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Ranking the 10 greatest outfielders in Blue Jays history

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 24: Kevin Pillar #11 and Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after Pillar hit a home run in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 24, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 24: Kevin Pillar #11 and Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after Pillar hit a home run in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 24, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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17 Oct 1993: Firrst baseman Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run in the fourth inning during the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies at the Toronto Sky Dome in Toronto, Canada. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport /

7. Joe Carter

Joe Carter is the hardest player to rank on this list. He’s not the best player the Jays have ever had, but he’s responsible for the biggest hit in franchise history with his walk-off series-clinching home run to win the 1993 World Series. Carter ended up hitting two home runs and drove in eight runs in the Jays six-game series victory.

Carter was acquired in a trade from the San Diego Padres after the 1990 season. The Jays were acquiring a player who never made an All-Star team but was a proven power hitter who would bolster their lineup.

His first season in Toronto was his best. He hit 33 home runs and drove in 108. He posted a .833 OPS and had a 123 WRC+ while also earning an All-Star appearance while winning the Silver Slugger Award, and finishing fifth in the American League MVP balloting.

Carter had four straight All-Star appearances from 1991-1994, driving in 100+ runs in each season and finished in the top 12 in the MVP balloting in each season as well.

Carter was consistently a good hitter for Toronto but his highest fWAR season came in 1991 when he was worth 4.6 fWAR. Beyond that, he never had an fWAR of 3.0 or higher, as his defense in the outfield was very subpar.

Carter is one of the better power hitters in Blue Jays history as he ranks fifth with his 203 career home runs in Toronto and his 736 RBI ranks fifth as well.

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