Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/14/12

Can it be only two years since so many people wanted to run Edwin Encarnacion out of Toronto?

He became known as E5 for his erratic throws from third base. And he never came through with any consistency on the promise he showed with a 26-homer season for the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.

However, Encarnacion persevered through wrist and hand injuries, and the Blue Jays stayed with him, although their faith in him involved a couple of trips through waivers and a short time in the 2010 offseason with the Oakland Athletics before Toronto was lucky enough to be able to re-sign him as a free agent.

Encarnacion also spent some time with Class AAA Las Vegas in 2010.

The past two offseasons, he has worked hard on his conditioning, and last winter he worked with a coach in his native Dominican Republic to make his swing more compact.

He also has made a smooth transition to first base, and he spends time at designated hitter.

It has all come together for Encarnacion this season, He has long passed his career highs in home runs and RBI, and when he hit a three-run homer Thursday in Toronto's 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners, he reached two more plateaus with 40 home runs and 102 RBI.

"For me it's a lot," he said of his home run total. "I knew I could get 30, but not 40. That's part of my work. In the offseason, I'm going to continue to do the same, come back next year and try to hit 40 again."

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Alabama kicker commit drills 77-yard field goal

WATCH: Texas guard destroys opponent with huge dunk

Reports: Red Sox were in on Greinke if Price fell through

Chris Webber advises Lakers to swipe Kobe's memorabilia

Five-star CB excited about Kirby Smart hire by Georgia

San Diego Padres unveil awesome new uniforms


Report: Mark Richt being recruited to run for Georgia governor

Cowboys won’t put Tony Romo on IR because of playoff hopes

What the Selection Committee taught us: Week 13

Majority of FIFA sponsors demanding independent review on reforms

Zack Greinke expected to choose between Dodgers, Giants by end of week

Reports: David Price, Red Sox agree to seven-year, $217 million contract

Mike Tomlin settles for field goal, then says you can’t settle for one

Kobe: 76ers thought I would score 81 points after hot start

Claude Julien: No animosity between Bruins, Chirelli

Report: Louisville QB Will Gardner will transfer

Report: Yasiel Puig and Don Mattingly didn’t talk at all toward end

WATCH: Roy Hibbert pushes referee during scrum

Orioles set to acquire Mark Trumbo from Mariners

Seven storylines for Week 14 of the college football season

Colin Kaepernick jerseys on sale at 49ers’ team store

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz named Big Ten Coach Of The Year

Mid-American Conference Championship preview

Lakers trying to decide which Kobe Bryant jersey number to retire

Matthew Dellavedova is becoming a better passer

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Seven storylines for Week 14 of the college football season

MAC Championship preview

Tiger Woods’ career inches closer to an end after gloomy injury update

QUIZ: Name every NCAA football national champion since 1950

Browns lose to Ravens as only the Browns know how

NCAA figures out how to invite 5-7 teams to bowls

Ranking top Heisman Trophy candidates

Have the New Orleans Saints given up?

This weekend in NFL stupid, ft. Rex Ryan

Missouri won’t accept a bowl bid at 5-7

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker