List of Toronto Blue Jays seasons

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Interior view of a stadium, taken from the upper deck and looking down the 3rd base line
The Rogers Centre, home field of the Blue Jays since June 1989

The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario, and a member of Major League Baseball's (MLB) American League East Division. Since June 5, 1989, the Blue Jays have played in the Rogers Centre (called the "SkyDome" until February 2, 2005).[1] Before that, they played at Exhibition Stadium.[2] The name "Blue Jays" was chosen via a contest in 1976 from among more than 4,000 suggestions.[3]

The Blue Jays made their MLB debut during the 1977 baseball season, as an expansion team.[3] They first made the playoffs in 1985, by capturing the American League East Division, but lost the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in seven games to the Kansas City Royals.[4] The team returned to the playoffs in 1989, where they lost to the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS in five games,[5] and again in 1991, where once more the Blue Jays were defeated in the ALCS in five games, this time by the Minnesota Twins.[6]

In 1992, the Blue Jays became the first Canadian-based team to win the Commissioner's Trophy,[7] with a pair of six-game victories over Oakland in the ALCS and the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.[8] In 1993, they repeated their success, with another pair of six-game victories over the Chicago White Sox in the ALCS and the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.[9] The team has not qualified for post-season play since, frequently finishing the regular season in third place in their division.

Year by year results[edit]

World Series Champions
American League Champions
Division Champions*
Wild Card Berth§
MLB
season[a]
Team
season[b]
League[10] Division[10] Regular season[11] Post-season Awards
Finish[c] Games[d] Wins[e] Losses Win% GB[f]
1977 1977 AL East 7th 161 54 107 .335 45.5 Did not make the playoffs
1978 1978 AL East 7th 161 59 102 .366 40 Did not make the playoffs
1979 1979 AL East 7th 162 53 109 .327 50.5 Did not make the playoffs Alfredo Griffin (Co-ROY)[g][h]
1980 1980 AL East 7th 162 67 95 .414 36 Did not make the playoffs
1981[j] 1981 AL East 7th 58 16 42 .276 18 Did not make the playoffs
7th 48 21 27 .438 10
1982 1982 AL East 6th 162 78 84 .481 17 Did not make the playoffs
1983 1983 AL East 4th 162 89 73 .549 9 Did not make the playoffs
1984 1984 AL East 2nd 162 89 73 .549 15 Did not make the playoffs
1985 1985 AL East* 1st 161 99 62 .615 Lost ALCS[k] to the Royals, 3–4.[4] Bobby Cox (MOY)[m]
1986 1986 AL East 4th 162 86 76 .531 9.5 Did not make the playoffs
1987 1987 AL East 2nd 162 96 66 .593 2 Did not make the playoffs George Bell (MVP)[n]
1988 1988 AL East 3rd 162 87 75 .537 2 Did not make the playoffs
1989 1989[p] AL East* 1st 162 89 73 .549 Lost ALCS to the Athletics, 1–4.[5]
1990 1990 AL East 2nd 162 86 76 .531 2 Did not make the playoffs
1991 1991 AL East* 1st 162 91 71 .562 Lost ALCS to the Twins, 1–4.[6]
1992 1992 AL East* 1st 162 96 66 .593 Won ALCS over the Athletics, 4–2.
Won World Series over the Braves, 4–2.[8]
1993 1993 AL East* 1st 162 95 67 .586 Won ALCS over the White Sox, 4–2.
Won World Series over the Phillies, 4–2.[9]
1994[q] 1994 AL East 3rd 115 55 60 .478 16 No postseason held due to Player's Strike.
1995[r] 1995 AL East 5th 144 56 88 .389 30 Did not make the playoffs
1996 1996 AL East 4th 162 74 88 .457 18 Did not make the playoffs Pat Hentgen (CYA)[s]
1997 1997 AL East 5th 162 76 86 .469 22 Did not make the playoffs Roger Clemens (CYA)[12]
1998 1998 AL East 3rd 162 88 74 .543 26 Did not make the playoffs Roger Clemens (CYA)[12]
1999 1999 AL East 3rd 162 84 78 .519 14 Did not make the playoffs
2000 2000 AL East 3rd 162 83 79 .512 4.5 Did not make the playoffs
2001 2001 AL East 3rd 162 80 82 .494 16 Did not make the playoffs
2002 2002 AL East 3rd 162 78 84 .481 25.5 Did not make the playoffs Eric Hinske (ROY)[13]
2003 2003 AL East 3rd 162 86 76 .531 15 Did not make the playoffs Roy Halladay (CYA)[12]
2004 2004 AL East 5th 161 67 94 .416 33.5 Did not make the playoffs
2005 2005 AL East 3rd 162 80 82 .494 15 Did not make the playoffs
2006 2006 AL East 2nd 162 87 75 .537 10 Did not make the playoffs
2007 2007 AL East 3rd 162 83 79 .512 13 Did not make the playoffs
2008 2008 AL East 4th 162 86 76 .531 11 Did not make the playoffs
2009 2009 AL East 4th 162 75 87 .463 28 Did not make the playoffs Aaron Hill (CPOY)[14]
2010 2010 AL East 4th 162 85 77 .525 11 Did not make the playoffs
2011 2011 AL East 4th 162 81 81 .500 16 Did not make the playoffs
2012 2012 AL East 4th 162 73 89 .451 22 Did not make the playoffs
2013 2013 AL East 5th 162 74 88 .457 23 Did not make the playoffs
Totals Games Wins Losses Win%
5,869 2,902 2,967 .494 All-time regular season record
41 21 20 .512 All-time post-season record
5,910 2,923 2,987 .495 All-time regular and post-season record

