Early 1990s Toronto Blue Jays

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After losing in the ALCS in 1991 to the Minnesota Twins 4-1, the Toronto Blue Jays went on to win back to back World Series. In 1992, the Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves in six games, and in 1993 Toronto beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games with a Joe Carter walk-off home run.

1992 Blue Jays

In 1992 the Blue Jays won 96 games, won the Eastern Division, and was tied for the best record in Americal League. Toronto was 28-20 in one-run games, which help lead them to their success.

The Blue Jays were led by homegrown talent, Jimmy Key, Juan Guzman, and John Olerud were all drafted by Toronto. Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter were acquired by trade from the San Deigo Padres. In free agency, they were able to sign Dave Winfield, Devon White, Candy Maldonado, and Jack Morris.

Winfield joined the team as the DH and batted .290 with 26 home runs and 108 RBIs, Alomar was also a solid player batting .310 and played a great second base. Carter led the team in home runs (34) and RBIs (119). Morris led the pitching staff with 21 wins, and Guzman won 16 games with a 2.64 ERA. Also, the Blue Jays acquired pitcher David Cone in a mid-season trade to bolster their pitching staff.

In the 1992 season, the Blue Jays ranked second in the American League in runs scored, and they score just many runs on the road as they did at home. Toronto’s pitching staff had 3.91 ERA, which was good for ninth in the American League, but with that offense, the pitchers had some leeway. Relievers Duane Wade and Tom Henke were remarkable at the back end of the bullpen.

1993 Blue Jays

The 1993 Blue Jays won 95 games and were 23-22 im one-run games. Coming into the 1993 season, Dave Winfield, Kelly Gruber, Manuel Lee, and Kelly Gruber all were gone from the team. Ed Sprague and Tony Fernandez replaced Lee And Gruber at their respective positions. Also, the Blue Jays signed Paul Molitor, and he had a fantastic season batting. 332 and hitting 22 home runs. John Olerud had a monster season as well batting. 364 with 24 home runs and 107 RBIs. Carter led the team in home runs (33) and RBIs (121) as he did the year before. Alomar stepped his game up in the 1993 season by hitting 17 home runs and batting 326 with 55 stolen bases.

In the middle of the season, the Blue Jays acquired Rickey Henderson to bat leadoff. The pitching staff had Guzman, Pat Hentgen, and they signed Dave Stewart before the 93 season. Hentgen led the Blue hays with 19 wins, and Guzman won 14. With Henke gone, Ward led the back end of the bullpen with 45 saves.

Once again, the Blue jays offense was great, they had a team batting average of .279, which was first in the American League, and they were second in the league in hits. The pitching staff struggled with a 4.21 ERA. But with the offense hitting the way it was, the pitchers could stand to give up a few extra runs.

The early 90s Blue Jays had some outstanding teams; they almost made three straight World Series appearances, but the loss in the ALCS in 1991 ruined that. Growing up a baseball fan i always great pitching and timely hitting wins you baseball games. The Blue Jays were the other way around, great hitting and timely pitching, but it worked.

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2 thoughts on “Early 1990s Toronto Blue Jays

  1. I was at most of their games & the rest on TV. Those were the days! It was so exciting to be at the Skydome when they won both World Series years. So exciting. I hope I live to see them do it again at least one more World Series (I’m a senior).

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