Blue Jays: Best players in franchise history to wear jersey numbers 41-50
Following the previous article, which looked at the best Toronto Blue Jays players to wear jersey numbers 31-40, we will now look at the best of the best at jersey numbers 41-50.
#41 Pat Hentgen
The Jays have only had four players wear the number 41, and Pat Hentgen was easily the best of the bunch. Having spent a decade in Toronto, he managed a 4.28 ERA over 1636.0 innings pitched. The right-hander experienced some inconsistency over the years, though when at his best, he was an above average pitcher, as proven by his three All-Star game selections and Cy Young Award winning season in 1996. He also holds the team’s fourth highest career WAR at 26.8. Others to wear number 41 include current Jays’ pitching coach Pete Walker, Aaron Sanchez and Rafael Dolis. Sanchez had promise - and showed some of it - but Hentgen is the clear choice here.
#42 Paul Mirabella
There will only ever be two players to wear the number 42 for the Blue Jays due to the league-wide retirement of the number for Jackie Robinson. Paul Mirabella and Xavier Hernandez both wore number 42 but neither player had much of an impact with the Jays. Since Hernandez only threw 22.2 innings, Mirabella will get the nod as the best Blue Jay ever to wear number 42. Mirabella pitched two subpar seasons in Toronto, with a 4.64 ERA and a 5-12 record over 145.1 innings pitched.