Who are the last 7 Blue Jays players to have 100 RBI in a single season?

With the Toronto Blue Jays lineup underachieving as a whole in 2023, we take a look back to see which players have reached 100 RBI during the previous decade.
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Edwin Encarnación (2016)

When is 89 better than 91? When comparing the Blue Jays' 2016 season to their 2021 campaign.

That's because, despite the Blue Jays winning less games in 2016, they actually qualified for the playoffs. They also ranked lower in scoring at ninth, although they did again finish fifth-best in run differential. (Albeit at just +93 compared to +183 in 2021.)

Continuing this theme on an individual level, the Blue Jays had just one player reach 100 RBI compared to the four in 2021. But what an effort it turned out to be, by Edwin Encarnación.

For a start, Encarnación's 127 RBI surpassed Hernández's 116 in 2021. In addition, the former's RBI total led the AL in 2016, with what was a single-season career-high.

In this respect, 2016 was arguably the three-time All-Star's best overall season in his 16-year Major League career. He also set single-season bests with 158 hits, 318 total bases and 99 runs, while tying another career-high of 42 home runs.

Having said (written) all this, Josh Donaldson was actually the Blue Jays' best offensive player in 2016. He might have just missed out on 100 RBI by one, but he led the team in a variety of other categories.

This included hits, walks, runs, slash line and OPS, as well as producing a fantastic 7.4 WAR which doubled Encarnación in second place. While Donaldson didn't repeat his AL MVP award of the previous year, he still finished fourth in voting and won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award.

Ultimately though as a team, the Blue Jays would fall short of their goal to win a third World Series. After beating the Orioles in the single-elimination Wild Card game and sweeping the Rangers 3-0 in the ALDS, they couldn't handle the then-Indians as they lost 4-1 in the ALCS.