Blue Jays All-Time Lists

Blue Jays All-Time WAR Leaders- Position Players

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Jose Bautista (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Jose Bautista (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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1988: Jesse Barfield of the Toronto Blue Jays slides into a base for a triple during a game. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
1988: Jesse Barfield of the Toronto Blue Jays slides into a base for a triple during a game. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport /

#4- Jesse Barfield- 29.5 WAR

Jesse Barfield played nine years of his 12-year MLB career with the Toronto Blue Jays after the team selected him in the ninth round of the 1977 amateur draft. The outfielder was renowned for his cannon of an arm and opposing baserunners learned quickly not to run on the “Rifleman”.

Barfield had many memorable seasons in Toronto but none more memorable than the 1986 campaign. The slugger hit .289/.368/.559 with 40 homers, 108 runs batted in and a 7.6 WAR in 158 games. Barfield also chipped in 20 outfield assists on defence that season.

He would finish 5th in MVP voting that season while also winning the Gold Glove, Silver Slugger award and represent the Jays at the All-Star game. Not too shabby of a season.

He would finish his Blue Jays career with a .265/.334/.483 slash line and 179 home runs in a Jays uniform. In the spring of 1989, the Blue Jays would trade Barfield to the New York Yankees in exchange for pitcher Al Leiter.

Barfield would spend the rest of his career with the Yanks totaling a career 39.4 WAR over 12 seasons between Toronto and New York.

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