Now that we are in the year 2014, a very important question is upon us: who were the best pair of Blue Jays to wear #20 and #14 in a particular season? You probably won't be able to guess this one.
|1978||Al Woods||-0.5||Butch Alberts / Tom Hutton||-0.3||-0.8|
|1982||Al Woods||-0.7||Geno Petralli||0.2||-0.5|
|1984||Ron Shepherd||-0.2||Geno Petralli||-0.1||-0.3|
|1988||Rob Ducey*||0.6||Alexis Infante||-0.2||0.4|
|1989||Rob Ducey||-0.2||Alexis Infante||-0.1||-0.3|
|1991||Rob Ducey||0.2||Derek Bell||-0.2||0.0|
|1992||Rob Ducey||-0.6||Derek Bell||0.7||0.1|
|1995||Domingo Cedeno||-0.1||Howard Battle||0.1||0.0|
|1996||Domingo Cedeno||-0.5||Tilson Brito||-0.1||-0.6|
|1997||Woody Williams**||1.5||Ruben Sierra||-0.2||1.3|
|1998||Pat Lennon / Mike Stanley||1.3||Kevin Brown||0.5||1.8|
|1999||Pat Lennon / Rob Butler||-0.5||Kevin Brown||0.1||-0.4|
|2000||Brad Fullmer||1.6||Dave Martinez||0.8||2.4|
|2008||Rod Barajas***||1.3||Robinzon Diaz||-0.1||1.2|
|2009||Rod Barajas||0.7||Brian Burres||0.1||0.8|
|2012||Jesse Chavez / Bobby Korecky||-0.3||Moises Sierra / Eric Thames||-1.2||-1.5|
* Rob Ducey also wore #40 in 1988
** Woody Williams also wore #30 and #54 in 1997
*** Rod Barajas also wore #23 in 2008
A limitation to this analysis is that three of the players on the list had switched uniform numbers in mid-season, and unfortunately there is no splits based on what number they were wearing. So here we simplify by pretending they wore either #20 or #14 the whole season. For players who played for multiple teams in a particular season, the fWAR numbers listed are for their contribution as Blue Jays only.
Who would've guessed that the best pair of #20 & #14 teammates would've been the 2000 tandem of Brad Fullmer and Dave Martinez? In 2000, DH Brad Fullmer slugged 32 homers with a .295/.340/.558 line with a wRC+ of 118 in 133 games. Dave Martinez, if you recall, was an August acquisition and still put up 0.8 WAR for the Jays. The right fielder hit .311/.393/.411 (wRC+ of 109) in 47 games with Toronto. Actually the Blue Jays were the fourth team Martinez suited up for in 2000, after the Rays, Cubs, and Rangers.
The worst pair--well, foursome--came in 2012 when Moises Sierra, Eric Thames, Jesse Chavez, and Bobby Korecky all had negative fWAR, leading to a pretty horrible sum.