#2- Jose Bautista- 37.0 WAR
Jose Bautista may be the most recognizable player in Blue Jays history, he is a household name anywhere in the country. The bat flips, the swagger, the home runs and apparently the WAR as Bautista finishes just short of first place in the All-Time Blue Jays WAR totals with 37.0.
Joey Bats and his story are well documented as the Blue Jays acquired the struggling Bautista from the Pittsburgh Pirates way back in 2008. He would spend a decade in Toronto and rival Delgado’s franchise records.
He single-handedly put baseball back on the map in 2010 when he launched 54 moonshots. The following season would be his best statistically speaking in terms of WAR. In 2011, Bautista hit .302/.447/.608 with 43 homers, 103 runs batted in and league-leading 132 bases on balls in 149 games. Joey Bats would set a career watermark for WAR that season totaling 8.3.
Bautista and the Blue Jays have since gone their separate ways as the slugger spent last season with different teams. It was the second straight season the Bautista has been a minus WAR player lowering his career total to 35.6.
We will always have Game 5 versus the Texas Rangers.