1993 Toronto Blue Jays season
|1993 Toronto Blue Jays|
|1993 AL East Champions
1993 AL Champions
1993 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
|General manager(s)||Pat Gillick|
|Local television||CFTO-TV/CBLT (TV)
(Don Chevrier, Tom Hutton, Brian Williams, Fergie Olver, Jim Hughson)
The Sports Network
(Jim Hughson, Buck Martinez)
|Local radio||CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1993 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's seventeenth season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses. They were shut out only once in 162 regular-season games. The Blue Jays would repeat as World Champions and become the first back-to-back champions since the 1977–1978 New York Yankees. The American League Championship Series would see the Blue Jays play the Chicago White Sox. After defeating the White Sox in six games, the Blue Jays would beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series, also in six games. To date, this was the last time the Blue Jays qualified for the postseason.
This season marked the first time that a manager from the Blue Jays would manage the American League in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 64th Mid-Summer Classic and was played on July 13 at Camden Yards in Baltimore with Cito Gaston leading the American League squad. John Olerud, Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, and Paul Molitor were all starters for the American League. Pat Hentgen, Duane Ward and Devon White were named as reserves to the American League team. The American League defeated the National League by a score of 9–3.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Spring training
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Player stats
- 5 American League Championship Series
- 6 World Series
- 7 Awards and honors
- 8 Farm system
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- October 26, 1992: Mike Maksudian was selected off waivers by the Minnesota Twins from the Toronto Blue Jays.
- November 17, 1992: Dave Weathers was drafted by the Florida Marlins from the Toronto Blue Jays as the 29th pick in the 1992 expansion draft.
- November 27, 1992: Darnell Coles was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- December 7, 1992: Paul Molitor was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- December 7, 1992: Billy Taylor was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 rule 5 draft.
- December 8, 1992: Dave Stewart was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- December 8, 1992: Kelly Gruber was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with cash to the California Angels for Luis Sojo.
- December 8, 1992: Danny Cox was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- January 15, 1993: Dick Schofield was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- March 30, 1993: The Toronto Blue Jays traded Derek Bell to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Darrin Jackson.
- March 30, 1993: The Toronto Blue Jays released David Wells.
- October 3, 1993: On the last day of the regular season, Roberto Alomar raised his batting average to .326, moving from fourth to third in the American League batting race; with John Olerud (.363) and Paul Molitor (.332) already first and second, respectively, this marked the first time in 100 years that the top three hitters in the league were from the same team.
- Paul Molitor would finish as the runner-up in the American League MVP voting, while John Olerud finished third. Frank Thomas won the MVP Award, having led the Chicago White Sox to the American League West division title, before they were defeated by the Blue Jays in the ALCS.
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|New York Yankees||88||74||0.543||7||50–31||38–43|
|Boston Red Sox||80||82||0.494||15||43–38||37–44|
|1993 Toronto Blue Jays|
- April 3, 1993: Billy Taylor was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Atlanta Braves.
- April 13, 1993: Willie Canate was purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Cincinnati Reds.
- April 15, 1993: Ken Dayley was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.
- April 25, 1993: Scott Bailes was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- June 3, 1993: Chris Carpenter was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed August 10, 1993.
- June 11, 1993: Tony Fernandez was traded by the New York Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays for Darrin Jackson.
- June 17, 1993: Doug Linton was selected off waivers by the California Angels from the Toronto Blue Jays.
- July 31, 1993: Rickey Henderson was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later and Steve Karsay. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Jose Herrera (August 6, 1993) to the Oakland Athletics to complete the trade.
