Toronto Blue Jays Tickets – Who are the Toronto Blue Jays? Present and past
The Toronto Blue Jays are one of our favorite franchises in all Canadian sports. Over 38 years, the Blue Jays have won 2 World Series Championships. Now under the management of John Gibbons the new and improved Blue Jays are back at it again making it back into the playoffs in 2015, and 2016, after almost 2 decades and 21 seasons out. In 2016 alone, the Blue Jays took fourth place for most runs in MLB history with 221 home runs! Veterans like Jose Bautista and Joe Bats putting in hit after hit, along with powerhouse Josh Donaldson hitting over 75 home runs in a season (2016), this year looks like it just might be the winning year for the 6 and another championship year to remember for the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the only professional Canadian baseball team that have lasted the test of time. The Blue Jays are based in Toronto, Ontario and play all their home games at the Rogers Center located southwest of the CN tower in busy downtown Toronto at 1 Blue Jays way.
What’s in a name?
The Blue Jays name was awarded to the team through a contest and chosen out of more than 4000 names and is named after the bird. The Blue Jays colours are red white and a mix of Royal Blue and Navy and is one of the MLB’s nicest uniforms if you ask us. The primarily blue uniform is consistent with Toronto’s other two major sports clubs, the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the only team in the Major League Baseball association that aren’t located in the United States and are also the only Canadian team to compete as a member club of the AL (American League) East division, which makes them a very unique franchise and brand. Since the Montreal Expos were moved out of Montreal to become the Washington Nationals, the Blue Jays are now considered “the” Canadian Baseball team and a favorite for the northern nation. They are affectionately referred to as the “Jays”.
Toronto Blue Jays – The birth of a franchise until today
Originally owned by the Labatt Brewing Company and founded in 1977. The Blue Jays have proved to be a lasting franchise and have moved through three different stadiums over 3 generations. The first being, the Exhibition Stadium until the Skydome was opened in 1989. In the year 2000 the franchise was purchased by the Rogers Communications company. It still took four years before the company purchased the famous Skydome and renamed it the Rogers Centre.
At the start of the franchise the Toronto Blue Jays faced the same struggle of any other expansion team often finishing last in the division. In fact, it took the Jays 6 years before their first winning season, which took place in 1983. They became the division champions in 1985 and for the next 8 years from 1985-1993 they were a veritable powerhouse in the American League East Division. They won five division championships and 2 world series championships in 9 seasons. Consecutively winning the division championship back to back between ‘91 and ‘93 and 2 back to back world series champions in ‘92 and ‘93.
As many great teams, the Toronto Blue Jays have had some rough times throughout their history. After they won their second World Series Championship in 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays team fell behind and couldn’t qualify in the playoffs at all for the following 21 seasons. That was until 2015. In 2015 the Toronto Blue Jays did make it to the playoffs and then the division series which they won! They later lost the division championship though to the dismay of thousands of fans. In 2016 they grabbed the AL wild card position and again they won the division series but failed to win the AL Championship series.
The Toronto Blue Jays finished in 4th place for the AL East division last year and we are hoping this year they The Blue Jays will make it back to the world series again, the whole of the 6 and Canada is rooting for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Montreal expos were poised to make it to the World Series in 1994 but the strike ruined those chances and the rest remains history as the team was moved to Washington soon after. The Toronto Blue Jays now have a monopoly on all Canadian Baseball fans and records.
Toronto Blue Jays - Interesting Facts
First game played was on April 7, 1977 against the Chicago White Sox. The Blue Jays won 9-5 in front of 46,649 fans in a truly Canadian scene as a small snowstorm had started at the beginning of the game.
The Toronto Blue Jays hold the record for the highest game attendance in a single season. The record was set in 1993 when a total of 4,057,947 fans attended Blue Jays games throughout the season
Back to Back World Series Champions in 1992 and 1994
Toronto Blue Jays are the first, and only Canadian team or any team outside the USA to even appear in the World Series. They won! Twice.
The Toronto Blue Jays were also the youngest Franchise expansion team to win the World Series at the youthful age of 16.
The Toronto Blue Jays have had 3 mascots throughout their history. The first was BJ Birdy who began in 1979. After 20 years he retired. In 2000 two new mascots were introduced. Ace and Diamond but after 3 years Diamond was retired and now Ace is the only and very much-loved mascot of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hall of famer Roberto Alomar played for the Jays and so did Joe Carter, Devon White, and John Olerud.
Roberto Alomar was the first Major League Baseball player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his time with the Blue Jays as second baseman. His number 12 jersey still hangs above the video board and is the first number to have ever been retired by the Toronto Blue Jays.
In 1991, the Toronto Blue Jays signed 40-year-old designated hitter Dave Winfiel. In game 6 of the 1992 World Series, he was given the nickname of Mr. Jay after he delivered the game-winning two-run double in the 11th inning against Atlanta’s Charlie Leibrandt which led the Jays to the World Series Championship for Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays got their name from a contest. The winning name was submitted by Dr. Mills who was from Etobicoke, Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves are the only two franchises in the MLB that are corporately owned.