1992 Toronto Blue Jays season
|1992 Toronto Blue Jays|
|1992 AL East Champions
1992 AL Champions
1992 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Labatt Breweries, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce|
|General manager(s)||Pat Gillick|
(Don Chevrier, Tommy Hutton, Fergie Olver)
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The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays played their sixteenth season in Major League Baseball. Toronto finished first in the American League East for the fourth time with a record of 96 wins and 66 losses, closing the season with an attendance record of 4,028,318. Toronto was not swept in a single series all year, becoming the first team in 49 years to accomplish the feat.
In the American League Championship Series, the Blue Jays defeated the Oakland Athletics in six games for their first American League pennant in four tries. In the World Series, Toronto faced the Atlanta Braves, who had won their second straight National League pennant, but lost the previous year's World Series. The Blue Jays prevailed in six games, becoming the first non-U.S.-based team to win a World Series.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Game log
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Postseason
- 6 Award winners
- 7 Farm system
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- October 28, 1991: Cory Snyder was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.
- December 12, 1991: Eric Plunk was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- December 18, 1991: The Blue Jays sign pitcher Jack Morris as a free agent.
- December 19, 1991: Dave Winfield was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- March 27, 1992: Eric Plunk was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Despite their post-season success, the Blue Jays had many ups and downs during the regular season. The Jays started off winning the first six games of the regular season and Roberto Alomar was named the AL Player of the Month for the month of April.
On August 25, they had lost six of their last seven games and were only two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the standings. At this point, general manager Pat Gillick decided to acquire a fiery right-hander from the New York Mets named David Cone. The trade resulted in the Jays sending minor league prospect Ryan Thompson and utility infielder Jeff Kent to the Mets. The deal sent the message that the Blue Jays were committed to winning. Cone would have 4 wins, 3 losses and a 2.55 ERA.
The regular season also marked the end of the road for Dave Stieb, who made his last start for the Blue Jays on August 8 and only lasted three innings. On September 23, Stieb announced that he was finished for the season. 1992 was Stieb's final season for the Jays before briefly coming out of retirement years later.
Four days later, on September 27, Jack Morris would make club history by becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games in a season. Morris would have to wait through a two hour rain delay at Yankee Stadium to get the win.
Heading into the last weekend of the season, only the Milwaukee Brewers were still in contention. Led by manager Phil Garner, the Brewers had won 22 of 29 games since August 29. The Brewers trailed the Blue Jays by 2 games, and the Jays were heading into a weekend series vs. the Detroit Tigers. On October 3, Juan Guzmán had a one-hitter through eight innings and Duane Ward picked up the save as the Jays won the game 3-1 and clinched the American League East Division title.
Opening Day starters
- Devon White, OF
- Roberto Alomar, 2B
- Joe Carter, OF
- Dave Winfield, DH
- John Olerud, 1B
- Derek Bell, OF
- Kelly Gruber, 3B
- Pat Borders, C
- Manuel Lee, SS
- Jack Morris, P
|Toronto Blue Jays||96||66||.593||--|
|New York Yankees||76||86||.469||20|
|Boston Red Sox||73||89||.451||23|
- April 3, 1992: Shawn Hillegas was selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Cleveland Indians.
- June 1, 1992: Tim Crabtree was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 1992 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1992.
- July 9, 1992: Kelvim Escobar was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an amateur free agent.
- July 30, 1992: Traded Rob Ducey and Greg Myers to the California Angels for Mark Eichhorn.
- August 1, 1992: Terry McGriff was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- August 27, 1992: Traded Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson to the New York Mets for David Cone.
