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.