Blue Jays: Top ten designated hitters in franchise history
And then there were four
4- Adam Lind
2009 Stats: .305/.370/.562, 35 HR, 46 doubles, 114 RBI, 3.9 bWAR
It really looked like the Blue Jays had something special with the duo of Adam Lind and Aaron Hill at one point. However, they eventually served as another reminder about how quickly things can change in Major League Baseball.
At his best, Lind was a Silver Slugger award winner, and for good reason. His peak season in 2009 was a clinic in hitting as a 25 year old, and he even finished 15th in MVP voting.
3- Dave Winfield
1992 Stats: .290/.377/.491, 26 HR, 33 doubles, 108 RBI, 4.1 bWAR
I debated putting Winfield lower on the list since he only played the one season in Toronto, but what could be a more important impact than helping a franchise win their first championship?
Winfield rolled back the clock and put up his best numbers since 1988, serving as a crucial veteran presence in the middle of the lineup, and in the locker room, and it’s hard to imagine that first World Series victory without him.
2- Edwin Encarnacion
2012 Stats: .280/.384/.557, 42 HR, 24 doubles, 110 RBI, 5.0 bWAR
Just as I considered “punishing” Winfield for only playing one season with the Blue Jays, I almost moved Edwin Encarnacion to the top of the list because of his longevity. However, I ended up putting him in a still very respectable second place, and I hope you’ll forgive me if you disagree.
“Edwing” was a fan favourite in Toronto for most of his tenure from 2009-2016, culminating in an iconic home run to walk-off the Baltimore Orioles in the 2016 Wild Card game. He may be playing in another jersey, but Encarnacion will always be a Blue Jay to us.