2011 Toronto Blue Jays season

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2011 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Rogers, CEO Paul Beeston, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos
Manager(s) John Farrell
Local television Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers Sportsnet One
(Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler, Alan Ashby)
Local radio Blue Jays Radio Network
FAN 590
(Jerry Howarth, Alan Ashby, Mike Wilner, Gregg Zaun)
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The 2011 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 35th season of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays franchise, and the 22nd full season of play (23rd overall) at the Rogers Centre. It was also the first season with John Farrell as the team's manager. The Blue Jays had an up-and-down season, finishing with an 81–81 record, in fourth place in the American League East.

AL East[edit]

AL East
W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 97 65 .599 52–29 45–36
Tampa Bay Rays 91 71 .562 6 47–34 44–37
Boston Red Sox 90 72 .556 7 45–36 45–36
Toronto Blue Jays 81 81 .500 16 42–39 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 69 93 .426 28 39–42 30–51


Records vs opponents[edit]

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 6–3 6–3 12–6
Boston Red Sox 5–4 3–6 8–10
New York Yankees 5–4 2–7 7–11
Tampa Bay Rays 3–6 3–6 6–12
Totals 19–17 14–22 33–39
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 3–1 1–2 4–3
Cleveland Indians 1–2 3–1 4–3
Detroit Tigers 1–3 1–1 2–4
Kansas City Royals 1–2 2–2 3–4
Minnesota Twins 2–1 3–0 5–1
Totals 8–9 10–6 18–15
AL West
Los Angeles Angels 4–3 1–2 5–5
Oakland Athletics 3–3 2–2 5–5
Seattle Mariners 3–0 3–3 6–3
Texas Rangers 2–1 4–3 6–4
Totals 12–7 10–10 22–17
National League
Atlanta Braves 0–3 0–3
Cincinnati Reds 2–1 2–1
Houston Astros 1–2 1–2
Philadelphia Phillies 1–2 1–2
Pittsburgh Pirates 1–2 1–2
St. Louis Cardinals 3–0 3–0
Totals 3–6 5–4 8–10
Grand Totals 42–39 39–42 81–81
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
April 27 13 14 .481
May 28 15 13 .536
June 27 12 15 .444
July 26 15 11 .577
August 28 13 15 .464
September 26 13 13 .500
Totals 162 81 81 .500
Team BAL BOS CHW CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 8–10 4–4 2–5 5–5 5–4 3–6 6–2 5–13 4–5 4–2 9–9 1–5 6–12 7–11
Boston 10–8 2–4 4–6 5–1 5–3 6–2 5–2 12–6 6–2 5–4 6–12 4–6 10–8 10–8
Chicago 4–4 4–2 11–7 5–13 7–11 2–6 9–9 2–6 6–4 7–2 4–4 4–4 3–4 11–7
Cleveland 5–2 6–4 7–11 6–12 12–6 3–6 11–7 3–4 5–2 5–4 2–4 1–9 3–4 11–7
Detroit 5–5 1–5 13–5 12–6 11–7 3–4 14–4 4–3 5–5 4–6 6–1 6–3 4–2 7–11
Kansas City 4–5 3–5 11–7 6–12 7–11 7–3 8–10 3–3 4–5 5–3 2–5 2–6 4–3 5–13
Los Angeles 6–3 2–6 6–2 6–3 4–3 3–7 6–3 4–5 8–11 12–7 4–4 7–12 5–5 13–5
Minnesota 2–6 2–5 9–9 7–11 4–14 10–8 3–6 2–6 4–4 3–5 3–7 5–3 1–5 8–10
New York 13–5 6–12 6–2 4–3 3–4 3–3 5–4 6–2 6–3 5–4 9–9 7–2 11–7 13–5
Oakland 5–4 2–6 4–6 2–5 5–5 5–4 11–8 4–4 3–6 9–10 5–2 6–13 5–5 8–10
Seattle 2–4 4–5 2–7 4–5 6–4 3–5 7–12 5–3 4–5 10–9 4–6 4–15 3–6 9–9
Tampa Bay 9–9 12–6 4–4 4–2 1–6 5–2 4–4 7–3 9–9 2–5 6–4 4–5 12–6 12–6
Texas 5–1 6–4 4–4 9–1 3–6 6–2 12–7 3–5 2–7 13–6 15–4 5–4 4–6 9–9
Toronto 12–6 8–10 4–3 4–3 2–4 3–4 5–5 5–1 7–11 5–5 6–3 6–12 6–4 8–10


Season summary[edit]

Following an unexpectedly successful 2010 season, one of the Blue Jays' priorities was to find a replacement for retiring manager Cito Gaston. After reviewing many candidates, the Blue Jays vetted four finalists, Sandy Alomar, Jr., DeMarlo Hale, John Farrell and their third base coach Brian Butterfield. The Jays hired Farrell on October 22, 2010.

