Vernon Wells – Popular Center fielder starting his 11th Season
Looking ahead to 2010
Vernon Wells, an outstanding fielding centerfielder, has posted four .300 major league seasons during his 11 years in the majors, 1999-2009, all with the Toronto Blue Jays and according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos is secure in his role for 2010. “Right now Vernon Wells is the only guy who is truly a lock in an outfield spot is Vernon Wells,” stated Alex Anthopoulos.
From 2002-2006 Vernon Wells hit at least 20 homers every season, including 33 in 2003 and 32 in ’06. He collected 100 RBIs three times, 100 in 2002, 117 in ’03 and 106 in ’06, and also strikes outs only once in every 2 games (678 times in 1236 games, 4,880 at bats, with 356 walks.
In 2003 Vernon Wells set career highs in batting average, .317, with 118 runs scored and posted 215 hits, including 49 doubles, 5 triples and 33 homers).
In 2007 Vernon and his wife, Charlene, set up a charity for homeless kids called the “Perfect 10 Foundation” Meanwhile, the pair have dedicated numerous hours helping many homeless children in the area in Arlington, Texas where Vernon Wells grew up.
Breaking News - Blue Jays announced on Thursday, January 21, 2010 that centerfielder Vernon Wells’ surgery to repair a damage cartilage on his right wrist was successful and a speedy recovery is likely.