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Toronto Blue Jays All-Time ERA Leaders

Updated on March 25, 2010

Tom Henke

Duane Ward

The Toronto Blue Jays have been a major league franchise since 1977, entering the league as an expansion team the same year as the Seattle Mariners.  The Jays have had slightly more success than Seattle, winning the World Series in both 1992 and 1993, and have been fairly competitive otherwise.  They also have continually developed great pitching talent.  Here is a short list of the Jays’ all-time leaders to date in ERA:

Tom Henke (2.48)—Tom Henke played for the Jays most of his career, from 1985 to 1992, and was their closer most of that time.  Henke ranks first in Jays’ history with a  2.48 ERA.  He had one of his best seasons for the Jays in 1989, when he posted a 1.92 ERA with an 8-3 record, 20 saves and 116 strikeouts.

Duane Ward (3.18)—Duane Ward pitched for Toronto most of his career, from 1986 to 1995, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 3.18 earned run average.  Ward had a career best 1.95 ERA in 1992, but his best overall season was 1993.  That year, Ward went 2-3 with a 2.13 ERA, and had a career high 45 saves to lead the American League.  He also had 97 strikeouts in just 71 innings of work.

Dave Stieb (3.42)—Dave Stieb pitched for the Jays most of his career, from 1979 to 1992 and again briefly in 1998.  Stieb ranks third in team history with a 3.42 ERA, and he had one of his best seasons in 1985.  That year, Stieb posted a career best (and AL leading) ERA of 2.48.  He also had a 14-13 record and 167 strikeouts that season. 

Jimmy Key (3.42)—Jimmy Key began his major league career with the Blue Jays and pitched in Toronto from 1984 to 1992.  He ranks fourth in the team’s history with a 3.42 earned run average, and had his best overall season with the Jays in 1987.  That year, Key went 17-8 with a career best 2.76 ERA (led the AL), and 161 strikeouts. 

Roy Halladay (3.43)—Roy Halladay pitched in Toronto from 1998 to 2009, before being traded to the Phillies.  Halladay ranks fifth in Jays’ franchise history with a 3.43 ERA and had his best mark of 1.93 when he appeared in just two games.  Halladay’s best overall season was 2003, when he won the AL Cy Young Award.  That year, Halladay went 22-7 (career high in wins), with a 3.25 ERA and 204 strikeouts. 


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      HealthyHayden 6 years ago from Canada

      Jimmy Key was my absolute favorite player growing up. He was such a smart pitcher who worked the plate so well. And his pickoff move was top-notch.

      I remember when he picked off Otis Nixon in the first inning of a world series game - it sent chills up my spine.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for all your information. Great hub.