Lloyd Moseby

Lloyd Moseby
Moseby at bat during a game in September 1985
Center fielder
Born: (1959-11-05) November 5, 1959
Portland, Arkansas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 24, 1980, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1991, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .257
Home runs 169
Runs batted in 737
Career highlights and awards

Lloyd Anthony Moseby (born November 5, 1959) is a former Major League Baseball player. A center fielder, and good all-around athlete, Moseby's nickname Shaker was said to stem from his ability to get away from or "shake" players who attempted to defend him on the basketball court.

Born in Portland, Arkansas, Moseby graduated from Oakland High School in Oakland, California.[1]

Drafted 2nd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1978 amateur draft, Moseby made his major league debut on May 24, 1980. Despite some growing pains early in his career, Moseby developed into a well-polished batter, fielder and base-runner, knocking in nearly 100 runs on several occasions and regularly stealing 30-plus bases.

In the mid-1980s he was part of the powerful "Killer B's" outfield trio for the Jays, playing center field between George Bell and Jesse Barfield. After the 1989 season, Moseby signed with the Detroit Tigers. Moseby saw limited time with the Tigers for two seasons, and then traveled to Japan, where he played with the Yomiuri Giants for 1992 and 1993.

Over his career, Moseby had 869 runs, 169 HRs, 737 RBIs, 280 SBs while batting .257. He was an All-Star in 1986. As of 2018, Moseby ranks in the top-10 for Toronto Blue Jays career leaders in WAR, games played, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks, stolen bases (franchise leader), and extra-base hits.

Moseby served as the Blue Jays' first base coach in 1998 and 1999.

On February 1, 2018, Moseby was announced as part of the 2018 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Induction class.

See also


  1. Brosnan, Jim (September 1984), "Lloyd Moseby: Red-Hot Blue Jay", Boys' Life, 74 (9), p. 74
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