DINGERS FROM THE 6IX
Yes it finally happened. We all knew it was coming once the Blue Jays signed Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, but we were all still surprised and of course deeply saddened. Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Cleveland Indians, and we were all disappointed and depressed, but thankful and appreciative of what Encarnacion did for the Blue Jays. My question is whether or not Edwin Encarnacion did enough to receive a spot on the Blue Jays level of excellence? So I decided to investigate and the answer is more difficult than you might think.
Consider the five Jays position players to make it onto the Level of Excellence. The list consists of George Bell, Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Carlos Delgado, and Tony Fernandez. Is Encarnacion worthy of a spot on this list? For this, I am going rank players based on several statistics with the Blue Jays including and assign points to each position player on the level of excellence plus Encarnacion, and will then try to see where he ranks among them. The top ranked player will receive 5 points, while the remaining players will receive points in descending order until zero.
As you can see, Encarnacion has enough stats to exceed the only Jay in history to have their number retired and approach the other members of the level of excellence. In addition to this unfortunate fact, Encarnacion lacks something he certainly needs if he wished to join the Level of Excellence; he needed to win a ring and/or meaningful individual awards. Every players on this list has rings except for Delgado and Bell, and you can see their stats are ridiculous enough that they deserve to be immortalized at the Rogers Center. When you combine this with the fact that Encarnacion was a DH for much of his time with the Blue Jays, you see why many feel he hasn’t done enough. He would statistically rank as the second worst player on the Level of Excellence, and without the rings or major accolades he needs to compensate, its likely never going to happen.
But just to make sure, I added additional points for accolades, including 1 point for a gold glove, 1 point for silver slugger, 1 point for a signature moment (admittedly subjective), 1 for an all-star selection, 3 for MVP, and 3 for winning the World Series.
What this shows, is that despite doing everything he could for the Blue Jays, Encarnacion is not quite worthy of being on the Level of Excellence. Despite this, I think we can all agree that Encarnacion has been a force in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup for more than half a decade, and we are all very thankful for what he has done for our organization. In my opinion, Encarnacion could be discussed as one of the top 10 players is francise history. Thank you Edwin, I hope you lose to the Jays in the 2017 ALCS.