Short, scribbled thoughts on 20 wins

Jack Morris, Pat Hentgen, Roger Clemens, David Wells, Roy Halladay, J.A. Happ.

Six starters who reached the 20-win mark while wearing a Blue Jays uniform. Six starters over 40 seasons. Some won 20+ games more than once; three capturing Cy Young awards for their efforts. 

Oddly enough, I have no recollection of David Wells winning 20 games in 2000. I remember him having a great first half. I remember him starting for the American League at the All-Star game. Yet I don’t remember him actually winning 20 games. I vividly remember the other five reaching that mark, but not Boomer for some reason. 

And sure, pitching wins aren’t in vogue as they use to be. Still, 20 wins are an accomplishment not to be ignored. It says something about how effective the starter and his teammates are; maybe not as thorough as other traditional stats and sabermetrics, but it still gets the message across. 

So congrats to Mr. Happ! Not bad for a guy fans weren’t too thrilled about just a few months ago 😉

[Full disclosure: I liked the signing, but wasn’t crazy about the contract and its monetary value.]

ER

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