Feb 19, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; The Toronto Blue Jays logo at the
Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Shawn Green was unquestionably a great player in a major league uniform no matter the variety he took on.
Drafted by the Blue Jays in 1991 in the first round with the 15th pick, Green advanced himself quickly through the system and even finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in 1995.
Green continued his strong showing, exemplifying power to all fields popularly remembered by his pre-game home run derbies with Delgado at the former Sky Dome.
After launching 42 home runs with a .309/.384/.588 slash and 123 RBI in 1999, Green ventured to the Los Angeles Dodgers where he would finish in the top 10 of MVP voting twice in five seasons.
Green moved on-to the Arizona Diamondbacks before reuniting forces with Delgado again in the Big Apple’s less famed team, the New York Mets, where he spent two seasons before retiring at the age of 34.
He retired with a total 328 home runs and had he run out his career into his late thirties, he may have surpassed the 400 homer plateau.
Nevertheless, Green’s .283/.355/.494 career slash and 29.9 WAR is nothing to be ignored, especially among other Blue Jay draftees.