Toronto Blue Jays: Complete games in a single season – Dave Steib – 19
Unless Sidd Finch is walking through that door, Dave Steib’s record of 19 complete games in a season is going to stand the test of time.
From most career balks to most career wins, Steib owns almost every pitching record the team has. While it’s unlikely that another Jays pitcher balks 14 times in his career, Steib’s mark of 19 complete games in 1982 will certainly never fall.
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Pitchers are throwing harder than ever before. While this does make for incredible performances, it also means more injuries.
Also, with analytics saying that the third time through the batting order is a no-go for starters, managers are much more likely to employ their flame-throwing bullpen arms than leave starters to finish games.
Unbelievably, Steib wasn’t an All-Star the year he set this mark, despite leading all of baseball in shutouts, innings pitched, batters faced and, of course, complete games. He managed all of this while sporting a trim 3.25 ERA.
Was what Steib managed in ’82 good for his arm? Probably not, but he’ll live in immortality because of it.
Which Blue Jays record do you think will never be broken? Can you see any new ones being made this season? Let us know in the comments below.