Blue Jays All-Time Lists

Blue Jays All-Time WAR Leaders- Position Players

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Jose Bautista (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 09: Manager Ernie Whitt of Canada talks with home plate umpire Brian Gorman after objects were thrown onto the field by fans during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group D game against Mexico at Chase Field on March 9, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. Canada defeated Mexico 10-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 09: Manager Ernie Whitt of Canada talks with home plate umpire Brian Gorman after objects were thrown onto the field by fans during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group D game against Mexico at Chase Field on March 9, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. Canada defeated Mexico 10-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

#15- Ernie Whitt- 19.2 WAR

Ernie Whitt was the 34th selection in the 1976 expansion draft that featured the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays alternating picks between rounds. Whitt was the 14th player drafted by the Jays and the second catcher drafted, the Mariners had selected Bob Stinson with the 25th pick.

The backstop spent 12 years with the Blue Jays spanning from 1977 through to 1989 compiling a 19.2 WAR over the course of 1218 games with Toronto. His best season in terms of WAR was 1983 when he posted a 3.4 rating while hitting .256/.346/.459 with 17 homers, 56 runs batted in and 50 walks in 400 plate appearances.

For his career north of the border, Whitt and his tools of ignorance hit .253/.327/.420 with 131 home runs over 3977 plate appearances. The veteran catcher also represented the Blue Jays at the 1985 All-Star game, his only career appearance.

The Blue Jays eventually traded Whitt along with outfielder Kevin Batiste to the Atlanta Braves at the conclusion of 1989 season in exchange for pitcher Ricky Trlicek.

Whitt has stayed true to his adopted Canadian roots managing Team Canada on the International scene since 1999 winning gold medals in the previous two Pan-Am games.

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