PATTI GOWER / TORONTO STAR
Dave Stieb- 7 Time All Star! 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990
Dave Stieb just might be the best Blue Jay of all time. And, if you think that Jose Bautista doesn’t get enough love south of the border, Stieb may be able to claim even less. He might be one of the best players to NOT get into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He finished as high as 4th in Cy Young voting where he threw 19 complete games for 288 innings and 1187 batters faced, which all led the league. He finished his career with a record of 176-137 and an ERA of 3.44. 140 wins came in the 1980’s, which gave him the second most.
He threw the Toronto Blue Jays first (and only) no hitter in 1990 against the Indians. But, previously to that, in 1985, he had a no-no into the ninth. He had two starts in a row where he took no hitters to the ninth with two outs in September, 1988. And, in 1989, he had a perfecto going into the ninth, but with two outs, his bid ended. The argument can be made that Stieb was in fact the most valuable Blue Jays pitcher of all time. His career WAR of 57 would suggest he is.
Stieb was named the starting pitcher for the 1983 and 1984 All Star Game! He joins that esteemed list from earlier of guys who’ve started 2 or more All Star games.
Next: Not Enough All Star Nods, But Still Honorable