The 5 greatest outfielders in Toronto Blue Jays history

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1985: (L-R) George Bell #11, Lloyd Moseby #15 and Jesse Barfield #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses together for this portrait during the Major League Baseball season circa 1985. Barfield played for the Blue Jays from 1981-89. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1985: (L-R) George Bell #11, Lloyd Moseby #15 and Jesse Barfield #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses together for this portrait during the Major League Baseball season circa 1985. Barfield played for the Blue Jays from 1981-89. (Photo by Focus on Sport/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 /

Number 2 — Jesse Barfield

How crazy is it to look back and think about Jesse Barfield, Lloyd Moseby, and George Bell (all members of this list) all being a part of the same Toronto Blue Jays outfield from 1984 to 1988? All played their part at the plate and in the field as well, with Bell leading of Major League Baseball in assists from his left field spot for three consecutive seasons (1985 through 1987) and Moseby pulling the feat from center field in 1985.

Speaking of 1985, all three outfielders were a big part of Toronto’s first-ever division title, known as The Drive of ’85.

While Bell and Moseby made their mark, there was perhaps no outfielder more feared for his arm during the 1980s than Barfield, who led all MLB outfielders in assists between 1985 and 1990.

Barfield also led all of MLB in 1986 with 40 home runs, part of a stat line that helped him earn an All-Star Game bid, a Silver Slugger, and fifth place in the AL MVP voting that season. He also took home his first of two consecutive Gold Gloves.

His 9.5 defensive bWAR is second all-time for the Blue Jays (behind the 12.4 put up by Tony Fernandez) and his 29.5 overall bWAR is fourth in franchise history.

Barfield would play over the course of 12 seasons for Toronto (hitting 179 home runs and driving in 527 while slashing .265/.334/.483) before spending his final four in a New York Yankees uniform.