve only seen him once (08 ALDS, I believe).  Wells hopes to bounce back from a disappointing sophmore season.  Cashner moves to the rotation after mostly coming out of the bullpen last year.

Relief Pitchers

Name Games Wins Losses ERA Saves Ks Walks
John Grabow 13 1 0 4.66 0 11 3
Carlos Marmol 69 5 3 2.75 3 101 45
Sean Marshall 39 7 11 4.40 0 71 33
Marcos Mateo 0 0 0 —— 0 0 0
James Russell 3 0 0 2.45 0 3 0
Jeff Samardzija 7 0 0 3.37 0 6 3
Kerry Wood 55 10 12 3.80 11 217 109

John Grabow is basically a LOOGY.  Marmol set a record for highest K/9 last year, but still walks way too many people.  Marshall could probably be a 3-5 starter somewhere, but just never got the chance here.  Marcos Mateo, welcome to the show.  Nothing to say about Russell.  Samardzija might have made a poor career choice.  Kerry Wood turned down bigger offers to come back to the Northside.

Catchers

Name Games Average RBI Walks Ks 2B 3B HR SB
Koyie Hill 26 0.222 8 5 10 3 0 1 0
Geovany Soto 80 0.305 40 38 63 18 2 7 0

Soto had a bit of a bounce back year last year, and has been strong when I’ve been there.  Hill is a backup who really provides little offense.

Infielders

Name Games Average RBI Walks Ks 2B 3B HR SB
Jeff Baker 19 0.302 7 3 16 1 2 3 0
Darwin Barney 0 —– 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Starlin Castro 10 0.313 1 4 4 5 0 0 0
Blake DeWitt 8 0.185 3 3 4 1 0 0 0
Carlos Pena 9 0.379 8 4 11 2 0 1 2
Aramis Ramirez 226 0.274 155 76 132 51 4 40 1

Ramirez has become the elder statesman of the infield.  Pena is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing season with Tampa Bay.  DeWitt played himself out of a starting job in spring training and has shown nothing when I’ve been in attendance.  Castro had a strong rookie season at the plate.  Jeff Baker injured himself attempting to light his farts on fire last year.  Barney came up long after I stopped going to games last year.

Outfielders

Name Games Average RBI Walks Ks 2B 3B HR SB
Marlon Byrd 22 0.259 4 4 17 4 0 0 3
Tyler Colvin 16 0.172 4 3 14 1 1 1 0
Kosuke Fukudome 74 0.258 20 34 49 15 3 1 7
Reed Johnson 39 0.280 23 3 26 5 1 2 1
Alfonso Soriano 116 0.279 48 30 107 27 1 17 11

Byrd started off strong, but faded down the stretch and has faced scutiny for his BALCO connections.  Colvin was in the midst of a decent rookie season when he got stabbed in the heart by a bat shard.  Fukudome has been a bust and finishes out his contract.  Johnson is fine for what he is.  Soriano has not come close to what the Cubs thought they were getting and still has 5? years left on his deal.