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Blue Jays best pitching repertoire: Building the ultimate pitcher

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: American League All-Star Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: American League All-Star Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images) /
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UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1985: Jimmy Key #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during a Major League Baseball game circa 1985. Key played for the Blue Jays from 1984-92. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1985: Jimmy Key #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during a Major League Baseball game circa 1985. Key played for the Blue Jays from 1984-92. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

What if you could build the ultimate Blue Jays pitcher with the best fastball, curveball, slider, and other offerings in franchise history? Let’s have some fun and speculate on what that fantasy pitcher could look like.

With all of the Top 10 lists, and “Best of” lists that are floating around social media lately, it got me thinking about an equally “useful” question.

If you could combine the best pitches in Blue Jays history, what would that pitcher look like? Meaning, if you took the best fastball we’ve ever seen in the uniform, and combined it with the pitcher with the best slider, and so on, how devastating would that pitcher be? And even more interesting to debate, which hurlers would hold the distinction of having the best pitch in franchise history?

I don’t want to spoil it for you, but in case I haven’t explained the scenario well enough yet, imagine it works like this with some non-Blue Jays. Say you take Randy Johnson‘s fastball, combine it with Pedro Martinez‘s change-up, Mariano Rivera‘s cutter, and R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball (kidding), and you would have a pretty remarkable pitcher.

In this scenario we’re going to look at the best of the best when it comes to Blue Jays pitchers throughout franchise history. For the sake of keeping things interesting, I decided to only allow one pitch per pitcher, meaning that our most recent Hall of Fame inductee can’t top the list for more than one offering, even if he likely does in reality.

With all of that in mind, let the debate big about how to build the best pitcher in Blue Jays history, and who had the best pitches to make that up.

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