- August 12, 1993: Randy St. Claire was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
|1993 Game Log: 95–67 (Home: 48–33; Road: 47–34)|
April: 13–10 (Home: 9–4; Road: 4–6)
May: 16–12 (Home: 7–6; Road: 9–6)
June: 19–9 (Home: 10–3; Road: 9–6)
July: 13–15 (Home: 7–9; Road: 6–6)
August: 13–10 (Home: 7–6; Road: 6–4)
September: 13–10 (Home: 7–5; Road: 6–5)
October: 1–2 (Road: 1–2)
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|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
American League Championship Series
October 5, Comiskey Park
|W: Juan Guzmán (1-0) L: Jack McDowell (0-1)|
|HRs: TOR – Paul Molitor (1)|
The ALCS opened at Comiskey Park with a battle of aces, as Toronto threw Juan Guzmán against Chicago's Jack McDowell, the eventual 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner. The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Jays third baseman Ed Sprague stroked a triple to right field that scored John Olerud and Paul Molitor. The White Sox took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth with RBI base hits by Ozzie Guillén and Tim Raines, but Toronto stormed back in its half of the fifth with a two-run double by Olerud and a run-scoring single by Molitor. The Jays' designated hitter added a two-run homer in the seventh that finally chased McDowell, and the Chicago batters could muster nothing more against Toronto's bullpen as the Jays took the game 7-3 and a 1-0 lead in the series.
October 6, Comiskey Park
|W: Dave Stewart (1-0) L: Alex Fernandez (0-1) SV: Duane Ward (1)|
In Game 2, the Jays' Dave Stewart faced off against the Sox' Alex Fernandez. Toronto struck in the first when Rickey Henderson reached on an error by Dan Pasqua and later scored on a fielder's choice by Roberto Alomar, but the Pale Hose tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Stewart walked the bases loaded and then unleashed a wild pitch, scoring Raines. The contest remained knotted at one-all until the top of the fourth, when the Jays touched Fernandez for two runs via singles by Tony Fernández and Pat Borders. As in the first game, the ChiSox could not solve Toronto's relievers, and Duane Ward (who had notched a league-leading 45 saves during the regular season) secured his first playoff save as the Jays took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 3-1 victory.
October 8, SkyDome
|W: Wilson Álvarez (1-0) L: Pat Hentgen (0-1)|
The series shifted north of the border for Game 3, featuring Chicago's Wilson Álvarez taking on Toronto's Pat Hentgen. The two starters traded zeroes until the South Siders erupted with a five-run third, including a pair of two-run singles by Ellis Burks and Lance Johnson. The Blue Jays got a run in the bottom half of the frame when Henderson doubled, stole third, and scored on a Devon White single, but Hentgen was pulled in the fourth after giving up back-to-back base hits. His replacement on the mound, Danny Cox, gave up another run when a Robin Ventura sacrifice fly plated Guillén. This was more than enough for Alvarez, who went the distance as the Pale Hose cut Toronto's series lead to 2-1.
October 9, SkyDome
|W: Tim Belcher (1-0) L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1) SV: Roberto Hernández (1)|
|HRs: CHI – Frank Thomas (1), Lance Johnson (1)|
In the fourth game, the ChiSox sent Jason Bere to the hill against the Jays' Todd Stottlemyre. The South Siders took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to a home run by Johnson, but Toronto came back in the third with an RBI double from Alomar and a two-run single by Joe Carter, after which Pale Hose skipper Gene Lamont yanked Bere and replaced him with Tim Belcher. Chicago reclaimed its two-run advantage in the sixth when Frank Thomas tattooed a solo homer and Johnson tripled to center, scoring Burks and Bo Jackson. In the bottom of the inning, another RBI double from Alomar cut the lead to one, but the White Sox again restored their two-run lead in the seventh with a groundout from Joey Cora that scored Guillén and then extended it to three runs in the ninth with a single by Ventura. Roberto Hernández shut the door on the Jays in the bottom half of the inning, and the series was tied at two games apiece.
October 10, SkyDome
|W: Juan Guzmán (2-0) L: Jack McDowell (0-2)|
|HRs: CHI – Ellis Burks (1), Robin Ventura (1)|
Game 5 was a rematch of Game 1, with McDowell facing Guzmán. In the first, Henderson doubled to left and then tried to steal third, but McDowell's throwing error resulted in Henderson coming home for a 1-0 Toronto lead. The Jays tacked on single runs in the second, third, and fourth, but Burks broke the shutout in the Chicago fifth with a solo home run. In the seventh, Scott Radinsky and Hernández came in to stop the bleeding for the ChiSox, but they combined to give up another run. In the ninth, Ward entered to close out the game and Ventura greeted him with a two-run shot, but he maintained his composure and struck out Jackson to give Toronto a 3-2 ALCS lead.
