After a successful 2014 campaign that was mostly offensively led, Blue Jays’ ticket holders will get to witness Toronto’s high powered bats at Rogers Centre first hand again this season. To improve for 2015, the Blue Jays made a few offseason moves in their favor. The acquisition of 3B Josh Donaldson to replace the often injured Brett Lawrie will bring some firepower to the top of the lineup. Russell Martin, arguably one of the best catchers in baseball inked a five-year deal and brings experience to the squad at the position. Melky Cabrera, Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind are all gone, but bringing in Donaldson
and Martin along with Michael Saunders and top prospect Dalton Pompey, should improve the Blue Jay’s batting average and on-base percentage. It’s not often that a team that is considered a contender enters the season with six rookies on their opening day roster but it looks like the Blue Jays will do just that. Manager John Gibbons thinks they are mentally tough and ready for the big leagues. The performances of Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris in the rotation will go a long way in determining if this team can head to the next level. With the AL East all looking to improve on a mediocre showing in 2014, this year’s Blue Jays should be right in the thick of it and have a chance to contend for a playoff spot in 2015. They will open the season against the Yankees on Monday April 6th in New York.
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.