The Toronto Blue Jays recently got an incredible visitor at Rogers Centre.
On Monday, the Jays welcomed former pitcher Mark Buehrle in their stadium.
Buehrle pitched for the Blue Jays from 2013 to 2015 and had very good results.
Pitching in the tough AL East in those three seasons, the left-hander had a 40-28 record, a 3.78 ERA, and 349 strikeouts in 604.1 frames.
“Look who came to watch us! Hello, Papa Buehrle,” the Blue Jays’ Twitter account wrote on Monday night.
Look who came to watch us!
Hello, Papa Buehrle 👋 pic.twitter.com/dj5r4G3hEL
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 24, 2022
Buehrle is a welcomed guest in Toronto’s ballpark, as he was part of the start of the rebuild process that saw the Jays go from fifth in the division in 2013, third in 2014, and to the American League Championship Series in 2015.
In just three seasons, he did more than enough to earn the love of Toronto’s fans.
However, he is more of a legend in Chicago.
A Truly Amazing Career
From 2000 to 2011, he was part of the White Sox’s rotation, even winning the unforgettable 2005 World Series against the Houston Astros.
He was fifth in the Cy Young voting that year.
With a 214-160 lifetime record, a 3.81 ERA, and 1,870 strikeouts in 3,283.1 innings, Buehrle has been part of the Hall of Fame ballot in the last two seasons.
In fact, with 5.8 percent of the ballots in 2022, he will remain there for next year.
He probably won’t go to Cooperstown, but he had an amazing career that many kids would dream of.
He won the World Series, pitched for several teams, was close to winning the award for best pitcher in a season, and is a hero in two cities.
Buehrle was a notable MLB contributor in the 2000s and the early part of the 2010s.