October 29 – Happy Birthday Jesse Barfield

Born in Joliet, IL on October 29. 1959, Jesse Barfield came to New York from Toronto in exchange for Yankee pitching prospect, Al Leiter, during the 1989 season. Jesse had some great years as a Blue Jay, winning two Gold Gloves and capturing the 1986 AL home run title with a career-high 40. He also had one of baseball’s best throwing arms.

The Yankee team he joined in ’89 had little power from the right side and Jesse provided some, hitting 17 home runs that first year and then 25 more during his first full season in pinstripes. Since he walked a lot also, the Yankees lived with his propensity to strike out a lot and his sub-.250 batting average but when that average slipped to .225 in 1991, Barfield’s days in the Bronx were numbered. He was released by New York in November of 1992 and retired from baseball after a twelve year career that included 241 big league home runs.

During his playing days, Jesse gained a degree of fame by designing furniture. Many of the Jesse’s creations sit in the homes of his ex-teammates. After retiring, Jesse became a hitting instructor, serving in that capacity for both the Astros and Mariners. His sons Jesse and Josh both played Minor League ball.

Jesse shares his October 29th birthday with this former Yankee outfielder and this former Yankee shortstop.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1989 NYY 129 529 441 71 106 19 1 18 56 5 82 122 .240 .360 .410 .770
1990 NYY 153 570 476 69 117 21 2 25 78 4 82 150 .246 .359 .456 .815
1991 NYY 84 321 284 37 64 12 0 17 48 1 36 80 .225 .312 .447 .759
1992 NYY 30 105 95 8 13 2 0 2 7 1 9 27 .137 .210 .221 .431
12 Yrs 1428 5394 4759 715 1219 216 30 241 716 66 551 1234 .256 .335 .466 .802
TOR (9 yrs) 1032 3869 3463 530 919 162 27 179 527 55 342 855 .265 .334 .483 .817
NYY (4 yrs) 396 1525 1296 185 300 54 3 62 189 11 209 379 .231 .339 .421 .760
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/29/2013.

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