Jose Bautista / Presswire

Time for 1977′s other expansion team to get the Rushmore treatment.

Let’s get started.

First of all, can you guess which batter has the most career WAR for the Blue Jays? I bet you get it wrong.

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Tony Fernandez 35.3 1983 2001
2 Carlos Delgado 33.8 1993 2004
3 Jesse Barfield 27.9 1981 1989
4 Vernon Wells 26.1 1999 2010
5 Lloyd Moseby 23.7 1980 1989
6 Devon White 21.2 1991 1995
7 Roberto Alomar 21.0 1991 1995
8 John Olerud 20.7 1989 1996
9 George Bell 19.1 1981 1990
10 Alex Rios 19.0 2004 2009
11 Fred McGriff 18.4 1986 1990
12 Ernie Whitt 17.9 1977 1989
13 Shannon Stewart 17.3 1995 2008
14 Jose Bautista 17.0 2008 2012
15 Aaron Hill 15.1 2005 2011
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Generated 5/18/2012.

Delving into Fernandez’s components of WAR, he has nearly as many fielding runs (41) as batting runs (55) and gets a huge boost from his position (61).

One interesting entry here is Jose Bautista. He’s got the 1st and 7th-best WAR seasons in Blue Jays’ history but ranks only 14th above due to his short tenure with the team.

As for pitchers:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Dave Stieb 53.9 1979 1998
2 Roy Halladay 45.6 1998 2009
3 Jimmy Key 27.8 1984 1992
4 Pat Hentgen 24.7 1991 2004
5 Jim Clancy 22.6 1977 1988
6 Juan Guzman 19.5 1991 1998
7 Roger Clemens 19.4 1997 1998
8 Tom Henke 16.2 1985 1992
9 David Wells 13.7 1987 2000
10 Doyle Alexander 12.7 1983 1986
11 Ricky Romero 11.5 2009 2012
12 Mark Eichhorn 10.9 1982 1993
13 Paul Quantrill 10.5 1996 2001
14 Duane Ward 9.8 1986 1995
15 Kelvim Escobar 9.6 1997 2003
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Generated 5/18/2012.

Man, oh man. Lots of good candidates here. Aside from Stieb and Halladay (the two top players overall in Blue Jays’ WAR), there’s Jimmy Key and Pat Hentgen, who was a post-season hero.

When we think about the 1992 and 1993 championship teams, a few more players surface who don’t appear on the lists above: David Cone, Pat Borders, Paul Molitor, Al Leiter, Rickey Henderson, and Dave Stewart all deserve mention.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention Joe Carter. Notice that he wasn’t good enough to even make the top 15 in WAR. I’ve set up this post with a special internet browser cookie. Should you vote for Joe Carter in the poll below, your computer will blow up. Enough said.

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