Garth Iorg

Garth IorgIorg blossomed under the tutelage of Bobby Cox, who transformed the infielder into the right-handed half of a platoon at third base for the Blue Jays in the early 1980s. With left-handed hitting Rance Mulliniks facing righty pitchers and Iorg facing southpaws, the Blue Jays had a pesky duo at the hot corner.

He was originally drafted by the New York Yankees, but the Jays took him in the special expansion draft that was held in 1976 for the benefit of them and the Mariners. Iorg could play second base, shortstop, and third base, as well as the outfield and first base adequately. He got himself to the major leagues due to that versatility.

His best season came in 1985 when he batted .313 with seven homers, 37 RBIs, 22 doubles, and a .469 slugging percentage. Mulliniks, the other half of Toronto’s third base platoon, hit .295 with ten homers and 57 RBIs with 26 doubles. Total, the two combined for .303 with 48 doubles, 17 home runs, 94 RBIs, and a slugging percentage of .460 as the Blue Jays won their first division title.

Iorg was part of a talented baseball family — two of his brothers were professionals, Dane (who spent ten years in the big leagues), and Lee (who reached Triple-A). Three of Garth’s son were drafted and played in the minor leagues as well. Garth and Dane faced each other in the 1985 American League Championship Series.