When the DH is away …

Contributed by James Carruthers

With Interleague play starting today with the Jays in Atlanta, Roy Halladay will step to the plate tonight for his 18th career game as both a pitcher and a hitter.

Boasting just three hits at the plate in his career, Halladay’s average of .081 is a far cry from pitching and hitting greats such as Wes Ferrell (ERA 4.04, BA, .280), Babe Ruth (ERA 2.28 BA, .342), or even current stars like young Micah Owings of the Cincinnati Reds (4.93 ERA, BA .317).

As a tribute to Doc’s return to the plate, here are how some of the Jays’ most famous names to grace the mound fared when they got a taste of their own medicine as hitters …

Dave Stieb – While interleague play wasn’t introduced until 1997, Stieb still had two at bats in a Jays uniform. That being said, the only Jay to throw a no-hitter went hitless himself in those appearances.

Juan Guzman – Guzman wouldn’t make most of his plate appearances until traded to the NL Reds in 1999, but did face some pitches as a Jay – again with no hits. Over his career, however, Guzman’s four hits in 34 at bats and resulting .118 BA could maybe let him brag to Cy Young winner Halladay about his plate prowess.

David “Boomer” Wells – Wells had 12 at bats as a Jay when he returned to Toronto in 1999-2000. His one hit in this period gives him only a slightly better BA (.083) than Halladay as a Jay, but Wells’ career totals leave him with a ‘respectable’ .129 average for a pitcher.

Pat Hentgen – Hentgen may have one of the worst batting records for a pitcher in a Jays uniform. With only one hit in 19 Jays at bats, Hentgen’s .052 BA puts him among the franchise’s worst.

Todd Stottlemyre – Who can forget the 1993 World Series where Stottlemyre scraped and bloodied his chin sliding into third base? Memorable as it was, as a Jay, that was his only time on the base paths (as he pitched only two innings of the 15-14 slugfest that was Game 4). Unfortunately for his batting average, it was the result of a walk from Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene. But the bruises and poor baserunning may have taught Stottlemyre a thing or two: After being traded to the NL, Stottlemyre would post an ‘amazing’ career .207 average when he left the game in 2002. As a side note, his on-base-percentage as a Jay is a perfect 1.000.

Roger Clemens – With just six at bats as a Jay, his sample size may seem to be too small for accuracy, but with one hit in those at bats, Clemens’ .170 average puts him among the best hitting Jays pitchers. Coincidentally, the sample size may still be accurate. That average is nearly identical to his career average of .173.

David Cone – The left-handed hitting, right-handed pitching Cone went 2 for 4 in 5 plate appearances over 2 games in the 1992 World Series with the Jays. His post-season average would level out to .144 over time, leaving him with a career .155 mark.

Al Leiter – Leiter’s perfect batting record makes him the pitcher with the best record as a Jay. Of course, that’s one hit in one at bat in the 1993 WS. After 1993, he had no other post-season hits and his time spent in the NL resulted in a career .085 average.

A.J. Burnett – The much-booed Burnett played in four interleague games as a Jay and went hitless in all nine plate appearances. He’ll get another crack at it tonight as a Yankee as Interleague begins hoping to add to a career .130 batting record.

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