Toronto Blue Jays: All-Time Leaders in Home Runs
By Jason Reed
Carlos Delgado was the face of the Toronto Blue Jays in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Delgado made his MLB debut on October first, 1993. Delgado recorded just one at-bat and was not included on the playoff roster, thus not being a part of the World Series winning team. The slugger did not win a single World Series in his 17-year career.
However, Delgado still served as the face of the franchise and, to this day, is still the best slugger ever to do it for the Blue Jays. Delgado’s first full season with Toronto came in 1996 and from there he hit at least 25 home runs in every season played. In fact, Delgado is one of just six players to hit 30 home runs in ten straight seasons.
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Delgado’s best season, hands down, was 2003. The first baseman slugged 42 home runs, drove in a franchise record 145 RBIs and hit .302. Unfortunately for Delgado, young shortstop Alex Rodriguez beat him in AL MVP voting. Overall, Delgado made just two all-star teams and won three Silver Sluggers.
While Bautista may be the best overall position player of all-time due to his better fielding, Delgado has to be the best hitter ever. He ranks:
- First – RBIs – 1058
- First – Runs – 889
- Third – Hits – 1413
Delgado went on to hit 473 home runs in his career, making him one of 36 players all time with 450 or more home runs and 2000 or more hits.
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Most memorable home run: 300th home run on September 25, 2003, against the Devil Rays. This was the first of four home runs on the day for Delgado.