1987 Toronto Blue Jays season

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1987 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Manager(s) Jimy Williams
Local television CFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Buck Martinez, Fergie Olver)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1987 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's eleventh season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing second in the American League East with a record of 96 wins and 66 losses. They had been in first place by 3½ games over the Detroit Tigers with a week left to play, but they dropped their next seven games in a row, capped off by a sweep at the hands of Detroit at Tiger Stadium on the last weekend of the season, and lost the division by two games.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • Blue Jays left fielder George Bell drove in 134 runs to lead the American League, along with 47 home runs, and was selected the league's Most Valuable Player in a close vote over the Tigers' Alan Trammell.
  • Tom Henke established himself as an elite closer, as he led the American League in saves with 34.
  • Starting pitcher Jimmy Key led the American League with a 2.76 ERA.
  • July 21, 1987: Jimmy Key threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs.[4] This was accomplished in the second inning.
  • September 14, 1987: The Blue Jays set a Major League record by hitting 10 home runs in a game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers 98 64 .605 --
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 .593 2
Milwaukee Brewers 91 71 .562 7
New York Yankees 89 73 .549 9
Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 .414 31
Cleveland Indians 61 101 .377 37


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1987 Toronto Blue Jays roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1987 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 135 446 120 .269 19 75
1B Upshaw, WillieWillie Upshaw 150 512 125 .244 15 58
2B Iorg, GarthGarth Iorg 122 310 65 .210 4 30
3B Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber 138 341 80 .235 12 36
SS Fernández, TonyTony Fernández 146 578 186 .322 5 67
LF Bell, GeorgeGeorge Bell 156 610 188 .308 47 134
CF Moseby, LloydLloyd Moseby 155 592 167 .282 26 96
RF Barfield, JesseJesse Barfield 159 590 155 .263 28 84
DH McGriff, FredFred McGriff 107 295 73 .247 20 43

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mulliniks, RanceRance Mulliniks 124 332 103 .310 11 44
Leach, RickRick Leach 98 195 55 .282 3 25
Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder 82 175 47 .269 14 32
Liriano, NelsonNelson Liriano 37 158 38 .241 2 10
Lee, ManuelManuel Lee 56 121 31 .256 1 11
Moore, CharlieCharlie Moore 51 107 23 .215 1 27
Sharperson, MikeMike Sharperson 32 96 20 .208 0 9
Beníquez, JuanJuan Beníquez 39 81 23 .284 5 21
Ducey, RobRob Ducey 34 48 9 .188 1 6
DeWillis, JeffJeff DeWillis 13 25 3 .120 1 2
Stark, MattMatt Stark 5 12 1 .083 0 0
Myers, GregGreg Myers 7 9 1 .111 0 0
Thornton, LouLou Thornton 12 2 1 .500 0 0
Infante, AlexisAlexis Infante 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Clancy, JimJim Clancy 37 241⅓ 15 11 3.54 180
Key, JimmyJimmy Key 36 261 17 8 2.76 161
Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 33 185 13 9 4.09 115
Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson 14 66⅔ 3 5 5.13 27
Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan 7 49⅓ 3 2 2.37 43
Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro 3 12 0 2 8.25 7

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cerutti, JohnJohn Cerutti 44 151⅓ 11 4 4.40 92
José Núñez 37 97 5 2 5.01 99

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Henke, TomTom Henke 72 0 6 34 2.49 128
Eichhorn, MarkMark Eichhorn 89 10 6 4 3.17 96
Musselman, JeffJeff Musselman 68 12 5 3 4.15 54
Lavelle, GaryGary Lavelle 23 2 3 1 5.53 17
Wells, DavidDavid Wells 18 4 3 1 3.99 32
Ward, DuaneDuane Ward 12 1 0 0 6.94 10
Gordon, DonDon Gordon 5 0 0 0 4.09 3

Award winners[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Doug Ault
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League Glenn Ezell
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Bob Bailor
A Myrtle Beach Blue Jays South Atlantic League Barry Foote
Short-Season A St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League Joe Lonnett
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Eddie Dennis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Myrtle Beach[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis Lamp page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Luis Leal page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ron Shepherd page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ 3 Pitch Inning
  5. ^ Bill Caudill page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Ryan Thompson page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Steve Wapnick page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Darren Lewis page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Gary Lavelle page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Mike Flanagan page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Mike Sharperson page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1986 Toronto Blue Jays season
1987 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1987
Succeeded by
1988 Toronto Blue Jays season