Relief pitcher Scott Downs declined arbitration, becoming a free agent; he signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 10, 2010. Catcher John Buck was also expected to leave, as GM Alex Anthopoulos and several commentators noted that he deserved a full-time job and contract coming off an all-star season, but that the Jays would be looking to prospect J. P. Arencibia as their starting catcher, after he hit .301 with 32 home runs in 104 Triple-A games.[1][2]

The Jays made several notable acquisitions through free agency, including relievers Jon Rauch and Octavio Dotel. On November 17, 2010, the Blue Jays traded for outfielder Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for two minor league pitchers Trystan Magnuson and Danny Farquhar.

On January 21, the Blue Jays announced a blockbuster deal that sent the face of the franchise, Vernon Wells, to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in exchange for catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera.[3] Four days later, the Blue Jays traded Napoli to the Texas Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco,[4] Rivera was Designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on July 3, 2011, and acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers with cash for a player to be named later or cash back.[5]

On February 17, the Blue Jays announced that José Bautista had agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $64 million.[6] Bautista led the MLB with 54 home runs, won the AL Hank Aaron Award and placed fourth in MVP balloting in 2010.

On June 1, in a game against the Cleveland Indians, Eric Thames, Rajai Davis and Jayson Nix hit back-to-back-to-back triples for the first time in franchise history. It was also the first time in the Major Leagues since Mike Gates, Tim Raines and Tim Wallach of the Montreal Expos accomplished this incredibly rare feat back in 1981.

On July 27, the Blue Jays completed a three-team trade to acquire long sought-after center fielder Colby Rasmus from the St. Louis Cardinals. In total, the trade involved many players, with Rasmus, P. J. Walters, Brian Tallet, and Trever Miller traded from St. Louis to Toronto, Mark Teahen traded from the Chicago White Sox to Toronto, Zach Stewart and Jason Frasor traded from Toronto to Chicago, Edwin Jackson traded to the St. Louis Cardinals from the Chicago White Sox (through Toronto), along with outfielder Corey Patterson, relief pitchers Octavio Dotel, and Marc Rzepczynski. The trade was seen as a watershed moment in the Blue Jays development process in the Anthopoulous regime, providing the team a multi-tooled centre fielder to anchor a young, developing outfield trio.

On July 31, the Blue Jays retired their first number, Roberto Alomar's #12.

On August 10, ESPN reported a cover story claiming the Toronto Blue Jays organization engaged in sign stealing[7] from visiting teams at the Rogers Centre, during the 2010 season. The story, by Peter Keating and Amy K. Nelson, alleged that a man in white, sitting in the outfield crowd, was raising his arms above his head to indicate an Off-speed pitch.[8] While the story was not validated by visiting players, managers or other MLB organizations, the Blue Jays responded with a press conference to denounce the allegations.

On August 23, Aaron Hill and John McDonald were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for second baseman Kelly Johnson.[9]

In August, J. P. Arencibia broke the Blue Jays single-season record for most home runs by a catcher, finishing the year with 23.

2011 Draft picks[edit]

The 2011 MLB Draft was held on June 7–9.

