Toronto Blue Jays: All-Time Leaders in Home Runs
By Jason Reed
Ironically, the third member of the Killer B’s is the sixth best home run hitter in Blue Jays history, giving the outfield trio the sixth, seventh and eighth ranks. Bell was obviously the most prolific home run hitter of the trio and was one of the league’s best players in the mid-’80s.
Bell had a five-year stretch with the Blue Jays in which he hit at least 24 home runs each season. In those five seasons, Bell slugged 156 home runs, drove in 521 RBIs and hit .291. Bell was third in the entire league in both home runs and RBIs during that span and was sixth in total hits.
This offensive prowess that Bell possessed led to a number of accolades. Bell was a two-time all-star with the Blue Jays, won three consecutive Silver Sluggers from 1985-1987 and won the 1985 AL MVP. In the ninth season in franchise history, the Blue Jays had their first ever MVP. The organization would not see another winner until Josh Donaldson in 2015.
Bell not only was the best slugger for the Blue Jays in the ’80s, he is one of the best to ever do it in Toronto. He ranks:
- 12th – WAR – 20.2
- Fourth – RBIs – 740
- Fifth – Hits – 1294
Bell is one of just six players with at least 4500 plate appearances in franchise history. Three of the other five rank ahead of him on this list.
Most memorable home run: Three home run game on Opening Day in 1988. Bell was the first to ever hit three on Opening Day, a feat that has only been accomplished twice since.