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The Toronto Blue Jays
Founded - 1977
Stadium - Rogers Centre (Skydome) since 1989 (Toronto, Ontario)
Best Team Record - 99-63 (.615) 1985; 1st Place AL East
Worst Team Record - 53-109 (.327) 1979; 7th Place AL East
World Series Winners - 1992 4-2 vs. Braves; 1993 4-2 vs. Phillies
Division Winners - 1985 1989 1991 1992 1993
Wild Card Winners - none

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World Series Champions - 1992, 1993

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9/30/10: Solo Molina - Something unprecedented is happening with a home run hitter in Toronto. Sure, Jose Bautista is the first player ever to increase his home run total from the previous season by more than 40, having gone from 13 last season to 54 this year. But something equally odd is going on with backup catcher Jose Molina.

After hitting a solo home run on Friday, Molina has six homers for the year in 179 plate appearance. That may seem pretty reasonable, but get this: he's only driven in a dozen runs. To drive in 12 runs in 179 plate appearances is pretty terrible, but to do so despite hitting six homers is nearly unprecedented. Only eight players in the history of Major League Baseball have hit six homers while driving in fewer than 12 runs, and one was Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano in 2006. Of the ten players to have driven in exactly 12 runs while hitting six homers, only two have done so in more than 179 plate appearances. If Molina logs two more plate appearances this season without driving in a run, only one player would be "ahead" of him. 14 more PA, and he would have the most plate appearances ever for a player to hit as many as six homers but drive in as few as 12 runs in a season (passing Jerry Kindall of the 1957 Cubs). Five players have hit seven homers and driven in 12 runs (including Pittsburgh's Matt Clement this year), but each had fewer than 179 plate appearances.

It gets even weirder. Molina began the season with four RBI before hitting his first home run. So in his last 130 plate appearances, Jose Molina has hit six homers and driven in just eight runs. Luis Medina had six homers and eight RBI for the Indians in 1988, but that was in just 16 games. Molina has appeared in 56 games this year.

In case you were wondering, only five of Molina's homers this year were solo shots; he did hit a two-run homer. The crazy thing is that this ratio is not far outside of his career norm. 18 of his 26 career home runs have come with no one on base, a whopping 69%. That, my friends, is what you call not terribly clutch. --KG

Franchise History

Baseball In Canada - The Toronto Blue Jays joined the American League in 1977. The Blue Jays have fared better than both their expansion-mates, the Seattle Mariners, and the only other Major League Baseball team to be based on foreign soil, the former Montreal Expos. The Blue Jays have won the World Series twice and have won five division titles.

Best Trade in Team History - In 1990 the Blue Jays traded Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar. Carter and Alomar would become central figures in the Blue Jays World Championship teams in 1992 and 1993, the latter of which was won on Joe Carter's walkoff homerun.

Worst Trade in Team History - After the 1999 season, the Blue Jays sent Shawn Green to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Jorge Nunez for Pedro Borbon and Raul Mondesi. Shawn Green would follow the trade with three excellent seasons, while Borbon and Mondesi did little for the Blue Jays. Links for the
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Blue Jays Archive

All Time Team
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player
Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Underrated Player
Best Player Name
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Designated Hitter
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Cito Gaston
Carlos Delgado
Dave Stieb
Alfredo Griffin
Dave Lemanczyk
Joe Carter
Jimmy Key
Rance Mulliniks
Ernie Whitt
Carlos Delgado
Roberto Alomar
Kelly Gruber
Tony Fernandez
Fred McGriff
George Bell
Lloyd Moseby
Jessie Barfield
Vernon Wells
Jimmy Key
Dave Stieb
Roy Halladay
Pat Hentgen
David Wells
Tom Henke
Mark Eichorn
All Time Leaders
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Bases on Balls
1450 - Tony Fernandez
5335 - Tony Fernandez
889 - Carlos Delgado
1583 - Tony Fernandez
343 - Carlos Delgado
72 - Tony Fernandez
336 - Carlos Delgado
1058 - Carlos Delgado
255 - Lloyd Moseby
2786 - Carlos Delgado
.307 - Roberto Alomar
452 - Duane Ward
2873.0 - Dave Stieb
175 - Dave Stieb
140 - Jim Clancy
1658 - Dave Stieb
1020 - Dave Stieb
2.48 - Tom Henke
30 - Dave Stieb
217 - Tom Henke
Single Season Leaders

687 - Tony Fernandez, 1986
134 - Shawn Green, 1999
215 - Vernon Wells, 2003
57 - Carlos Delgado, 2000
17 - Tony Fernandez, 1990
47 - George Bell, 1987
145 - Carlos Delgado, 2003
60 - Dave Collins, 1984
378 - Carlos Delgado, 2000
.363 - John Olerud, 1993
.470 - Carlos Delgado, 2000
.664 - Carlos Delgado, 2000
1.134 - Carlos Delgado, 2000
89 - Mark Eichorn, 1987
288.1 - Dave Stieb, 1982
22 - Roy Halladay, 2003
18 - Jerry Garvin, 1977
18 - Phil Huffman, 1979
292 - Roger Clemens, 1997
128 - Jim Clancy, 1980
2.05 - Roger Clemens, 1997
5 - Dave Stieb, 1982
45 - Duane Ward, 1993
Hall of Fame
Roberto Alomar

*Baseball Evolution Hall of Famer
Bold players are in both Halls
Award Winners
MVP Winners
George Bell - 1987

Cy Young Winners
Pat Hentgen - 1996
Roger Clemens - 1997
Roger Clemens - 1998
Roy Halladay - 2004

Rookies of the Year
Alfredo Griffen - 1979
Eric Hinske - 2002

Firemen of the Year

Kingman Award
Joe Carter - 1995
Joe Carter - 1997 (tie)
Ed Sprague - 1998
Jose Cruz, Jr. - 2000

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters

Triple Crown Pitchers
Roger Clemens - 1997
Roger Clemens - 1998

3-4-5 Club

100-Plus Club
Carlos Delgado (42/145) 2003

500 Outs Club
Alfredo Griffin - 1980
Tony Fernandez - 1986
Joe Carter - 1989
Joe Carter - 1990
Aaron Hill - 2009

50 Home Run Club

30-30 Club Members
Shawn Green - 1998
Jose Canseco - 1998
Jose Cruz, Jr. - 2001

Sub-2.00 ERA