Home run king

With his 494th career home run on Friday night, Frank Thomas moved past Lou Gehrig and former Blue Jay Fred McGriff for 21st on the all-time list. Thus, though he’s played just 46 games for Toronto, Thomas now has more career homers than anyone who has ever donned a Blue Jay uniform.

Before Friday night, of course, that title was jointly held by McGriff, who collected 125 of his 493 career long balls as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Before being shipped to the San Diego Padres in perhaps the most famous trade in Blue Jay history, McGriff averaged 31 home runs during his four full seasons in Toronto (1987-90), including an American League-leading 36 in 1989.

Dave Winfield, meanwhile, is No. 3 on the list. Though he spent just one year in Toronto, he will never be forgotten by the Blue Jay faithful — not after playing an integral role in bringing Toronto its first World Series title in 1992. Overall, 26 of Winfield’s 465 career home runs came as a Blue Jay.

The ever-controversial Jose Canseco is No. 4. After years ofJosecanseco pummelling Toronto pitching, Canseco joined the Blue Jays as a free agent in 1998, and promptly amassed a career-high 46 home runs. During a homestand in September, Canseco homered in four straight games, including a 451-foot shot into the 500 Level on Sept. 5 against the Boston Red Sox. Of the 13 home runs hit into the 500 Level, three of them have come off the bat of Canseco (two occurred as a Blue Jay opponent).

Of course, Carlos Delgado is the most acclaimed home run hitter to ever wear a Toronto uniform. The left-handed slugger compiled a franchise-record 336 long balls during his 11 seasons as a Blue Jay. But, for the purposes of this list, Delgado sits at No. 5 with 410 career home runs entering play Saturday night. Here’s the Top 10:

1. Frank Thomas*, 494 (7)

2. Fred McGriff, 493 (125)

3. Dave Winfield, 465 (26)

4. Jose Canseco, 462 (46)

5. Carlos Delgado*, 410 (336)

6. Joe Carter, 396 (203)

7. Shawn Green*, 323 (119)

8. Cecil Fielder, 319 (31)

9. Raul Mondesi, 271 (66)

T10. George Bell, 265 (202)

T10. Troy Glaus*, 265 (46)

* – denotes player still active

() – brackets signify # of home runs hit in a Toronto uniform

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