|SHINED THE BRIGHTEST IN THE POSTSEASON.|
|PITCHED IN THE POSTSEASON FOR THREE TEAMS.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Possessing a pedestrian fastball but superior guile, Jimmy Key was the perfect "crafty lefty.'' Backdoor slider? Check. Impeccable control? Check. Sneaky pickoff move? Check. Key was a valuable No. 3 starter for three teams during his 15-year career, winning 186 games, posting a 3.51 ERA and finishing runner-up twice for the AL Cy Young Award. He added five more wins in the postseason, where he compiled a 3.15 ERA in 68.2 innings.
- In his final ever start for the Blue Jays, Key was his typical efficient self on Oct. 21 in Game 4 of the '92 World Series. He handcuffed the Braves, outdueling #87 Tom Glavine, for 7 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts. The Jays won 2-1 to take a 3-1 Series lead.
- Key went 17-8 with a major-league leading 2.76 ERA in '87. His 164 ERA+ also lead baseball. He allowed 210 hits over his career-high 261 innings.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Taken in the third round of the '82 draft out of Clemson University.
- Pitched in 63 games in '84, all out of the bullpen where he notched 10 saves.
- Key was the winning pitcher in relief in the '92 Game 6 Series clincher. He allowed no earned runs in 1 1/3 inning, winning his second game.
- In addition to besting Glavine in the World Series, Key also got the best of #85 Greg Maddux in the '96 World Series in the deciding Game 6. Key allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Braves.
- Battled staying healthy throughout his career, spending significant time on the disabled list in '88, '89, '90, '95, '96 and '98.