Round Pick Player Position College/School Nationality Signed
1 21 Tyler Beede RHP Lawrence Academy (MA) United States Unsigned
C-A 35* Jacob Anderson RHP Chino High School (CA) United States 2011–08–12
C-A 46* Joe Musgrove RHP Grossmont High School (CA) United States 2011–06–22
C-A 53* Dwight Smith OF McIntosh High School (GA) United States 2011–08–14
C-A 57* Kevin Comer RHP Seneca High School (NJ) United States 2011–08–15
2 74* Daniel Norris LHP Science Hill High School (TN) United States 2011–08–15
2 78 Jeremy Gabryswski RHP Crosby High School (TX) United States 2011–07–27
3 108 John Stilson RHP Texas A&M United States 2011–08–14
4 139 Thomas Robson RHP Delta SS Canada 2011–08–12
5 169 Andrew Chin LHP Buckingham Browne & Nichols (MA) United States Unsigned
6 199 Anthony DeSclafani RHP Florida United States 2011–08–14
7 229 Christian Lopes SS Edison High School (CA) United States 2011–08–15
8 259 Mark Biggs RHP Warren East High School (KY) United States 2011–08–14
9 289 Andrew Suarez LHP Christopher Columbus High School (FL) United States Unsigned
10 319 Aaron Garza RHP Galveston Ball High School (TX) United States Unsigned
  • * The Blue Jays received the 35th pick as compensation for loss of free agent Scott Downs
  • * The Blue Jays received the 46th pick as compensation for loss of free agent John Buck
  • * The Blue Jays received the 53rd pick as compensation for loss of free agent Miguel Olivo
  • * The Blue Jays received the 57th pick as compensation for loss of free agent Kevin Gregg
  • * The Blue Jays received the 74th pick as a compensation pick from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for signing type-A free agent Scott Downs

Roster[edit]

2011 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Top prospects[edit]

# Player Position Top 100 Rank Scouting Book 2011 Starting Team (Level)
1
Kyle Drabek
Right-handed pitcher
29
15
Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)
2
Deck McGuire
Right-handed pitcher
95
53
Dunedin Blue Jays (Advanced-A)
3
Anthony Gose
Outfielder
-
133
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
4
Travis d'Arnaud
Catcher
36
102
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
5
Zach Stewart
Right-handed pitcher
-
101
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)
6
Asher Wojciechowski
Right-handed pitcher
-
193
Dunedin Blue Jays (Advanced-A)
7
J. P. Arencibia
Catcher
-
88
Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)
8
Carlos Perez
Catcher
-
-
Lansing Lugnuts (A)
9
Aaron Sanchez
Right-handed pitcher
-
-
Bluefield Blue Jays (Rookie)
10
Jake Marisnick
Outfielder
-
-
Lansing Lugnuts (A)
11
Brett Lawrie
Second baseman
40
16
Las Vegas 51s (AAA)

* According to Baseball America Top 100 Prospects[10]

* According to Scouting Book Top Minor League Prospects[11]

* Top 10 Blue Jays prospects via Baseball America[12]

Game log[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend
Blue Jays Win Blue Jays Loss Game Postponed
2011 Game Log

Honours and awards[edit]

All-Star Game

Home Run Derby

  • José Bautista, 1st selection

Player of the Week

  • Ricky Romero – August 1–7

Player of the Month

  • José Bautista – April, May

Pitcher of the Month

  • Ricky Romero – August

Hank Aaron Award

  • José Bautista

Silver Slugger

  • José Bautista – OF


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Las Vegas 51s Pacific Coast League Marty Brown
AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League Sal Fasano
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Clayton McCullough
A Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League Mike Redmond
Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians Northwest League John Schneider and Rich Miller
Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League Dennis Holmberg
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Omar Malavé

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: New Hampshire, Vancouver

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Jays face tough decisions behind the plate | bluejays.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Major League Bastian: Highlights of Anthopoulos sit-down". Mlbastian.mlblogs.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Blue Jays trade Wells for Napoli, Rivera | bluejays.com: Official Info". Toronto.bluejays.mlb.com. January 21, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jays acquire Francisco in exchange for Napoli". Tsn.ca. January 25, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dodgers acquire veteran outfielder Rivera; dodgers.com: Official Info". losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. July 3, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ BLUE JAYS ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR, $64M DEAL WITH BAUTISTA TSN. Accessed on February 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays under suspicion again of stealing signs at Rogers Centre – ESPN New York". Espn.go.com. August 10, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays under suspicion again of stealing signs at Rogers Centre – ESPN New York". Espn.go.com. August 10, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Diamondbacks acquire Aaron Hill and John McDonald to help offense". Content.usatoday.com. August 23, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2011 Top 100 Prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ "2011 Top Top Minor League Prospects". ScoutingBook.com. April 1, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ Rode, Nathan (November 5, 2010). "Toronto Blue Jays top 10 prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 

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Preceded by
2010 Toronto Blue Jays season
2011 Toronto Blue Jays season
2011
Succeeded by
2012 Toronto Blue Jays season