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Toronto Blue Jays Info
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Stadium: Rogers Centre
Conference: American League
Division: Eastern Division
Nicknames: The Jays
Rivals: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox
Notable Players: Dave Stieb, Roy Halladay, Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jose Bautista
Toronto Blue Jays World Series Titles: 2
Last World Series Appearance 1993
Toronto Blue Jays AL Championship Titles : 2
Last ALCS Appearance 1993
Website: Official Website
Toronto Blue Jays History:
Blue Jays are currently the only Major League Baseball team from outside the US. The club was originally founded in the year 1977 and was owned by the Labatt Brewing Company. Currently, Toronto Blue Jays are owned by Rogers Communications.
The initially the Blue Jays struggled a lot to win but later on they became a formidable team. Blue Jays won five division championships in nine seasons during the period of 1985 - 1993. During this period, they won two consecutive World Series Championships. This was possible due to the presence of award winning players such as Joe Carter, Devon White and John Olerud in the team.
Toronto Blue Jays is the only team located outside the US that won the World Series Championship. Apart from the successful run during the period of 1985 - 1993, they haven't met much success till date. The team hasn't been able to make it to the playoffs although they remain competitive in their division.
The 2012 season saw a record number of 31 pitchers being used by the Blue Jays, as most of the team were injured. In spite of these injuries, the team set a new record by playing the longest opening day game when they beat Indians by 7 - 4 in 16 innings.
For the 2013 season, the Blue Jays are optimistic about their performance as they hope to improve from their fourth place finish in 2012. In the off season, the team underwent a lot changes including a change in the team management. On November 20, 2012 Blue Jays announced that the team would be managed by their former manager John Gibbons for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. The team informed that all the six coaching positions were filled and the staff would work under the manager.
To give a boost to their winning chances, the Blue Jays traded massively with other teams to acquire better talent. The Blue Jays traded with the Cleveland Indians by acquiring RHP Esmil Rogers and lost Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles who were recent acquisitions. On November 14, the Jays and the Miami Marlins had a mega trade off. This resulted in the Jays acquiring Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, Josh Johnson, John Buck with $8 million dollars in cash.
On December 17, 2012 Blue Jays continued their trade off by R.A. Dickey ( 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner) from New York Mets. R.A. Dickey was signed for a total payment of $29 million over 3 years with an option of $12 million for the 4th year. The trade with New York Mets was completed when the Jays acquired both Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.
For the 2013 season, the Blue Jays are going to play a home game against the Cleveland Indians on April 2 with R.A. Dickey being the opening day starter. It is sure going be interesting to see how the season pans out for the Blue Jays.