1983 Toronto Blue Jays season
|1983 Toronto Blue Jays
|Major league affiliations|
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
|Local radio||CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1983 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's seventh season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing fourth in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses. It was the franchise's first winning season, and it started a streak of 11 consecutive winning seasons.
- December 9, 1982: Dale Murray and Tom Dodd were traded by the Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Fred McGriff, Dave Collins, Mike Morgan, and cash.
- February 23, 1983: Mickey Klutts was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Regular season 
- Willie Upshaw became the first Blue Jay to get over 100 RBIs with 104
- On August 4, 1983, New York Yankee Dave Winfield, while warming up before the 5th inning of a game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown ball. He doffed his cap in mock sorrow. Fans responded by hurling obscenities and improvised missiles. After the game, he was brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and was forced to post a $500 bond before being released. Quipped Yankees manager Billy Martin, "It's the first time he's hit the cutoff man." The charges were dropped the following day. For years afterward Winfield's appearances in Toronto were greeted with loud choruses of boos, but he later became a fan favorite when he joined the team in 1992.
Opening Day starters 
- Dave Collins
- Dámaso García
- Jim Gott
- Alfredo Griffin
- Cliff Johnson
- Lloyd Moseby
- Rance Mulliniks
- Hosken Powell
- Willie Upshaw
- Ernie Whitt
Season standings 
|New York Yankees||91||71||.562||7.0|
|Toronto Blue Jays||89||73||.549||9.0|
|Boston Red Sox||78||84||.481||20.0|
Notable transactions 
- February 5, 1983: Leon Roberts was traded by the Blue Jays to the Kansas City Royals for Cecil Fielder.
- June 6, 1983: Webster Garrison was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 1983 amateur draft. Player signed August 21, 1983.
- June 21, 1983: Doyle Alexander was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays.
|1983 Toronto Blue Jays|
Game log 
|1983 Game Log|
Player stats 
Starters by position 
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases
Other batters 
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases
Starting pitchers 
Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
Other pitchers 
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; IP = Innings pitched; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
Relief pitchers 
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
|Roy Lee Jackson||49||92||8||3||7||4.50||48||46||41||48|
Award winners 
- Lloyd Moseby, Player of the Month Award, August
- Lloyd Moseby, Silver Slugger Award
- Dave Stieb, Pitcher of the Month Award, May
Farm system 
- Fred McGriff page at Baseball Reference
- Jane, Gross (1983-08-06). "Winfield charges will be dropped". The New York Times. p. 1.29.
- Cecil Fielder page at Baseball Reference
- Webster Garrison page at Baseball Reference
- Doyle Alexander page at Baseball Reference
- Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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- 1983 Toronto Blue Jays team page at Baseball Reference
- 1983 Toronto Blue Jays team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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