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  • World Series titles: (2) 1992-93
  • American League champs: (2) 1992-93
  • Division champs: (5) 1985; 1989; 1991-93
  • Wild Card: none
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The Toronto Blue Jays have the talent of a National League team but play in the American League. They have a monsterous task at hand as they look to over take the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the Eastern Division.


Team History

The Toronto Blue Jays came into existence in 1976. The name "Blue Jays" came about when the team held a "name the team" contest, Blue Jays was the most popular choice and was chosen by majority owners Labatt Breweries because the word "blue" was their main brand of beer.

Before the team's inaugural season in 1977, Peter Bavasi was chosen as the general manager, and Pat Gillick was assistant general manager.

On April 7, 1977, 44,649 fans brave snow and freezing temperatures as Major League baseball made a successful debut in Toronto. Doug Ault becomes an instant hero hitting two home runs in the Blue Jays 9-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Blue Jays finished the season in last place in the AL East, with a record of 54-107. In their second season, the Blue Jays would finish in last place again losing 102 games.

Under new manager Bobby Cox, Toronto's first solid season came in 1982 as they finished 78-84. Their pitching staff was led by starters Dave Stieb, Jim Clancy and Luis Leal, and the outfield featured a young Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield. 1982 was also the Blue Jays first outside of last place, as they finished sixth in the East.

In 1983, the Blue Jays recorded its first winning season, finishing in 4th place with an 89-73 record, finishing 9 games out of first.

In 1985, Toronto win their first American League East division title. They finished 99-62, two games in front of the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays faced the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series, and took a 3 games to 1 lead. However, Kansas City won three consecutive games to win the series 4-3.

In 1987, the Blue Jays lost a thrilling division race to the Detroit Tigers by two games, after being swept on the last weekend of the season by the Tigers. The Blue Jays finished with a 96-66 record, but it wasn't enough.

In 1989, the Blue Jays clinched their 2nd playoff appearance with an 89-73 record. However, in the ALCS the Jays were overmatched, and lost in 5 games to the Oakland Athletics.

After the 1991 season had ended, the Blue Jays acquired pitcher Jack Morris, who had led the Minnesota Twins to victory in the World Series by pitching a 10-inning complete game shutout in Game 7 and had been named the World Series MVP. To add veteran leadership to their explosive offense, Toronto signed future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield to be the team's designated hitter.

In 1992 the Blue Jays won the AL East with a 96-66 record. They went the entire season without being swept in any series. The Blue Jays met the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS, winning 4 games to 2. The pivotal game of the series was Game 4, considered by many to be one of the most important games in Blue Jays history: the Blue Jays rallied back from a 6-1 deficit after seven innings, capped off by Roberto Alomar's huge game-tying 2-run homer off Hall of Fame A's closer Dennis Eckersley in the top of the ninth. This paved the way for a 7-6 victory in 11 innings, and 3 games to 1 lead in the series and an eventual 4-2 ALCS series win.

In the 1st International World Series the Blue Jays would face the Atlanta Braves. The Blue Jays lost game 1, and in game 2, the Blue Jays were trailing 4-3 in the 9th Inning when pinch hitter Ed Sprague delivered a 2-run game winning home run to tie the series up.

The series moved to Toronto for game 3 where the Blue Jays would win the first World Series game played outside the US in the 9th inning as Candy Maldonado knocked home Roberto Alomar with the winning run. In Game 4 the Jays would grab a 3-1 series lead thanks to the dominating pitching of Jimmy Key. After being blown out in Game 5 the Jays were forced to return to Atlanta where they still needed 1 win to close out the series. In the 11th Inning of Game 6, Dave Winfield knocked home 2 runs with a double to give the Jays a 4-2 lead, but the Braves would prove pesky scoring a run and had the tying run on base with 2 outs when Otis Nixon tried to bunt his way on. Nixon's bunt would be scooped up by Mike Timlin who flipped it to 1B Joe Carter, as the Jays claimed their first World Championship.

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Awards

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Rookie of the Year

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Gold Gloves

Record Per Season

Year Wins Losses
1977 54 107
1978 59 102
1979 53 109
1980 67 95
1981 37 69
1982 78 84
1983 89 73
1984 89 73
1985 99 62
1986 86 76
1987 96 66
1988 87 75
1989 89 73
1990 86 76
1991 91 71
1992 96 66
1993 95 67
1994 55 60
1995 56 88
1996 74 88
1997 76 86
1998 88 74
1999 84 78
2000 83 79
2001 80 82
2002 78 84
2003 86 76
2004 67 94
2005 80 82
2006 87 75
2007 83 79

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