Courtesy of Topps.
Ron Fairly – 1977
Stats – .279/.362/.465, 19 HR, 64 RBI
At 38-years-old, Ron Fairly was the first Blue Jays player to head to the All-Star Game, winning the nod in the team’s inaugural season. To be honest, Fairly was more than qualified for the honor as well, putting up a solid first half that saw the designated hitter produce a slash-line of .307/.396/.502 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI.
However, Fairly saw a huge drop-off in the second half of the season, stumbling to a .234/.302/.404 slash and adding just 6 home runs and 19 RBI after the All-Star break. The key factor in that fall-off was a drop in BABIP, which fell from .313 in the first half to .241.
1977 would be the only season that Fairly spent with the Blue Jays, closing out his career the next season as a member of the California Angels, where his second half slide carried over into a rough 1978 season.
In truth, the Blue Jays would have been better represented by third baseman Roy Howell, who hit .316/.386/.451 for the full season. However, Howell would get his just deserts in 1978, when he received the Blue Jays honor.