After a 22 year non-playoff streak, the Toronto Blue Jays won the AL East in 2015 and are looking like they could potentially defend that title again this season. They did however, lose their general manager Alex Anthopoulos who departed unexpectedly using an ill fit with the president and CEO as his reason for leaving. The 2016 Blue Jays rotation will be without ace David Price who fled for the Red Sox in free agency. Marcus Stroman, who tore his ACL during a freak spring training accident should prove why this club believes he’s an ace this season. Marco Estrada is coming off a career best 181 inning, 3.13 ERA season while R.A. Dickey is as consistent on the mound as they come. Toronto’s bullpen should be strong with newbie Drew Storen, Robert Osuna
and lefty Brett Cecil. The bullpen does get a bit thin after that as two of the Blue Jays bridge arms, Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins left via free agency and retirement, respectively. The trade for former Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last season bolstered the infield defense and along with Ryan Goins at second base, should steal hits all season long from opposing bats. The bulk of offensive production this season will most likely come from the Blue Jays’ corners. Josh Donaldson racked up 41 homers and 123 RBIs all while playing solid defense and the combo of Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak at first should provide a well-rounded team at that position. Right fielder Jose Bautista is the cornerstone of a superb group of outfielders including Kevin Pillar, who filled in for an injured Michael Saunders at center and emerged as one of the AL’s best. Catcher Russell Martin should b
Despite a few concerns on the mound, the 2016 version of the Blue Jays should be in the mix for the AL East title again. Fans waited long enough for post season baseball, so be sure to purchase Toronto Blue Jays tickets this summer and head out to watch this exciting team in action.
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After the MLB had moved as many teams out west as they possibly could, the league needed to find a new direction in which to expand. That direction would be north and the Toronto Blue Jays would be one of two Canadian clubs to join the league.
Predictably and understandably the Jays struggled quite mightily in these first few seasons, but eventually the roster had ample talent and the franchise became a power in the AL East. The core of those clubs in the late 1980s included SP Dave Stieb, OF Jesse Barfield, OF George Bell, and SS Tony Fernandez.
Toronto consistently flirted with 90 wins and managed to win a couple division titles to close out the decade. Yet, the most memorable Blue Jays teams were those in the early 1990s. The teams that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 will go down as two of the best in the history of baseball.
Not only had the front office added 2B Roberto Alomar, RF Joe Carter and CF Devon White to the playing field, but John Olerud came up to play first base, Par Borders was a solid veteran addition behind the plate, and Dave Winfield fit quite nicely at DH. The starting rotation still had Dave Stieb, but now he had Jimmy Key, Jack Morris, David Cone, and David Wells to fill out the rotation. This is as fine a collection of talent as there has ever been in the MLB. Really it is a wonder the club did not win more than two World Series. In the years since, the Blue Jays have avoided bottoming out while playing in the ultra-competitive AL East and have again been forgotten by most of the MLB fan base.