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Toronto Blue Jays

(Toronto Blue Jays)


Toronto Blue Jays

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Season Recap: Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak teamed up for 71 homers, but it wasn’t enough to get the Jays into the postseason after making the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. Reliever Roberto Osuna saved 38 games, but Toronto’s starting pitchers took a step backwards after a heroic 2016 season.

July 30, 2017: Steve Pearce became the first player in history to hit two walk-off grand slams in a week.

July 11, 2017: Justin Smoak was the starting first baseman for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game. He had a hit and a walk in two trips to the plate.

November 1, 2016: Toronto finished tied for second in the AL East to earn a spot in the Wild Card Game with the Orioles.  Edwin Encarnacion won the game with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning. The Jays swept the Texas Rangers in the Division Series before falling to the Indians in the ALCS. It was a disappointing end to a fun season that saw eight hitters reach double-figures in home runs, and two pitchers—J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez—go 35–6.

June 21, 2016: Marco Estrada set a new record for starting pitchers when he pitched his 11th game in a row giving up five hits or fewer.

April 10, 2015: Mark Buehrle defeated the Orioles for the 200th victory of his career. Only 115 players in history have won 200 or more games.

April 5, 2015: The four sluggers in the middle of the order—Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, and Josh Donaldson—should be good for 100-plus homers. If speedy Jose Reyes can stay healthy and some of the team’s young pitchers improve, the Jays could make their long-awaited return to the playoffs.

November 1, 2014: From late May to early July, the Blue Jays held the top spot in the AL East. They could not keep up their torrid pace, and eventually sank to third, but there was plenty to cheer about in Toronto. Jose Bautista had another big year at the plate, as did Edwin Encarnacion. Young starters Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman also showed they were ready to big things in the future.

March 31, 2014: Injuries and poor seasons destroyed Toronto in 2013. The same team takes the field in 2013. Will they be healthier? Will they play better? Depending on who you ask, the Jays are a playoff team or a last-place team. It should be an interesting season north of the border!

October 1, 2013: Despite high hopes and new faces in new places, the Blue Jays were the only team in the AL East without a winning record. Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and Melky Cabrera each lost two months to injuries, and slugger Jose Bautista hit just 28 home runs. Bright spots for the Jays included a career year from Edwin Encarnacion and 34 saves from closer Casey Janssen.

March 30, 2013: Blockbuster trades and free agent signings made the Blue Jays instant contenders. R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, and Melky Cabrera have given Toronto the look of a winner.

October 3, 2012: The Blue Jays finished fourth in the AL's toughest division, but there was plenty to cheer about in Toronto. Several young hitters showed they were ready to become stars, including Edwin Encarnacion, who blasted 42 homers.

August 13, 2012: Relief pitcher Steve Delabar faced seven Chicago White Sox players and struck out six of them in an extra-inning victory. He fanned four batters in the 10th inning; catcher Jeff Mathis dropped a third strike and the runner reached first. No one had ever struck out four batters in an extra inning before.

April 5, 2012: The Blue Jays won the longest Opening Day game in history. They defeated the Cleveland Indians 7–4 in 16 innings. The old record was 15 innings, set in 1926 and tied in 1960.

March, 2012: The Blue Jays have a new closer. Frank Francisco signed to play with the New York Mets in 2012, so the Blue Jays traded for Sergio Santos to take his place. Santos saved 30 games for the Chicago White Sox last season, and from 2010 to 2011 he made 30 appearances on the road without allowing a run.



Jesse Barfield
Jesse Barfield takes a big cut. He was one of the most powerful athletes in the game during the 1980s. (Author's Collection)



Devon White
The Blue Jays often had portraits of players on their scorecards. This one shows Devon White. (Toronto Blue Jays)



Pat Hentgen
Pat Hentgen signed this photo. He was fun to watch—he really knew what he was doing out there on the mound. (Author's Collection)




Jesse Barfield — Outfielder
Born: 10/29/1959
Played for Team: 1981 to 1989
Jesse Barfield was one of the strongest players in team history. He had a powerful throwing arm and an explosive bat. In 1986, he led the American League with 40 home runs.

Lloyd Moseby — Outfielder
Born: 11/5/1959
Played for Team: 1980 to 1989
Lloyd Moseby was a good clutch hitter and fast runner. He stole more than 250 bases for the Blue Jays and led the AL in triples in 1984.

