Introducing… Devon White

One of the top flychasers of his day, Devon White brought home seven Gold Glove Awards during his playing days.  The switch-hitting Jamaican was a good speed/power combo guy who made the 20 HR/20 SB Club.  But it was with the glove that Devon earned his bread and butter as he ranks very high in the new fangled “total zone runs” stat.

Originally a sixth round draft pick by the Angels in ’81, Devon made his Major League debut with the Halos in 1985.  He didn’t see regular duty until 1987 when he had a breakout year with 24 homers and 32 steals.  Used as a right fielder with swift Gary Pettis in town, Devon led AL right fielders in runs scored.  Devon’s offensive numbers fell in ’88 but he won his first of seven Gold Gloves.  His offensive numbers came back in ’89 when he was one of three AL players to post double-digit totals in all the extra base hit departments.  An All-Star for the first time in ’89, Devon also had his career high in stolen bases with 44.

When his batting average fell to the infamous Mendoza Line in 1990 the Angels sent their Gold Glove center fielder to Toronto for infielder Luis Sojo and outfielder Junior Felix.  Devon revived his career north of the border.  In his first year with the Blue Jays he carried them to the postseason by legging out 40 doubles and scoring 110 runs.  Although the Blue Jays were beat in the ALCS by the Twins, Devon hit a resounding .364.  He would never again be a member of a losing outfit in postseason play.  Devon would win two World Series rings in Toronto and one in Florida.

The Blue Jays captured the AL East flag again in 1992 and Devon continued his hot October hitting by posting a .348 batting average against the A’s.  Toronto beat the Braves in the World Series as Devon was a member of the first non-American team to win the Fall Classic.  The Jays repeated as World Champs in 1993 when Devon tied Kenny Lofton for most runs scored by an AL center fielder during the regular season.  In that year’s ALCS, Devon hit .444 and carried his scorching bat into the World Series where he posted seven RBI. 

In 1994 and ’95, Devon won his fourth and fifth consecutive Gold Gloves for the Blue Jays.  After the ’95 season, Devon was granted free agency and he signed with the Florida Marlins.  He had a decent year his first year in Florida but his second season was interrupted by injury.  He was healthy for the postseason however and helped lead the Fish over the Indians in the World Series.

The Marlins traded Devon to the expansion Arizona diamondbackS for the worst of the Martinez Brothers, and he was a member of the 20/20 Club his lone year in the Southwest.  That year he made his final All-Star appearance.  He signed a free agent deal with the Dodgers after the year but after an injury-plagued 2000 season, he was dealt to the Brewers for Marquis Grissom.  Devon played one final year in Milwaukee before calling it quits.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,941/R 1,125/H 1,934/2B 378/3B 71/HR 208/RBI 846/SB 346/BB 541/SO 1,526/BA .263/SA .419/OBP .319

 www.mlb.com

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1 comment
  1. brettkiser said:

    Gold Gloves rarely get a guy into the HOF. Devon was a fine ballplayer but when you play against 30-HR hitting center fielders like Griffey Jr., Devon’s 15 dingers don’t look too impressive. His HOF chances are very weak.

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