October 12, Comiskey Park
|W: Dave Stewart (2-0) L: Alex Fernandez (0-2) SV: Duane Ward (2)|
|HRs: TOR – Devon White (1); CHI – Warren Newson (1)|
The series returned to the Windy City for Game 6, as Stewart again faced Fernandez. In the top of the second, Borders ripped a two-run single that gave the Jays the lead, but the Pale Hose tied it in the third with a bases-loaded walk by Thomas and a fielder's choice from Ventura. In the fourth, Toronto took the lead back when Molitor reached on an error by Ventura and came home on a fielder's choice by Borders. The game stayed that way until the ninth, when White homered and Molitor cracked a two-run triple to right, giving the Jays a 6-2 lead. ChiSox reserve outfielder Warren Newson tagged Ward for a solo homer in the ninth, but the Jays closer recovered and induced a flyout from Raines, sealing the game 6-3 and Toronto's second American League pennant in a row.
The series' first game sent two staff aces -- Curt Schilling for Philadelphia and Juan Guzman for Toronto—against one another. The result was less than a pitcher's duel, however, as both teams scored early and often.
The deciding plays came in the middle innings. With Toronto behind 4-3 in the 5th inning, Devon White hit a solo home run to tie the game. The next inning, John Olerud hit a solo home run of his own to put Toronto on top. Toronto added three insurance runs in the bottom of the 7th and held on to win 8-5. Al Leiter pitched 22⁄3 innings—in relief of a sporadic Juan Guzman, who walked four in just five innings—for his first World Series win. John Kruk had three hits for Philadelphia.
|W: Al Leiter (1-0) L: Curt Schilling (0-1) S: Duane Ward (1)|
|HR – TOR: Devon White (1), John Olerud (1)|
In the second game of the series, Dave Stewart was on the mound for Toronto and Terry Mulholland started for Philadelphia. Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead: in the third inning, Jim Eisenreich followed John Kruk and Dave Hollins RBI singles with a three-run home run to deep right-centre. Toronto got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning courtesy of a Joe Carter two-run home run to left (his second most important home run of the series by a wide margin), but the Jays were unable to mount a significant offensive push later in the game. Philadelphia held on to win 6-4. Terry Mulholland pitched 52⁄3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs, for the win.
|W: Terry Mulholland (1-0) L: Dave Stewart (0-1) S: Mitch Williams (1)|
|HR: PHI – Jim Eisenreich (1), Lenny Dykstra (1) TOR – Joe Carter (1)|
For Toronto, Pat Hentgen faced off against Philadelphia starter Danny Jackson in Game 3. Hentgen pitched a strong 6 innings, allowing just 1 run, and the Toronto offense took care of the rest. Toronto won 10-3.
Toronto manager Cito Gaston was faced with an unusual and difficult decision prior to game time. As the series switched the National League ballpark, Gaston was forced to sit one player from his regular line-up as the designated hitter (DH) would not be allowed to play. As regular DH Paul Molitor had been a hot hand in the line-up, Gaston elected to sit firstbaseman John Olerud and place Molitor at first base. The decision was potentially controversial as Olerud led the American League in batting during the year with a .363 average and Molitor was the less sure-handed fielder. Molitor, however, put these concerns to rest, going 3 for 4, hitting a home run in the 3rd inning, and driving in 3 runs.
|W: Pat Hentgen (1-0) L: Danny Jackson (0-1)|
|HR: TOR – Paul Molitor (1) PHI – Milt Thompson (1)|
In one of the more unusual plays in World Series history, Todd Stottlemyre, trying to go first to third on a Roberto Alomar single in the 2nd inning, did a bellyflop diving into third base, where he was called out. Todd's awkward dive resulted in an abrasion on his chin and appeared to shake him up in the next inning, during which he surrendered a Lenny Dykstra two-run home run. Stottlemyre was pulled after the second inning, having already given up six runs. (Tommy Greene fared little better, being pulled after giving up seven runs in 21⁄3 innings.)
