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Toronto Blue Jays    1997 record: 76-86 (fifth in AL East)

By the Numbers    Scouting Report | Players To Watch | Projected Roster

1997 Team Statistics (AL Rank)

Batting Average .244 (14) Opp. Batting Avg. .263 (4)
Runs Scored 654 (14) ERA 3.92 (3)
Home Runs 147 (12) Fielding Pct. .984 (4)

High-powered Import

Jose Canseco, who was born in Havana, needs 29 more homers to become the major leagues' alltime leading home run hitter among players born outside the U.S. However, even that distinction doesn't guarantee baseball's ultimate reward; the current coleaders, Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez, have yet to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Of the five foreign-born Hall of Famers (two are pitchers), Puerto Rican native Roberto Clemente is the career-homer leader, with 240.

Most Career Home Runs Among Players Born Outside The U.S.

  Birthplace HRs   Birthplace HRs
Orlando Cepeda Ponce, Puerto Rico 379 Rafael Palmeiro Havana, Cuba 271
Tony Perez Camaguey, Cuba 379 George Bell San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic 265
Jose Canseco Havana, Cuba 351 Danny Tartabull San Juan, Puerto Rico 262
Chili Davis Kingston, Jamaica 328 Juan Gonzalez Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 256
Andres Galarraga Caracas, Venezuela 288 Tony Armas Anzoatequi, Venezuela 251
Source: Elias Sports Bureau

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