Shawn Green may be better remembered as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the slugging outfielder certainly left his mark on the Toronto Blue Jays. Green started his career north of the border, playing five whole seasons with the Blue Jays before leaving to don a different shade of blue.
Green was a consistent role player for the Blue Jays before breaking out during his last two years with the team. From 1995 to 1997 Green hit a combined 42 home runs, 152 RBIs, and a .285 batting average.
However, in 1998 and 1999 Green flipped the script and turned into the menacing force that Dodger fans grew familiar with in the early 2000’s. Green hit .293, hit 77 home runs and drove in 223 RBIs over those two seasons. The slugging outfielder finished ninth in MVP voting, taking home both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in the process.
While Green did hit 43 more home runs as a Dodger, his numbers as a Blue Jay are impressive. Overall, he ranks:
- 22nd – WAR – 10.6
- 20th – Doubles – 164
- Seventh – Batting Average (>2500 PA) – .286
In 1998, Green became the first ever Toronto Blue Jays player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases. The next man on the list was the second.
Most memorable home run: A 449-foot blast on April 22nd, 1999, that was the fifth homer ever to reach the fifth deck in the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre).