1985 Toronto Blue Jays season

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1985 Toronto Blue Jays
1985 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television CFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Ken Singleton, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1985 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's ninth season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 99 wins and 62 losses. The win total of 99 is a franchise record, and the division title was the franchise's first.

Despite having the second-best record in Major League Baseball, the Blue Jays collapsed in the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals, blowing a 3–1 series lead and losing in seven games.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • April 27, 1985: Willie Aikens hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.[6]
  • July 9, 1985: In a game between the Blue Jays and the Mariners at Seattle, Buck Martinez executed a double play by tagging out two runners at home plate. In the third inning, Phil Bradley was on second when Gorman Thomas singled. Bradley was tagged out at home, on a throw from Jesse Barfield to Martinez. There was a collision between Bradley and Martinez – Martinez broke his ankle. Martinez was sitting on the ground in agony and threw the ball to third base in an attempt to tag out Gorman Thomas. The throw went into left field and Thomas ran towards home plate. Toronto left fielder George Bell threw the ball back to Martinez. He was still seated on the ground in pain but was able to tag Gorman Thomas for the out. Martinez tagged out both runners at home plate.[7]
  • Dave Stieb led the American League with a 2.48 ERA and pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 99 62 .615 --
New York Yankees 97 64 .602 2
Detroit Tigers 84 77 .522 15
Baltimore Orioles 83 78 .516 16
Boston Red Sox 81 81 .500 18½
Milwaukee Brewers 71 90 .441 28
Cleveland Indians 60 102 .370 39½


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1985 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1985 Game Log (99–62)
  • A MLB Players strike forced the cancellation of all regular season games on August 6 and 7. Most games were made up later in the season.
1985 Playoff Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

= Indicates team leader
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Whitt, ErnieErnie Whitt 139 412 101 .245 19 64
1B Upshaw, WillieWillie Upshaw 148 501 138 .275 15 65
2B García, DámasoDámaso García 146 600 169 .282 8 65
3B Mulliniks, RanceRance Mulliniks 129 366 108 .295 10 57
SS Fernández, TonyTony Fernández 161 564 163 .289 2 51
LF Bell, GeorgeGeorge Bell 157 607 167 .275 28 95
CF Moseby, LloydLloyd Moseby 152 584 151 .259 18 70
RF Barfield, JesseJesse Barfield 155 539 156 .289 27 84
DH Burroughs, JeffJeff Burroughs 86 191 49 .257 6 28

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Iorg, GarthGarth Iorg 131 288 90 .313 7 37
Oliver, AlAl Oliver 61 187 47 .251 5 23
Matuszek, LenLen Matuszek 62 151 32 .212 2 15
Martinez, BuckBuck Martinez 42 99 16 .162 4 14
Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder 30 74 23 .311 4 16
Johnson, CliffCliff Johnson 24 73 20 .274 1 10
Thornton, LouLou Thornton 56 72 17 .236 1 8
Lee, ManuelManuel Lee 64 40 8 .200 0 0
Shepherd, RonRon Shepherd 38 35 4 .114 0 1
Aikens, WillieWillie Aikens 11 20 4 .200 1 5
Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber 5 13 3 .231 0 1
Webster, MitchMitch Webster 4 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 36 265 14 13 2.48 167
Alexander, DoyleDoyle Alexander 36 260.2 17 10 3.45 142
Key, JimmyJimmy Key 35 212.2 14 6 3.00 85
Clancy, JimJim Clancy 23 128.2 9 6 3.78 66
Leal, LuisLuis Leal 15 67.1 3 6 5.75 33
Filer, TomTom Filer 11 48.2 7 0 3.88 24

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Musselman, RonRon Musselman 25 52.1 3 0 4.47 29
Cerutti, JohnJohn Cerutti 4 6.2 0 2 5.40 5

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Caudill, BillBill Caudill 67 69.1 4 6 14 2.99 46
Lavelle, GaryGary Lavelle 69 72.2 5 7 8 3.10 50
Acker, JimJim Acker 61 86.1 7 2 10 3.23 42
Lamp, DennisDennis Lamp 53 105.2 11 0 2 3.32 68
Henke, TomTom Henke 28 40 3 3 13 2.03 42

ALCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 8, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Toronto 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 X 6 11 0
W: Dave Stieb (1-0)  L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game 2[edit]

October 9, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 10 3
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 6 10 0
W: Tom Henke (1-0)  L: Dan Quisenberry (0-1)  
HRs: KCR: Willie Wilson (1)  Pat Sheridan (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 11, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 13 1
Kansas City 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 X 6 10 1
W: Steve Farr (1-0)   L: Jim Clancy (0-1)  
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett 2 (2)  Jim Sundberg (1)  TOR:  Jesse Barfield (1)  Rance Mulliniks (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 12, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0
W: Tom Henke (2-0)   L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-2)  
HRs: None

Game 5[edit]

October 13, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Kansas City 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 8 0
W: Danny Jackson (1-0)   L: Jimmy Key (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game 6[edit]

October 15, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 8 1
Toronto 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 2
W: Mark Gubicza (1-0)   L: Doyle Alexander (0-1)  S: Dan Quisenberry (1)
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett (3)

Game 7[edit]

October 16, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 6 8 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 8 1
W: Charlie Leibrandt (1-2)   L: Dave Stieb (1-1)  
HRs: KCRPat Sheridan (2)

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Doug Ault
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League John McLaren
A Kinston Blue Jays Carolina League Grady Little
A Florence Blue Jays South Atlantic League Héctor Torres
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Rocket Wheeler
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Mike Young

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Florence[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manuel Lee page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Lou Thornton page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bill Caudill page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Tom Henke page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Gary Lavelle page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Home Run in Last At Bat by Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ http://members.tripod.com/bb_catchers/catchers/doubletag2.htm
  8. ^ Pedro Munoz page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.84, Published by Time Inc.
  10. ^ Jim Abbott page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Todd Stottlemyre page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Cliff Young page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Al Oliver page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Matt Williams page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Junior Felix page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Francisco Cabrera page at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  18. ^ 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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