Toronto fought back from a 14-9 deficit in the 8th inning, scoring six runs on run scoring hits from Paul Molitor, Tony Fernández, Rickey Henderson, and Devon White. Duane Ward pitched the final 11⁄3 innings, preserving the 15-14 victory. Three new World Series records included the longest game at four hours fourteen minutes (4:14), most runs by both clubs with twenty-nine (29), and runs scored by a losing team with fourteen (14).
|W: Tony Castillo (1-0) L: Mitch Williams (0-1) S: Duane Ward (2)|
|HR: PHI – Lenny Dykstra 2 (3), Darren Daulton (1)|
The offenses were due for an off-day, and it came in Game 5 courtesy of a Curt Schilling (Philadelphia) and Juan Guzman (Toronto) pitching duel. Schilling shut down the previously unstoppable Toronto offense, limiting the team to just five hits and no runs. Guzman pitched well in a losing effort, allowing only two runs and five hits in seven innings of work.
The two runs scored as a result of scrappy play from the Philadelphia offense. In the first inning, Lenny Dykstra walked, stole second, moved to third on a Pat Borders throwing error, and scored on a John Kruk ground out. In the second inning, Darren Daulton opened with a double, took third on a ground out, and scored on a Kevin Stocker single.
|W: Curt Schilling (1-1) L: Juan Guzman (1-1)|
The sixth game in the series was a rematch between Game 2 starters Terry Mulholland and Dave Stewart, who would have similar results. Toronto opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with a run-scoring Paul Molitor triple, Joe Carter sacrifice fly, and Roberto Alomar RBI single. Molitor added a solo home run in the 5th inning, bringing the score to 5-1 for Toronto.
In the 7th inning, Philadelphia fought back with five runs to take a 6-5 lead. Lenny Dykstra hit a three-run home run, Dave Hollins had an RBI single and Pete Incaviglia hit a sacrifice fly. The inning brought an end to Dave Stewart's night, leaving the game with 6 innings pitched and 4 runs given up.
Philadelphia closer Mitch Williams came on to the pitch the bottom of the 9th with Philadelphia clinging to a 6-5 lead. After beginning the inning by walking Rickey Henderson, Williams tried to counter Henderson's speed by pitching out of a slide-step style of pitching delivery. Prior to Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, Williams never used the slide-step delivery in his career. This may have cut back on the velocity of the hard throwing Williams. The walk to Henderson was followed by a Devon White fly out and a single by Paul Molitor. Joe Carter came up next and, on a two strike pitch, he hit an inside pitch just over the left field fence for a three-run walk off home run, giving the Blue Jays a come-from-behind 8-6 victory, and the World Series crown. This was only the second time a world series has ended with a home run and last time a run was scored in the World Series outside of the United States.
|W: Duane Ward (1-0) L: Mitch Williams (0-2)|
|HR: PHI – Lenny Dykstra (4) TOR – Paul Molitor (2), Joe Carter (2)|
Postseason Game Log
|1993 Playoff Game Log|
American League Championship Series vs. Chicago White Sox – Toronto wins series 4–2
World Series vs. (NL) Philadelphia Phillies – Toronto wins series 4–2
Awards and honors
- Roberto Alomar, 2B, Gold Glove Award
- Paul Molitor, DH, Babe Ruth Award
- Paul Molitor, DH, Player of the Month Award, May
- Paul Molitor, DH, Silver Slugger Award
- Paul Molitor, DH, World Series MVP
- John Olerud, 1B, AL Batting Champion, .363 Batting Average
- John Olerud, Hutch Award
- John Olerud, 1B, Player of the Month Award, April
- John Olerud, 1B, Player of the Month Award, June
- Dave Stewart, P, ALCS MVP
- Devon White, OF, Gold Glove Award
- John Olerud, 1B, Starter
- Roberto Alomar, 2B, Starter
- Joe Carter, OF, Starter
- Paul Molitor, DH, Starter
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- Paul Molitor Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
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- Kelly Gruber Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Dick Schofield Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
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- 1993 Toronto Blue Jays team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- 1993 WS page at Baseball Reference
- Blue Jay Way Interview