Dave Stieb: Simply the Best

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

Dave Stieb is the best starting pitcher the Jays have ever had. Roy Halladay is #2 on that all-time list. This, my friends, is not up for debate. It's a fact.

SOTD has Stieb as the best starting pitcher from 1982-1985. With that in mind, take note of this... In addition to his 1990 no-hitter, both of his last two starts in 1988 were one-hitters, with the lone single coming with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 9th inning in each game. Check out these gems.

And finally, in the greatest baseball song this side of Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Dave Stieb is the Dave who was putting down a smoker. It's true, you can look it up.

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His slider was a work of art.

September 16, 2008 @ 6:08 PM


Best starting pithcer for Blue jays ever & Halliday #3 behind Jimmy Key.

September 16, 2008 @ 8:20 PM

Hobo Joe

I know this is the wrong entry for this but, I wanted you to catch the Terminator clip with When The Man Comes Around:


September 16, 2008 @ 8:49 PM

Toronto Mike

Hobo Joe, I get an email with the contents of every comment left on this blog, so you could have dropped that link on the right entry. Very cool - that tune works great with those kinds of scenes.

As for Key being better than Halladay, that's an interesting debate. I've witnessed both careers and I think Halladay has the edge. Halladay dominates like Key never did, although I do believe Key was underrated.

Excluding the Rocket b/c he was only here for 2 years...

1. Stieb
2. Halladay
3. Key
4. Clancy
5. Hentgen

September 16, 2008 @ 9:08 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

1. Halladay (hes earned it)
2. Stieb
3. Key
4. Clancy
5. Juan Guzman/Todd Stottlemyre
6. Hentgen
7. Cerutti
8. Wells
9. Morris (hed be up further but his time here was limited)
10. Dave Stewart (Same for him as for Jack)

September 16, 2008 @ 9:26 PM

Toronto Mike

Stieb vs. Halladay is a close one, but I give the edge to Stieb. Stieb has the most wins, most complete games and the lowest ERA. He also has those 5 one-hitters and the no-hitter and the two all-star game starts.

You had to be there to appreciate Stieb. There was no better starter in baseball. I stand by my top five.

p.s. You're being awfully generous to Cerutti and Guzman was probably a little overrated, although I loved the guy.

September 16, 2008 @ 9:34 PM


Hey TorontoMike I just want to thank you for this blog. Dave Stieb, being my Godfather, I of course am one of his biggest fans. Not only was he an outstanding pitcher, he is a great person. Thanks for sticking the truth out there!

September 25, 2008 @ 2:01 PM


While the Doc is great, he is no Dave Stieb. Dave just didn't get the run support.

I still put 37 on every sports uniform I wear. I think that his number should be retired, not just honoured.

When I went to school in Guelph, I was in residence with a pair of twins that used to babysit his kids.

Great job Toronto Mike!

May 18, 2009 @ 1:24 AM


Guzman was the Blue Jay's best post season starter in 92&93. For that reason alone he needs to be discussed as one of the best pitchers the Jays have ever had.

June 22, 2009 @ 12:10 PM

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