Greatest Toronto Blue Jays Sluggers of All-Time
Joe Carter's Big Home Run
The Blue Jays have only been a franchise since 1977, but they have always had a knack for evaluating talent and fielding good teams. And during the glory years of the 80's and 90's, the Jays had some great sluggers. Here is a list of the team's all-time Top 10 in home runs:
Carlos Delgado (336)-Carlos Delgado has never won an MVP award, but he's always been incredibly steady. Even today, at the age of 36 with the Mets, he's on pace for 30 homers and 100 RBI in 2008. Anyway, Delgado played for the Jays from 1992 until 2004, and leads the franchise by a mile with 336 career homers in a Toronto uniform. Between 1997 and 2004, Delgado never hit less than 30 home runs in a season (career high of 44 in 1999), and his best year with the team was 2003, when he hit .302 with 42 homers and 145 RBI.
Joe Carter (203)-Well, why wouldn't Mr. Carter be on here? He's the one guy in Blue Jays' history who made the most impact with his dramatic championship-winning home run against the Phillies in 1993. Carter played for Toronto from 1991 to 1997, and always put up big numbers, ranking second in team history with 203 homers. His best season there was 1992, when he hit .264 with 34 homers and 119 runs batted in.
George Bell (202)-George Bell played on some of those good Jays teams in the ‘80's that won a couple of division titles (1981-1990). His 202 homers with Toronto ranks him third all-time with the team, and his best season was the MVP year of 1987, when Bell hit .308 with 47 home runs and 134 RBI.
Jesse Barfield (179)-With slugger Jesse Barfield and George Bell in the same lineup, you look back with fear for opposing pitchers at what this lineup must have been like. Barfield played for the Jays from 1981 to 1989, hitting 179 homers for the team along the way. His best season was 1986, with career highs in batting average (.289), home runs (40) and RBI (108).
Vernon Wells (166)-Though slipping in numbers in 2007 and 2008, Vernon Wells did have a good offensive run from 2002 to 2006, and has tallied 166 career homers since breaking into the big leagues in 1999, all with Toronto. Wells' best season was 2003, when he batted .317 with 33 homers and 117 RBI, and all of those numbers are career highs.
Lloyd Moseby (149)-Outfielder/DH Lloyd Moseby also played on those great Jays teams of the ‘80's, from 1980 to 1989. He banged out 149 homers with the team, and his best season in Toronto was 1987, when he batted .282 with 26 homers and 96 RBI.
Ernie Whitt (131)-Ernie Whitt was a charter member of the Jays in 1977, and was their starting catcher from 1980 to 1989. Whitt currently ranks seventh in Jays history with 131 home runs, and his best season in Toronto was 1987, when he had career high numbers in homers (19), RBI (75) and batting average (.269).
Fred McGriff (125)-Fred McGriff had a sweet power stroke, and played in the majors for 19 seasons, from 1986 to 2004. McGriff was a member of the Jays from 1986 to 1990, and even in that short time hit 125 homers, ranking him eighth in team history. McGriff's best season with the Jays was 1989, when he hit .269 with 36 homers and 92 runs batted in. In all, McGriff hit 493 career home runs.
Jose Cruz Jr. (122)-The son of former major leaguer and namesake Jose Cruz, this guy began his career with Seattle in 1997 and was traded to the Jays that season, playing there until 2002. Cruz ranks ninth in team history with 122 long balls, and his best season there was 2001, when he batted .274 with 34 homers and 88 RBI - all career highs.
Shawn Green (119)-Lanky outfielder Shawn Green began his career with the Jays in 1993, and played there until 1999. Green hit 119 homers while with Toronto, and his best season in a Jays' uniform was 1999, when he batted .309 with 42 home runs and 123 RBI.