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1992 Toronto Blue Jays
1992 AL East Champions
1992 AL Champions
1992 World Series Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1992 information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Manager(s) Cito Gaston
Local television CFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tommy Hutton, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Jim Hughson, Buck Martinez)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)

The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays season was a season in Major League Baseball. It involved the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 96 wins and 66 losses, closing the season with an attendance record of 4,028,318.[1]

In the American League Championship Series, the Blue Jays defeated the Oakland Athletics in six games. In the World Series, Toronto faced the Atlanta Braves, who had won their second straight National League pennant. However, the Blue Jays once again prevailed in six games, becoming the first non-U.S.-based team to win a World Series.

Contents

Offseason

  • October 28, 1991: Cory Snyder was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.[2]
  • December 12, 1991: Eric Plunk was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.[3]
  • December 18, 1991: The Blue Jays sign pitcher Jack Morris as a free agent.[4]
  • December 19, 1991: Dave Winfield was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.[5]
  • March 27, 1992: Eric Plunk was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.[3]

Regular season

Despite their post-season success, the Blue Jays had many ups and downs during the regular season. The Jays started off winning the first six games of the regular season and Roberto Alomar was named the AL Player of the Month for the month of April.

On August 25, they had lost six of their last seven games and were only two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the standings.[6] At this point, general manager Pat Gillick decided to acquire a fiery right-hander from the New York Mets named David Cone. The trade resulted in the Jays sending minor league prospect Ryan Thompson and utility infielder Jeff Kent to the Mets.[7] The deal sent the message that the Blue Jays were committed to winning. Cone would have 4 wins, 3 losses and a 2.55 ERA.[8]

The regular season also marked the end of the road for Dave Stieb, who made his last start for the Blue Jays on August 8 and only lasted three innings.[9] On September 23, Stieb announced that he was finished for the season. 1992 was Stieb's final season for the Jays before briefly coming out of retirement years later.

Four days later, on September 27, Jack Morris would make club history by becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games in a season. Morris would have to wait through a two hour rain delay at Yankee Stadium to get the win.[9]

Heading into the last weekend of the season, only the Milwaukee Brewers were still in contention. Led by manager Phil Garner, the Brewers had won 22 of 29 games since August 29.[1] The Brewers trailed the Blue Jays by 2 games, and the Jays were heading into a weekend series vs. the Detroit Tigers. On October 3, Juan Guzmán had a one-hitter through eight innings and Duane Ward picked up the save as the Jays won the game 3-1 and clinched the American League East Division title.[1]

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 .593 --
Milwaukee Brewers 92 70 .568 4
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 .549 7
Cleveland Indians 76 86 .469 20
New York Yankees 76 86 .469 20
Detroit Tigers 75 87 .463 21
Boston Red Sox 73 89 .451 23

Transactions

  • April 3, 1992: Shawn Hillegas was selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Cleveland Indians.[10]
  • June 1, 1992: Tim Crabtree was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 1992 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1992.[11]
  • July 9, 1992: Kelvim Escobar was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an amateur free agent.[12]
  • August 1, 1992: Terry McGriff was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays. [13]

Roster

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Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1992 Game Log
1992 Playoff Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

= Indicates team leader
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Pat Borders 138 480 116 .242 13 53
1B John Olerud 138 458 130 .284 16 66
2B Roberto Alomar 152 571 177 .310 8 76
3B Kelly Gruber 120 446 102 .229 11 43
SS Manuel Lee 128 396 104 .263 3 39
LF Candy Maldonado 137 489 133 .272 20 66
CF Devon White 153 641 159 .248 17 60
RF Joe Carter 158 622 164 .264 34 119
DH Dave Winfield 156 583 169 .290 26 108

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Cone 8 53 4 3 2.55 47
Juan Guzmán 28 180⅔ 16 5 2.64 165
Jimmy Key 33 216⅔ 13 13 3.53 117
Jack Morris 34 240⅔ 21 6 4.04 132
Todd Stottlemyre 28 174 12 11 4.50 98
Dave Stieb 21 96⅓ 4 6 5.04 45

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Timlin 26 43⅔ 0 2 4.12 35
Mark Eichhorn 23 31 2 0 4.35 19
David Weathers 2 3⅓ 0 0 8.10 3
Doug Linton 8 24 1 3 8.63 16
Al Leiter 1 1 0 0 9.00 0
Ricky Trlicek 2 1⅔ 0 0 10.80 1

