Barfield was a power-hitting right fielder who also possessed one of the strongest throwing arms in baseball history. He was one-third of the famed Toronto outfield in the 1980s, along with teammates George Bell (left field), and Lloyd Moseby (center). All three were All-Stars and won Silver Slugger Awards at some point in that decade. Barfield and Moseby were also Gold Glove winners.
In 1986, Barfield won the American League home run title when he hit 40 home runs. That season he finished fifth in AL Most Valuable Player voting and won the first of his two Gold Glove awards for his work in right field. Barfield dazzled fans with his tremendous throws, often hurling the ball on a line from deep right to third base or home. He had 22 outfield assists in 1985 and 20 in 1986.
The Blue Jays stunned their fans when they traded Barfield to the Yankees in the middle of the 1989 season for pitcher Al Leiter. Barfield had modest success in New York, hitting 25 homers in 1990. But the deep left field in Yankee Stadium wasn’t helpful for the righthanded hitter. Like Bell and Moseby, Barfield was out of the game fairly early, playing his final major league game at the age of 32.