- Vernon amassed
a treasure trove of honors in 1999. Most impressive was the unprecedented
feat of being tabbed “Top Prospect” by opposing managers
in three different leagues (Florida State League, Southern League and
International League). In the FSL, he was also named Most Valuable Player,
Best Batting Prospect, Best Defensive Outfielder and Most Exciting Player.
Baseball America listed him as the Number One prospect in each
of the three leagues, and Howe Sportsdata placed him on itsprestigious
- Vernon is one of
just three centerfielders in baseball history to drive in 100 runs in
each of his first two full seasons. The other two are Hall of Famers
Joe DiMaggio and Al Simmons.
- On September 21,
2002, Vernon made some history for the Blue Jays by hitting the 4,000th
home run in franchise history.
- Vernon led the
AL in hits in 2003. The last Blue Jay to accomplish that was 2004 Hall
of Fame inductee Paul Molitor.
- Vernon won the
2003 Silver Slugger Award as the American League s top offensive player
at his position.
- Of Vernon’s
58 major league home runs through 2003, every one was to leftfield or
- Vernon is friends
with Minnesota’s Torii Hunter, and often works out with him during
- Vernon treated
himself to a BMW 745 after signing a lucrative contract extension in
the spring of 2003.
- Former A’s
pitching star Dave Stewart, who once watched Vernon in a Little League
game, crossed paths with him again as Toronto’s assistant general
manager under Gord Ash.
- Vernon doesn’t
know much about his father’s football career. “Dad liked
to talk trash…he had the big afro…that’s most of what
father designed trading cards for Upper Deck in the early 1990s.
- In January 2004,
James Bowie High School held a "Vernon Wells Night" to honor
the 1997 graduate. During the ceremony, his number 10 was retired.
- Vernon is the Blue
Jay player rep.
Joe DiMaggio Autographed
Paul Molitor, 1994
Vernon Wells Jr.
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