Over 30 years ago, in 1981, 3 young outfielders took the field together in Toronto Blue Jays uniforms. As the years passed they grew up in the city and with the fans. They anchored a team that was on the rise. And in 1985 they helped the Blue Jays win their first AL East title.
Looking back over all of the years that have passed I am confident in saying that George Bell (LF), Lloyd Moseby (CF) and Jesse Barfield (RF) made up the best outfield that the franchise has ever had at one time.
Since then we have seen some very talented players take the field in Toronto, and even now in 2012 we have a threesome with a ton of potential in Anthony Gose (LF), Colby Rasmus (CF) and Jose Bautista (RF), but as of now, they are not better than the outfield of the 80′s.
I’ve thought about this before. And tonight I looked up some numbers so we can all remember how special these 3 players were in their time wearing Toronto jerseys.
1 Silver Slugger
Home Runs: 149
Stolen Bases: 255
1 Silver Slugger
2 Gold Gloves
Home Runs: 179
Stolen Bases: 55
1987 American League MVP
3 Silver Slugger
Home Runs: 202
Stolen Bases: 59
Now, maybe you don’t agree with me. And that’s fine. Maybe you think that the 1992 outfield of Candy Maldanado, Devon While and Joe Carter were better.
Or maybe you liked Shannon Stewart, Vernon Wells and Shawn Green.
Or maybe you’ve got some other combo (remember, all at the same time) that you love.
That’s fine with me.
I know who my go-to guys are as a trio in Toronto Blue Jays history.
It’s a bitter-sweet thing to see Snider go after an up and down start to his career with the Blue Jays organization. I wish him good luck in Pittsburgh with a young and talented Pirates team that is currently in the middle of a playoff push for the first time in 20 years.