Dave Winfield was one of the very few bright spots for the Yankees in the 1980s. He was the best all-around outfielder of his generation and had sustained success throughout his career.
He may very well be the greatest player never to win an MVP award.
Coming over from the Padres in 1981, he played in the playoffs that year for the first time in his already eight-year-old career. Unfortunately for him and the Yanks, he was ice cold against the Dodgers in the World Series that year, posting a 1-for-22 mark, good for an .045 batting average.
He would bounce back the next season, belting 37 homers and racking up 106 RBI, but the team as a whole would not fair as well. The team never made it back to the playoffs while Winfield was there.
The team's lack of success would not deter him from putting up great numbers for the rest of the decade, until George Steinbrenner's ongoing feud with Winfield boiled over in 1990, and he was soon traded to the Angels.
He would play another five seasons, finally winning his only World Series in '92 with the Blue Jays. He retired a 12-time All-Star, with seven Gold Gloves and six Silver Slugger awards. In 2001, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
BA: .283 H: 3,110 HR: 465 RBI: 1,833 R: 1,669 SB: 223