» May 4, 1997: Detroit P Willie Blair suffers a broken jaw when he's struck by a 107-mile-per-hour line drive off the bat of Cleveland's Julio Franco in the 6th inning of the Tigers' 2-0 victory. Blair still gets credit for the win.
» July 6, 1997:
In Detroit, the Tigers top the Orioles, 14–9, their 3rd straight win after 11 consecutive losses. Brian Johnson and Travis Fryman homer for the Tigers while teammate Bobby Higginson adds a two-run inside-the-park homer, his fifth round tripper this week. For Scott Erickson (11-4) it is the worst start of his career for Baltimore, allowing all 12 runs, 11 earned, and 10 hits in four 1-3 innings. Willie Blair (6-4) takes the win in relief. The O's are led by Rafael Palmeiro's homer, triple and single and homers by Geronimo Berroa, Jeff Reboulet and Tony Tarasco.
» December 8, 1997: The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Willie Blair to a 3-year contract.
» July 31, 1998:
In a flurry of transactions at the trading deadline, many involving free agents-to-be, the Mets trade OF Bernard Gilkey, P Nelson Figueroa and cash to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Willie Blair, C Jorge Fabregas and a player to be named. New York then obtains IF–OF Tony Phillips from the Blue Jays for P Leoncio Estrella, and sends the Brewers P Bill Pulsipher for IF Mike Kinkade.
» December 4, 1998: The Mets trade P Willie Blair to the Tigers in exchange for IF Joe Randa.