Blue Jays: Top ten designated hitters in franchise history
Last but not least
1- Paul Molitor
1993 Stats: .332/.402/.509, 22 HR, 37 doubles, 111 RBI, 22 stolen bases, 5.6 bWAR
If Encarnacion isn’t at the top of the list, it shouldn’t surprise you to see Molitor’s name here. It wasn’t easy for me to put him ahead of ‘EE’ either, but the Hall of Famer was pretty spectacular during his time in Toronto.
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Speaking of not easy, I was really upset when the Blue Jays decided to let Dave Winfield become a Minnesota Twin before the 1993 season, and it took a while before I warmed up to Molitor. However, you couldn’t argue with the results on the field, and somehow he even became an upgrade at the DH position.
Folks often forget how good Molitor continued to be as a Blue Jay after that 1993 campaign, mostly because we lost a lot of games in both 1994 and 1995 because of the strike that bled into both seasons. However, when you add up the 405 games he played as a Blue Jay, he ended up slashing .315/.387/.484 with 51 home runs, 98 doubles, 246 RBI, and 54 stolen bases. When you consider that he did that in his age 36-38 seasons, it’s all that much more impressive.
So, how do you think I did? Is there anyone missing from the bottom of the list that you would have included? How about the top, should Encarnacion have led the group? We’re happy to hear from you as always in the comments section below.