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Duane Ward 79 7 4 12 1.95 103
Tom Henke 57 3 2 34 2.26 46
Bob MacDonald 27 1 0 0 4.37 26
Pat Hentgen 28 5 2 0 5.36 39
David Wells 41 7 9 2 5.40 62

American League Championship Series

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the series with a three man pitching rotation of Jack Morris, David Cone, and Juan Guzmán.[14]

Game 1

October 7, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 1
Toronto 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 9 0
W: Jeff Russell (1-0)   L: Jack Morris (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: OAKMark McGwire (1) Terry Steinbach (1) Harold Baines (1)   TORPat Borders (1) Dave Winfield (1)

Game 2

October 8, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 X 3 4 0
W: David Cone (1-0)   L: Mike Moore (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (1)
HR: TORKelly Gruber (1)

Game 3

October 10, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 7 9 1
Oakland 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 5 13 3
W: Juan Guzmán (1-0)   L: Ron Darling (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (2)
HR: TORRoberto Alomar (1) Candy Maldonado (1)

Game 4

October 11, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

The defining moment of the Series came in the ninth inning of Game 4, when Toronto second baseman Roberto Alomar hit a game-tying 2-run home run off Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley. The Blue Jays would eventually win the game 7-6 in 11 innings and take a 3-1 series lead.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 7 17 4
Oakland 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 2
W: Duane Ward (1-0)   L: Kelly Downs (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (3)
HR: TORJohn Olerud (1) Roberto Alomar (2)

Game 5

October 12, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 3
Oakland 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 X 6 8 0
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: David Cone (1-1)
HR: OAKRubén Sierra (1)   TORDave Winfield (2)

Game 6

October 14, Skydome

With their victory in game 6, the 1992 Blue Jays became the first non-American based team to go to the World Series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 7 1
Toronto 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 2 X 9 13 0
W: Juan Guzmán (2-0)   L: Mike Moore (0-2)
HR: TORJoe Carter (1) Candy Maldonado (2)

World series

Game 1

October 17, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 3 4 0
W: Tom Glavine (1-0)   L: Jack Morris (0-1)  
HR: TORJoe Carter (1)  ATLDamon Berryhill (1)

Game 2

October 18, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 5 9 2
Atlanta 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 5 1
W: Duane Ward (1-0)   L: Jeff Reardon (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (1)
HR: TOREd Sprague (1)

Game 3

October 20, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 9 0
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 6 1
W: Duane Ward (2-0)   L: Steve Avery (0-1)  
HR: TORJoe Carter (2), Kelly Gruber (1)

Game 4

October 21, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
W: Jimmy Key (1-0)   L: Tom Glavine (1-1)  S: Tom Henke (2)
HR: TORPat Borders (1)

Game 5

October 22, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 13 0
Toronto 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
W: John Smoltz (1-0)   L: Jack Morris (0-2)  S: Mike Stanton (1)
HR: ATLDavid Justice (1), Lonnie Smith (1)

Game 6

October 24, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 14 1
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 1
W: Jimmy Key (2-0)   L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1)  S: Mike Timlin (1)
HR: TORCandy Maldonado (1)

Award winners

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Nick Leyva
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League Garth Iorg
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Dennis Holmberg
A Myrtle Beach Hurricanes South Atlantic League Doug Ault
Short-Season A St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League J. J. Cannon
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Omar Malave
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Jim Nettles

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Myrtle Beach[16][17]

References

  1. ^ a b c Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.288, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/snydeco02.shtml
  3. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/plunker01.shtml
  4. ^ Jack Morris Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/winfida01.shtml
  6. ^ Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, pp.284-285, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  7. ^ Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.285, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  8. ^ Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.286, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  9. ^ a b Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.287, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  10. ^ Shawn Hillegas Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/crabtti01.shtml
  12. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/escobke01.shtml
  13. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcgrite01.shtml
  14. ^ Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.289, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  15. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  16. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/affiliate.cgi?id=TOR&year=1992
  17. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
Preceded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1991
AL East Championship Season
1992
Succeeded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1993
Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
1991
American League Championship
1992
Succeeded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1993
Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
1991
World Series Champions
Toronto Blue Jays

1992
Succeeded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1993
Preceded by
1991 Toronto Blue Jays season
1992 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1992
Succeeded by
1993 Toronto Blue Jays season

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