Drafted in the 9th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977, Jesse Barfield made his Major League debut in 1981. He quickly becoming one of the best outfielders in the game, as he helped Toronto reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 1985. That season he hit a career high .289 with 27 homeruns and 84 RBIs. He also became the first one to hit 20 homeruns and steal 20 bases in the same season. He had a even better season in 1986, collecting a new career highs in batting average of .289, 108 RBIs, 170 hits with 35 doubles and led the Major Leagues with 40 homeruns. In 1989, Barfield was traded to the New York Yankees, with whom he played his final Major League game with in 1992. Barfield is a 2 time Gold Glove Award winner and a Silver Slugger Award in 1986. He also appeared in the 1986 All Star game.