Toronto Blue Jays: All-Time Leaders in Home Runs
By Jason Reed
Vernon Wells was a staple of the Toronto Blue Jays for nearly the entirety of the 2000s. Wells was a part of the Blue Jays when mediocrity was the standard. The team was not bad by any stretch, but they did fail to make the postseason and went 890-891 from 2000 to 2010. Again, not terrible, but just immensely mediocre.
Wells was one of the most consistent sluggers in the entire league during the 2000’s. The outfielder hit more than 20 or more home runs seven times from 2002-2010, three of those times hitting more than 30. Wells crossed the 100 RBI plateau three times, while also winning three Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger and making three all-star teams as a Jay.
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Wells’ 24.3 WAR in that time span was the 47th best in baseball and best amongst Blue Jays. Despite only playing 33 games in 2000 and 2001, Wells had the most home runs, RBIs, runs and hits for the Blue Jays from 2000-2010. Overall, he ranks:
- Fifth – WAR – 24.6
- Second – RBIs – 813
- Second – Hits – 1529
Although Wells has his place in Blue Jays history, it was wise that Toronto traded him to the Angels after the 2010 season. Wells was owed a lot of money and only posted a 0.7 WAR in his two seasons with the Angels.
Most memorable home run: Home run off of Jamie Moyer on June 27, 2010. This was the 506th home run allowed by Moyer, the most all-time.