Toronto Blue Jays: All-Time Leaders in Home Runs

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Pick Analysis. 179 home runs. Jesse Barfield. 1981-1989. OF. 7. player. 39

Jesse Barfield made up one-third of Killer B’s outfield in Toronto during the ’80s. Barfield played right field, Lloyd Moseby played center and the next person on this list, ironically, was the left fielder.

Barfield was a menacing slugger in his day, earning one all-star trip and one Silver Slugger during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only was he good offensively, but Barfield also set the bar in the outfield. The right fielder won two consecutive Gold Glove awards in 1986 and 1987 due to a cannon arm that even leaves Yasiel Puig in awe.

Barfield slugged 23 or more home runs in one season five times as a Blue Jay. His best season, 1986, he slugged 40 home runs, drove in 108 RBIs and hit .289 – all career bests. Barfield is one of nine players to hit 40 or more home runs in one season for the Blue Jays.

The power-hitting, rocket throwing right fielder has a good presence on the Blue Jays all-time rankings. He ranks:

  • First – Outfield Assists – 117

  • Ninth – RBI’s – 527

  • Fourth – WAR – 29.6

Due to his long, powerful swing, Barfield’s kryptonite was his tendency to strike out. Of batters with 3500 plate appearances, Barfield has the worst strike out rate, striking out 22.1% of the time he was at the plate.

Most memorable home run: Walk off three-run home run in the bottom of the tenth on April 17, 1985. Toronto was trailing the Texas Rangers 1-0.