Devon White — Outfielder
Born: 12/29/1962
Played for Team: 1991 to 1995
Devon White was one of the game's greatest defensive center fielders, winning Gold Gloves every year he played with the Blue Jays. In the playoffs and World Series, he became a dangerous hitter. White was a key to Toronto's championships in 1992 and 1993. In Game 3 of the 1992 World Series, he made an amazing catch that Toronto fans are still talking about.

John Olerud — First Baseman
Born: 8/5/1968
Played for Team: 1989 to 1996
John Olerud was a great hitter and pitcher in college. The Blue Jays used him as a first baseman, where his bat and glove could do the team the most good. Olerud won the batting championship in 1993 and was one of the top defensive players at his position.

Pat Hentgen — Pitcher
Born: 9/13/1968
Played for Team: 1991 to 1999 & 2004
Pat Hentgen won 19 games for the Blue Jays in his first full year with the team and beat the Philadelphia Phillies that fall in the 1993 World Series. He won 20 games in 1996 to earn the Cy Young Award. Hentgen was not afraid to challenge hitters with his fastball, but often got them out by changing speeds and locations.

Shawn Green — Outfielder
Born: 11/10/1972
Played for Team: 1993 to 1999
Shawn Green had a beautiful swing that produced 77 homers for the Blue Jays in 1998 and 1999. Green also had one of best throwing arms of any outfielder in the big leagues.

Shannon Stewart — Outfielder
Born: 2/25/1974
Played for Team: 1995 to 2003 & 2008
Shannon Stewart triggered the Toronto offense by batting .300 and scoring 100 runs each year from 1999 to 2002. He also stole 166 bases during his Blue Jays career.

Ricky Romero — Pitcher
Born: 11/6/1984
Played for Team: 2009 to 2013
Ricky Romero led his college to a national championship, and then kept winning when he reached the majors. He had 42 victories in his first three seasons with the Jays and was an All-Star in 2011.

Aaron Hill
It was a play like this that cost Aaron Hill most of the 2008 season. (Black Book Partners)




Devon White was only the second big leaguer to be born in Jamaica, and just the fourth as of 2011. The others are Chili Davis, Rolando Roomes, and Justin Masterson.

In 1992, David Cone joined the Blue Jays after spending most of the year with the Mets. He struck out 214 batters with New York and 47 more with Toronto. Even though Cone led the majors with 261 strikeouts, he was neither the NL or AL champion.

In May of 2008, Aaron Hill suffered a concussion in a collision at second base and missed the rest of the season for the Jays. In 2009, he hit a career-best 36 homers and played in the All-Star Game. No one was surprised when Hill was named Comeback Player of the Year.

In 1992, Jack Morris became the first Blue Jays pitcher to win 20 games. In 1993, he set a big-league record when he started his 14th Opening Day in a row.

Fred McGriff

This is a great picture of Fred McGriff. It wasn't easy for photographers to catch him smiling, but my friend John Klein did. (Black Book Partners/John Klein)


Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay looks in for the catcher's signal. It's a shame the Blue jays never made it to the playoffs when he was on the team. (Black Book Partners)


Home Runs
1986 — Jesse Barfield — 40
1989 — Fred McGriff — 36
2010 — Jose Bautista — 54
2011 — Jose Bautista — 43

Batting Average
1993 — John Olerud — .363

Runs Batted In
1987 — George Bell — 134
2003 — Carlos Delgado — 145
2015 — Josh Donaldson — 123
2016 — Edwin Encarnacion — 127* 

*Tied with another player

Stolen Bases
No Blue Jay has led the league in stolen bases

1992 — Jack Morris — 21
1997 — Roger Clemens — 21
1998 — Roger Clemens — 20
2000 — David Wells — 20
2003 — Roy Halladay — 22

1997 — Roger Clemens — 292
1998 — Roger Clemens — 271
2008 — A.J. Burnett — 231

Earned Run Average
1985 — Dave Stieb — 2.48
1987 — Jimmy Key — 2.76
1996 — Juan Guzman — 2.93
1997 — Roger Clemens — 2.05
1998 — Roger Clemens — 2.65
2015 — David Price — 2.45*
2016 — Aaron Sanchez — 3.00

*Also played for Tigers

1992 Atlanta Braves Won 4–2
1993 Philadelphia Phillies Won 4–2


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