Toronto Blue Jays: The franchise’s best-ever player at every position

SEATTLE - AUGUST 13: Carlos Delgado #35 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Seattle Mariners during the game on August 13, 2003 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays 13-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - AUGUST 13: Carlos Delgado #35 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Seattle Mariners during the game on August 13, 2003 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays 13-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – 1989: George Bell #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings at a pitch during a 1989 game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – 1989: George Bell #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays swings at a pitch during a 1989 game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Who was the best left fielder in Toronto Blue Jays history?

George Bell — 21.2 bWAR

Bell suited up for nine seasons in Toronto between 1981 and 1990, earning the American League MVP in 1987 after slashing .308/.352/.605 and leading all of Major League Baseball with 369 total bases. His 134 RBI that season paced the American League and was one of a stretch of three out of four years with 104 RBI or more in a season.

During his Toronto career, he logged a cumulative .286 batting average, tying him for eighth all-time in franchise history.

You can read more about Bell in our look at the greatest Toronto outfielders here.

Other candidates: Shannon Stewart (18.7 bWAR), Reed Johnson (8.6)

Who was the best center fielder in Toronto Blue Jays history?

Vernon Wells — 28.7 bWAR

Center field is perhaps the deepest of all outfield positions in Toronto history, and Wells stands out even in this star-studded group.

Drafted fifth overall by the Blue Jays in the 1997 MLB draft, Wells earned three All-Star Game appearances during his 12 seasons in Toronto. One of those came during a 2003 campaign where he led all of Major League Baseball with 215 hits, including an American League-high 49 doubles.

His 5,963 plate appearances ranks second all-time for Toronto, and you can read more about his accomplishments with the Blue Jays here.

Other candidates: Lloyd Moseby (26.0 bWAR), Devon White (22.3)

Who was the best right fielder in Toronto Blue Jays history?

Jose Bautista — 38.3 bWAR

According to the numbers, Bautista wasn’t just the best right fielder in Toronto history, but he was also the best position player to ever suit up for the Blue Jays.

Bautista and his memorable bat flips earned six consecutive All-Star Game appearances between 2010 and 2015. He also ended up with a place in the top eight American League MVP vote-getters in four of those campaigns.

You can read more about Bautista’s contributions in Toronto here.

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Other candidates: Jesse Barfield (29.5 bWAR), Alex Rios (20.4)