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Blue Jays: Seven players who have earned a statue at the Rogers Centre

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 14: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays flips his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 14: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays flips his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 11: Former player Tom Henke #50 of the Toronto Blue Jays acknowledges the fans during pre-game ceremonies honoring the club’s back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993 before the start of MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre on August 11, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Tom Henke

A fourth-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 1980, right-hander Tom Henke was used sparingly through his first three seasons before the Toronto Blue Jays acquired him as compensation for Texas signing free agent Cliff Johnson.

This proved to be a costly move for the Rangers, as Henke became one of the dominant relievers in the American League. Nicknamed “The Terminator”, the Missouri product became a prominent force in the Jays’ bullpen over the next eight seasons, earning a 2.48 ERA through 563.0 innings of work, collecting a franchise-leading 217 saves in the process.

This isn’t the only category Henke leads in franchise history, as the right-hander also sits top in ERA, K/9 (10.3), K/BB (3.88), and FIP (2.53).  Henke was instrumental in the Blue Jays’ 1992 World Series season, as he allowed just one earned run through eight innings of work in the playoffs.

Known for his large-rimmed glasses, Henke is widely regarded as one of the top Blue Jays relievers throughout the franchise’s history.

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