Toronto Blue Jays
Canada's second Major League Baseball franchise, behind the former Montreal Expos, joined the league during the expansion of 1977. The team took some time to get competitive, but became a perennial contender in the late 1980s and early 1990s. That success culminated with back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, marking the first time baseball's top honor had been won by a team north of the border.
The Jays, as they're often called, played at the outdoor Exhibition Stadium from their inception in 1977 into the 1989 season. That park, which was shared with the Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, was known for its frigid temperatures, especially during home games in April. The team moved into SkyDome in 1989, which offered shelter from the elements thanks to the first retractable roof in North American professional sports. The stadium, now known as Rogers Centre, can accommodate 49,282 fans. It's still used by the Argonauts and the NFL's Buffalo Bills call the stadium home during their Toronto "home" game each season. Read more »
World Series Championships
The Jays can trace their World Series successes in 1992 and 1993 to a blockbuster trade that sent Toronto stars Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. The two new Jays quickly became fan favorites and alongside Devon White, John Olerud and others, the club became baseball's best. The team has made the postseason five times, but hasn't been able to see any success since its 1993 title.
Toronto Blue Jays Roster
Former Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar made news headlines across Canada in 2011 when he entered the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing the Jays cap. In doing so, he became the first member of Cooperstown inducted as Jay. Longtime executive Pat Gillick earned a spot in the hall the same year, thanks in part to his role in sculpting the team's consecutive World Series titles. Other hall of famers to suit up for Toronto have included Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield, who were all instrumental in Toronto's early-'90s success. More recently, stars for the Jays have included Roy Halladay, Carlos Delgado, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
The Blue Jays Spring Training facility is Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, FL. The park opened in 1990 and has been the Grapefruit League home of the Jays ever since. The park is one of the smallest among Spring Training facilities, seating just 5,521, but has a strong reputation. Sports Illustrated once named the park among its best places to catch Spring Training action. The Blue Jays Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays, Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians and rookie league Bluefield Blue Jays, Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and Dominican Summer League Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays
1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1J1
Official team site
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