Note: These statistics are current as of the end of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.

Notes[edit]

  • a Each year is linked to an article about that particular MLB season.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular Blue Jays season.
  • c The Finish column lists regular season results and excludes post-season play.
  • d The Games column lists regular season totals and excludes post-season play. Although all teams are scheduled for the same number of games each season, variance in the number from year to year is possible due to games that are cancelled or postponed and not played later in the season, or due to tie-breakers played at the end of the season to determine playoff eligibility or seeding.
  • e The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude post-season play. Regular and post-season records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
  • f The GB column lists "Games Behind" the team that finished in first place in the division that season. It is determined by taking the difference in wins between this team and the first place team, adding the difference in losses between this team and the first place team, and dividing the sum by two.
  • g ROY stands for Rookie of the Year.[13]
  • h Voting for the 1979 American League Rookie of the Year Award ended in a tie. Griffin shared the award with John Castino of the Minnesota Twins.[13]
  • j The 1981 season was shortened by a players' strike. MLB decided to split the season into two halves, with the division winner of each half playing in a divisional round of the playoffs.[15]
  • k ALCS stands for American League Championship Series.
  • m MOY stands for Manager of the Year.[16]
  • n MVP stands for Most Valuable Player.[12]
  • p The Blue Jays played their final home game at Exhibition Stadium on May 28, 1989. They began play in the Rogers Centre (then SkyDome) on June 5, 1989.[17]
  • q The 1994 Major League Baseball strike ended the season on August 11, as well as cancelling the entire postseason.[18]
  • r The 1994 Major League Baseball strike caused the shortening of the 1995 season to 144 games.[18]
  • s CYA stands for Cy Young Award.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rogers Centre". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jays Ballparks". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "History Highlights 1976–1979". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "1985 Toronto Blue Jays Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "1989 Toronto Blue Jays Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "1991 Toronto Blue Jays Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "History Highlights 1990-1999". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "1992 Toronto Blue Jays Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "1993 Toronto Blue Jays Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Toronto Blue Jays Team History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays year-by-year results". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 16, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Most Valuable Player MVP Awards & Cy Young Awards Winners". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c "Rookie of the Year Awards & Rolaids Relief Award Winners". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Carpenter, Hill win 2009 MLB Comeback Player of the Year Awards". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  15. ^ Jim Kaplan (August 10, 1981). "Let The Games Begin". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  17. ^ "History Highlights 1980-1989". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 17, 2009. 
  18. ^ a b Associated Press (August 29, 2002). "Baseball stoppages date back to 1972". ESPN. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 

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