1991 Toronto Blue Jays season

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1991 Toronto Blue Jays
1991 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Manager(s) Cito Gaston and Gene Tenace
Local television CFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tommy Hutton, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Jim Hughson, Buck Martinez)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1991 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's fifteenth season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses. The team's paid attendance of 4,001,527 led the major leagues, as the Jays became the first team in MLB history to draw four million fans in a season. Toronto lost the ALCS to the eventual world champion Minnesota Twins in five games.

Offseason[edit]

On December 4, 1990, the San Diego Padres and Blue Jays made one of the biggest blockbuster deals of the decade. The Padres traded second baseman Roberto Alomar and outfielder Joe Carter to the Blue Jays in exchange for first baseman Fred McGriff and shortstop Tony Fernández. Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick and Padres GM Joe McIlvaine originally talked about just trading Joe Carter for Fred McGriff.[1] The Padres were losing Jack Clark and needed a new first baseman. The Blue Jays had John Olerud ready to take over at first base but were losing outfielder George Bell. Gillick decided to up the ante by trying to get Alomar. Gillick figured that with Garry Templeton in the twilight of his career, Fernández would be an adequate replacement.[1] Alomar feuded with Padres manager Greg Riddoch and the thinking was that Bip Roberts and Joey Cora could platoon at second base.[1] Over the next two seasons, Alomar and Carter would help the Blue Jays win the 1992 World Series and 1993 World Series.

Transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • May 1, 1991: The Blue Jays were part of baseball history, as Nolan Ryan threw his seventh and last no-hitter against them in Arlington.
  • July 1, 1991: Joe Carter was named the AL Player of the Month for the month of June.
  • August 13, 1991: After making 25 consecutive save opportunities, Tom Henke picked up a blown save after Paul Molitor hit a home run in the ninth.
  • October 2, 1991: The Blue Jays clinched the American League East title in a 6-5 walk-off win over the California Angels. Joe Carter hit the game-winning single. The Jays also became the first team to have their season attendance pass the 4 million mark.

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 91 71 .562 --
Boston Red Sox 84 78 .519 7
Detroit Tigers 84 78 .519 7
Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 .512 8
New York Yankees 71 91 .438 20
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 .414 34
Cleveland Indians 57 105 .352 34

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1991 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1991 Game Log
1991 Playoff Game Log

All-Star game[edit]

The Blue Jays hosted the 1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 62nd Midsummer Classic and was played on July 9 at SkyDome. Roberto Alomar was voted in as the starting second baseman for the American League, while pitcher Jimmy Key and outfielder Joe Carter were named as reserves on the AL team. Key got the win as the American League's All-Stars triumphed over the National League All-Stars, 4-2.

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 Myers, GregGreg Myers 107 309 81 .262 8 36
1B Olerud, JohnJohn Olerud 139 454 116 .256 17 68
2B Alomar, RobertoRoberto Alomar 161 637 188 .295 9 69
3B Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber 113 429 108 .252 20 65
SS Lee, ManuelManuel Lee 138 445 104 .234 0 29
LF Maldonado, CandyCandy Maldonado 52 177 49 .277 7 28
CF White, DevonDevon White 156 642 181 .282 17 60
RF Carter, JoeJoe Carter 162 638 174 .273 33 108
DH Mulliniks, RanceRance Mulliniks 97 240 60 .250 2 24

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Borders, PatPat Borders 105 291 71 .244 5 36
Wilson, MookieMookie Wilson 86 241 58 .241 2 28
Tabler, PatPat Tabler 82 185 40 .216 1 21
Sprague, EdEd Sprague 61 160 44 .275 4 20
Whiten, MarkMark Whiten 46 149 33 .221 2 19
Gonzales, ReneRene Gonzales 71 118 23 .195 1 6
Hill, GlenallenGlenallen Hill 35 99 25 .253 3 11
Ducey, RobRob Ducey 39 68 16 .235 1 4
Snyder, CoryCory Snyder 21 49 7 .143 0 6
Parker, DaveDave Parker 13 36 12 .333 0 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Stottlemyre, ToddTodd Stottlemyre 34 219 15 8 3.78 116
Key, JimmyJimmy Key 33 209 16 12 3.05 125
Guzmán, JuanJuan Guzmán 23 138⅔ 10 3 2.99 123
Candiotti, TomTom Candiotti 19 129⅔ 6 7 2.98 81
Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 9 59⅔ 4 3 3.17 29
Boucher, DenisDenis Boucher 7 35⅓ 0 3 4.58 16

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wells, DavidDavid Wells 40 198⅓ 15 10 3.72 106
Fraser, WillieWillie Fraser 13 26⅓ 0 2 6.15 12
Hentgen, PatPat Hentgen 3 7⅓ 0 0 2.45 3

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Henke, TomTom Henke 49 0 2 32 2.32 53
Ward, DuaneDuane Ward 81 7 6 23 2.77 132
Timlin, MikeMike Timlin 63 11 6 3 3.16 85
Acker, JimJim Acker 54 3 5 1 5.20 44
MacDonald, BobBob MacDonald 45 3 3 0 2.85 24
Weathers, DavidDavid Weathers 15 1 0 0 4.91 13
Dayley, KenKen Dayley 8 0 0 0 6.23 3
Horsman, VinceVince Horsman 4 0 0 0 0.00 2
Weston, MickeyMickey Weston 2 0 0 0 0.00 1

ALCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 8, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 9 3
Minnesota 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 11 0
W: Jack Morris (1-0)   L: Tom Candiotti (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (1)
HR: None

Game 2[edit]

October 9, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 9 0
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 1
W: Juan Guzmán (1-0)   L: Kevin Tapani (0-1)  S: Duane Ward (1)
HR: None

Game 3[edit]

October 11, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
Toronto 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
W: Mark Guthrie (1-0)   L: Mike Timlin (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (2)
HR: MINMike Pagliarulo (1)   TORJoe Carter (1)

Game 4[edit]

October 12, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 1 1 9 13 1
Toronto 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 11 2
W: Jack Morris (2-0)   L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)  
HR: MINKirby Puckett (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 13, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 8 14 2
Toronto 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
W: David West (1-0)   L: Duane Ward (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (3)
HR: MINKirby Puckett (2)

Award winners[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Bob Bailor
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League John Stearns
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Dennis Holmberg
A Myrtle Beach Hurricanes South Atlantic League Garth Iorg
Short-Season A St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League Doug Ault
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Omar Malavé
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League J. J. Cannon

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References[edit]

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Preceded by
Boston Red Sox
1990
AL East Championship Season
1991
Succeeded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1992
Preceded by
1990 Toronto Blue Jays season
1991 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1991
Succeeded by
1992 Toronto Blue Jays season