1) Vernon Wells - 215
Finally we come to Vernon Wells, who as well as holding the number one spot for most hits in a season, is the most recent to do it. Although we appreciate 20 years ago isn't that recent.
Wells sometimes gets a bad rap, due to the seven-year, $126 million USD contract extension he signed following the 2006 season. At the time it was the richest deal in Blue Jays history, and has since gone on to arguably become one of their worst due to how it played out.
However, if you are able to put the contract to one side, we are looking at a player who was one of the most productive in team history. In this respect, the three-time All-Star is near the top in a number of important categories.
More specifically, Wells is second in hits, RBI, doubles and total bases, third in runs and fourth in home runs. He's also fifth all-time among Blue Jays position players with a 28.7 WAR and fourth with a 30.3 offensive WAR.
Turning to individual campaigns, 2003 was the peak for the three-time Gold Glove Award winner. He set single-season career-highs for home runs, RBI, doubles, runs, total bases, slash line, OPS and OPS+.
It was a phenomenal season for Wells, who earned his first All-Star selection and one career Silver Slugger Award, while also receiving some AL MVP consideration. Among all this however, his number of hits might well have been the crowning achievement.
As was the case with a number of other players on this list, the centre fielder didn't begin the season as if he was going to achieve something extra special. Not that 28 hits during April (plus one in March) was anything shabby!
Wells caught fire the following two months, with 39 and 41 hits in May and June respectively. A combined 71 hits in the next couple of months, put him at 180 hits with still one month to go in the season.
The 1997 fifth overall draft pick reached the 200-mark on September 16, in Detroit. With that out of the way and still 12 games remaining, he could now take aim at Fernández's all-time record.
Wells was able to equal Fernández's 213 hits with three games to go, surpassing it a day later to set the new standard of 215. Whether anyone ever beats this remains to be seen, although it could be worth putting some money on Bichette, especially if he sticks around for the long-term.