Toronto Blue Jays legend Dave Stieb was robbed of 3 Cy Young Awards

TORONTO, ON - CIRCA 1991: Dave Stieb #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during an Major League Baseball game circa 1991 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. Stieb played for the Blue Jays from 1979-92. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - CIRCA 1991: Dave Stieb #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during an Major League Baseball game circa 1991 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. Stieb played for the Blue Jays from 1979-92. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Dave Stieb, Toronto Blue Jays
TORONTO, CANADA – AUGUST 14: Former pitcher Dave Stieb #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays is introduced during the fortieth season celebrations honoring the greatest Blue Jays pitchers in franchise history before the start of MLB game action against the Houston Astros on August 14, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Dave Stieb was shortchanged in 1985 too, but the BBWAA voters got the winner right

Dave Stieb came in 7th place again (and, again, with one third place vote) in 1985, when the Toronto Blue Jays got to the ALCS. He led the league in some stats (ERA, ERA+, H/9) and was in the top five in many others but the BBWAA voters got it right with Bret Saberhagen.

Saberhagen had a better FIP, WHIP, walk rate, strikeout rate, complete games, and many other stats. He also had four fewer starts and 30 fewer innings but a higher rWAR (7.1 to 6.8). Stieb probably should have finished in second, though.

If Stieb would have won three Cy Young Awards and three straight Cy Young Awards at that, he would almost certainly be a Hall of Famer. Only 10 pitchers have won 3 or more Cy Young Awards. 7 of them are in the Hall of Fame, 2 are still pitching, and the all-time leader (Roger Clemens) isn’t in the Hall of Fame because of suspected PED use.

dark. Next. The Blue Jays need to retire Stieb's number

Unfortunately, Dave Stieb has come just a dollar short on a lot of things in his career but that doesn’t negate the fact that he is one of the best pitchers to ever pitch and the best pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays in their franchise history. Perhaps, he will get some more recognition in the future, and really, it could start with the Blue Jays themselves.