- 2006 Toronto Blue Jays

Wednesday, October 04 2006 @ 12:58 PM EDT

Contributed by: Bruce Wrigley

The incomparable Sean Forman of has released the 2006 statistics.  Remarkable speed!

This link will take you to the 2006 Blue Jays statistics.  A few things that jump out at me...

Despite the increase in attendance, the Blue Jays still ranked 8th of 14 teams in the American League

No Blue Jay had a great year with the bat, although a number of players were very good.  So if guys were playing over their heads, they weren't ridiculously far over.  Except for Adam Lind in 60 at-bats.

A.J. Burnett's season, though truncated, looks quite good statistically.  If Burnett can produce at that level and stay fairly healthy, the Jays will be quite reasonably happy.  He's really a very consistent pitcher, which you wouldn't expect given his personality.

Putting Josh Towers next to B.J. Ryan in the statistics is cruel and unusual punishment.   B.J.'s numbers look less like a video game statline than they did at midseason, but it's still an extremely impressive performance.

Shea Hillenbrand's raw fielding numbers were horrific, and there's obviously a good reason he didn't play more in the field.  If future generations are looking for a reason why Hillenbrand left town, they'll likely point to his glove.

Brandon League threw 42 innings without a wild pitch?  How is this possible?  League's numbers are very impressive.

Blue Jays who were not middle infielders combined for three sacrifice bunts all season.  I suspect that this is a record.

For a very slow team, the Jays ran extremely well, finishing 8th of the 14 AL teams in stolen bases.  They had a good stolen-base percentage.

Ted Lilly led the team in strikeouts per nine innings.

Alex Rios's ability to produce in tough situations is highlighted by leading the team in sacrifice flies.

What else comes to your attention when you look at the 2006 numbers?