1996 The Up and Down Season
1996: Another up and down season for Green. April was a good
month for him. He hit .407 . Was this to be his big season as
predicted? After all he had now proved he could hit Major League
pitching, could he repeat what team mate and friend John Olerud
had done in 93 and win the batting title? Of course there
was plenty of time for things to change and they did, although he
did homer in back to back games on April 24 and 25 against the
Oakland As off of Jim Corsi and Todd Van Poppel.
May was different story where he hit just .189. and did not
hit a single homer and only managed to knock in 6 RBIs.
June started off just as bad the media was saying it was only
a short matter of time before Green would be wearing that
Syracuse uniform again just as they had said the previous season.
On June 7th he was batting just .211 but then things started to
For the rest of the season he hit .324 . It was the second
half burst that seems to be his thing that saved the season for
him. The second half was good to him just like the previous
season. On June 9th he had a three RBI game to tie his career
best, two of them coming off a home run. He also had 7, 2 RBI
games in the second half.
July 21 was another big day for him when he recorded 2
outfield assists to tie the Major League record. He also went on
to steel five bases after not recording a single steel in the
first half of the season. His tenth home run of the season was
against Boston and also marked the 25th of his career. It was
also a career first as it was his first off of a left handed
pitcher. He managed to have a nine game hit streak three times
August was his real hot month when he seemed to hit
everything, accumulating to a .380 month.
September was once again a different story when his average
dropped to .284 against right handed pitching but he did manage
to up his totals against lefties by going 3 for 3 on September 25
against the Tigers to bring his total to .254.
He led the team in outfield assists, (ten) and tied for 8th
in the AL. He ranked 3rd in the AL in fielding percentage amongst
right fielders. He started 115 games in all in 96 with 114
of those starts being in right field and one on September 23 at
1996 MAJOR LEAGUE STATS: TORONTO BLUE JAYS