|1992 Toronto Blue Jays|
|1992 Game Log|
|1992 Playoff Game Log|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|= Indicates team leader|
|C||Borders, PatPat Borders||138||480||116||.242||13||53|
|1B||Olerud, JohnJohn Olerud||138||458||130||.284||16||66|
|2B||Alomar, RobertoRoberto Alomar||152||571||177||.310||8||76|
|3B||Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber||120||446||102||.229||11||43|
|SS||Lee, ManuelManuel Lee||128||396||104||.263||3||39|
|LF||Maldonado, CandyCandy Maldonado||137||489||133||.272||20||66|
|CF||White, DevonDevon White||153||641||159||.248||17||60|
|RF||Carter, JoeJoe Carter||158||622||164||.264||34||119|
|DH||Winfield, DaveDave Winfield||156||583||169||.290||26||108|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Kent, JeffJeff Kent||65||192||46||.240||8||35|
|Bell, DerekDerek Bell||61||161||39||.242||2||12|
|Griffin, AlfredoAlfredo Griffin||63||150||35||.233||0||10|
|Tabler, PatPat Tabler||49||135||34||.252||0||16|
|Myers, GregGreg Myers||22||61||14||.230||1||13|
|Sprague, EdEd Sprague||22||47||11||.234||1||7|
|Ward, TurnerTurner Ward||18||29||10||.345||1||3|
|Ducey, RobRob Ducey||23||21||1||.048||0||0|
|Knorr, RandyRandy Knorr||8||19||5||.263||1||2|
|Quinlan, TomTom Quinlan||13||15||1||.067||0||2|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Morris, JackJack Morris||34||240.2||21||6||4.04||132|
|Key, JimmyJimmy Key||33||216.2||13||13||3.53||117|
|Guzmán, JuanJuan Guzmán||28||180.2||16||5||2.64||165|
|Stottlemyre, ToddTodd Stottlemyre||28||174||12||11||4.50||98|
|Stieb, DaveDave Stieb||21||96.1||4||6||5.04||45|
|Cone, DavidDavid Cone||8||53||4||3||2.55||47|
|Wells, DavidDavid Wells||41||120||7||9||5.40||62|
|Linton, DougDoug Linton||8||24||1||3||8.63||16|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Henke, TomTom Henke||57||3||2||34||2.26||46|
|Ward, DuaneDuane Ward||79||7||4||12||1.95||103|
|Hentgen, PatPat Hentgen||28||5||2||0||5.36||39|
|MacDonald, BobBob MacDonald||27||1||0||0||4.37||26|
|Timlin, MikeMike Timlin||26||0||2||1||4.12||35|
|Eichhorn, MarkMark Eichhorn||23||2||0||0||4.35||19|
|Weathers, DavidDavid Weathers||2||0||0||0||8.10||3|
|Trlicek, RickyRicky Trlicek||2||0||0||0||10.80||1|
|Leiter, AlAl Leiter||1||0||0||0||9.00||0|
American League Championship Series
October 7, Skydome
|W: Jeff Russell (1-0) L: Jack Morris (0-1) S: Dennis Eckersley (1)|
|HR: OAK – Mark McGwire (1) Terry Steinbach (1) Harold Baines (1) TOR – Pat Borders (1) Dave Winfield (1)|
October 8, Skydome
|W: David Cone (1-0) L: Mike Moore (0-1) S: Tom Henke (1)|
|HR: TOR – Kelly Gruber (1)|
October 10, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
|W: Juan Guzmán (1-0) L: Ron Darling (0-1) S: Tom Henke (2)|
|HR: TOR – Roberto Alomar (1) Candy Maldonado (1)|
October 11, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
The defining moment of the Series came in the ninth inning of Game 4, when Toronto second baseman Roberto Alomar hit a game-tying 2-run home run off Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley. The Blue Jays would eventually win the game 7-6 in 11 innings and take a 3-1 series lead.
|W: Duane Ward (1-0) L: Kelly Downs (0-1) S: Tom Henke (3)|
|HR: TOR – John Olerud (1) Roberto Alomar (2)|
October 12, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
|W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: David Cone (1-1)|
|HR: OAK – Rubén Sierra (1) TOR – Dave Winfield (2)|
October 14, Skydome
With their victory in game 6, the 1992 Blue Jays became the first non-American-based team to go to the World Series.
|W: Juan Guzmán (2-0) L: Mike Moore (0-2)|
|HR: TOR – Joe Carter (1) Candy Maldonado (2)|
|W: Tom Glavine (1-0) L: Jack Morris (0-1)|
|HR: TOR – Joe Carter (1) ATL – Damon Berryhill (1)|
|W: Duane Ward (1-0) L: Jeff Reardon (0-1) S: Tom Henke (1)|
|HR: TOR – Ed Sprague (1)|
|W: Duane Ward (2-0) L: Steve Avery (0-1)|
|HR: TOR – Joe Carter (2), Kelly Gruber (1)|
|W: Jimmy Key (1-0) L: Tom Glavine (1-1) S: Tom Henke (2)|
|HR: TOR – Pat Borders (1)|
|W: John Smoltz (1-0) L: Jack Morris (0-2) S: Mike Stanton (1)|
|HR: ATL – David Justice (1), Lonnie Smith (1)|
|W: Jimmy Key (2-0) L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1) S: Mike Timlin (1)|
|HR: TOR – Candy Maldonado (1)|
- Roberto Alomar, Player of the Month Award, April
- Roberto Alomar, 2B, ALCS MVP
- Roberto Alomar, 2B, Silver Slugger Award
- Roberto Alomar, 2B, Gold Glove Award
- Pat Borders, C, World Series MVP
- Joe Carter, OF, Silver Slugger Award
- Devon White, OF, Gold Glove Award
- Dave Winfield, DH, Silver Slugger Award
- Dave Winfield, DH, Babe Ruth Award
- Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.288, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
- 1943 St. Louis Cardinals Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed on June 13, 2014.
- Jack Morris Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, pp.284-285, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
- Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.285, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
- Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.286, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
- Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.287, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
- Shawn Hillegas Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- David Cone Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.289, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
- 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
- 1992 Toronto Blue Jays team page at Baseball Reference
- 1992 Toronto Blue Jays team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- 1992 WS page at Baseball Reference
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