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Jose Bautista and the Most Prolific Sluggers in Toronto Blue Jays History

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Jose Bautista and the Most Prolific Sluggers in Toronto Blue Jays History
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The Toronto Blue Jays have only been around for 34 years, but they have a rich and storied history when it comes to the long ball. Of course, there's Joltin' Joe's series-winning shot in 1993, but that's not all.

Through August 4, the Jays have hit 5,561 homers since their inaugural season in 1977. That's the most by any franchise that debuted after 1969. Their historical per game average (1.01) is the highest of any active franchise, other than the Colorado Rockies (who've played half their games at Coors Canaveral), and the Arizona Diamondbacks who came into existence at the height of the steroid era in 1998.

Doug Ault collected the first hit in Jays history — a home run. In 2010, Toronto hit 257 bombs, good for third all-time. They're the only team in history to hit 10 in a single game (September 14, 1987). And on June 20, 2000 they tied an American League record with seven different players each hitting a home run.

Let's take a look at some of the most prolific sluggers in Toronto Blue Jays history. These are the bats upon which this franchise was built and continues to grow.

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