Toronto Blue Jays: All-Time Leaders in Home Runs
By Jason Reed
A more modern slugger makes the list, as Adam Lind is the first player on this list to play primarily in the 2000’s. For younger Blue Jay fans, Lind is a very familiar face as he gave Blue Jay fans something to cheer about in some pretty bad years. Despite putting together a winning record twice, Toronto finished fourth or worse in the AL East from 2008 to 2013, Lind’s best years.
Lind enjoyed a nice five-year stretch of baseball in which he slugged 118 home runs, drove in 385 RBIs and scored 301 runs. Lind’s best season was easily 2009, in which he finished 15th in MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger. That season, Lind posted a career best in home runs and RBIs. He slugged 35 long bombs, drove in 114 and hit .305 on the season.
However, what ultimately held Lind back was his long history of injuries. Lind missed 191 games in his last four seasons as a Blue Jay. If he had played, let’s say 150 of those, he could easily have hit the 175 home run mark.
Lind ranks fourteenth in RBIs and 24th in home runs for a single season due to his 2009 campaign. Overall, in his nine-year Blue Jays career, he managed to rank:
- 12th – Doubles – 196
- 10th – RBIs – 519
- 12th – Hits – 931
Lind is still enjoying the limelight of the MLB, as he looks to win a World Series ring with the Washington Nationals. After spending one season in Milwaukee and Seattle, Lind has become a bench presence for the Nationals, hitting .304 in 211 plate appearances.
Most memorable home run: His third home run of the game in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox on September 29, 2009. Boston went on to hit Lind in his next at-bat.