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2006 Toronto Blue Jays
Major league affiliations
2006 information
Owner(s) Rogers Communications
Manager(s) John Gibbons
Local television The Sports Network
(Rod Black, Pat Tabler)
Rogers Sportsnet
(Jamie Campbell, Pat Tabler, Rance Mulliniks, Darrin Fletcher)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Mike Wilner, Warren Sawkiw)

The 2006 Toronto Blue Jays season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Blue Jays finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses. For the second straight season, Blue Jays hitters combined for less than 1,000 strikeouts. It was the first time since 1992 and 1993 that the Blue Jays had combined for less than 1,000 strikeouts in consecutive 162-game seasons.



Regular season



On January 3, J.P. Ricciardi signed free-agent catcher Jason Phillips to a minor league contract. Phillips, who hit .238 the previous season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, also had an invitation to spring training, was supposed to have competed with Guillermo Quiroz for the role of the Blue Jays' backup catcher. Quiroz was later claimed on waivers by the Seattle Mariners, and Phillips started the season with the team after Gregg Zaun was put on the disabled list.

The trades for Troy Glaus and Lyle Overbay in the off-season created a glut of corner infielders for the Jays, as the team now had five players (Glaus, Overbay, Eric Hinske, Corey Koskie, and Shea Hillenbrand) who could play third base, first base, or designated hitter. The Jays relieved some of this pressure on January 6, by trading Koskie to the Milwaukee Brewers in the second deal between the two clubs in less than a month. The Blue Jays received minor league pitcher Brian Wolfe in return for Koskie. The Blue Jays also moved first baseman (and former third baseman) Eric Hinske to right field as a result.

On February 6, Toronto signed former Angels catcher Bengie Molina to a one year contract worth with an option for a second. Three days later, Toronto wrapped up its off season moves by re-signing Shea Hillenbrand and Pete Walker, each to a one year deal.

On July 2, Troy Glaus, Vernon Wells, Roy Halladay, B.J. Ryan, and Alex Rios were picked to represent the Blue Jays at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[3] However, Rios would not compete in the game due to a serious staph infection that occurred around June 28, possibly as the result of a foul ball off Rios' leg during a game on June 27.[4] Manager John Gibbons was also picked as an assistant coach for the AL team. The five Blue Jay players selected to the AL All-Star team was the most to appear in an All-Star Game since 1993. The only AL team with more All-Stars than the Jays was the World Series champion the Chicago White Sox, with six.[5]

On July 7, Troy Glaus was picked to compete in the 2006 Home Run Derby, though during the Derby, he hit only one home run and was eliminated after the first round.

On July 19, infielder Shea Hillenbrand was designated for assignment after an altercation with the team management. Shortly after Hillenbrand, along with reliever Vinnie Chulk, was traded to the San Francisco Giants for reliever Jeremy Accardo.

On August 3, rookie second baseman Ryan Roberts started his first game in the MLB, and had his first hit, which was a home run. He is one of few Blue Jays rookies to have his first hit a home run in his first start.

On August 12, the Blue Jays got the Minnesota Twins to hit into 6 double plays, tying a Blue Jays record set on April 16, 1996. (Blue Jays vs. Detroit).

On August 16, the Blue Jays traded reliever Scott Schoeneweis to the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations or a player to be named later (later announced to be INF Trevor Lawhorn).

On August 17, the Blue Jays traded first and third baseman and outfielder Eric Hinske and cash considerations to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later.

During a game against the Oakland Athletics on August 21, 2006, while on the verge of blowing an 8-run lead, John Gibbons walked to the mound to remove starter Ted Lilly. An argument ensued on the mound, in front of the audience at the Rogers Centre. Lilly eventually did leave the game and then headed into the clubhouse. Gibbons subsequently followed him into the hallway, where it appeared to eyewitnesses that he and Lilly got into a fight. Numerous team members and support personnel rushed into the tunnel to break them up. After the game, both the pitcher and manager denied any altercation and said the problem had been resolved.[6]

Despite their on-field and off-field problems, the Blue Jays managed to play well in the critical month of September, going 18–10. This, combined with the slumping of the Boston Red Sox, enabled Toronto to snare sole possession of second place in the American League East by the end of the season. This marked the first time that the Jays had finished above third place in their division since their World Championship season of 1993, and with the most wins since the 1998 season.

On November 17, the Blue Jays announced that they had signed designated hitter Frank Thomas to a two-year contract worth $18 million, with an option for 2009.

On November 28, the Blue Jays announced that they had re-signed catcher Gregg Zaun to a two-year contract with an option for 2009.

On December 18, the Blue Jays announced that they had re-signed centre fielder Vernon Wells to a seven-year contract worth $126 million, to come into effect after the 2007 season. It is currently the largest contract in club history.

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 97 65 .599
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 10 .537
Boston Red Sox 86 76 11 .531
Baltimore Orioles 70 92 27 .432
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 61 101 36 .377


2006 Toronto Blue Jays
Pitchers Catchers





Game log

2006 Game Log

Player stats


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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Award winners

All-Star Game

  • Troy Glaus, Third Base
  • Roy Halladay, Pitcher
  • Alex Rios, Outfield
  • B.J. Ryan, Pitcher
  • Vernon Wells, Outfield[7]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs International League Mike Basso
AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League Doug Davis
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Omar Malave
A Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League Ken Joyce
Short-Season A Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League Dennis Holmberg
Rookie Pulaski Blue Jays Appalachian League Dave Pano



  1. ^ Lyle Overbay Statistics -
  2. ^ Orlando Hudson Statistics -
  3. ^ Bastian, Jordan (2006-07-02). "Five Jays named to AL All-Star squad". Retrieved 2007-06-18.  
  4. ^ Bastian, Jordan (2006-07-07). "Notes: Rios released from hospital". Retrieved 2007-06-18.  
  5. ^ Maloney, Jim (2006-07-07). "Cabrera, Tejada join Derby pool". Retrieved 2007-06-18.  
  6. ^ Bastian, Jordan (2006-08-22). "Jays lose tight game after altercation". Retrieved 2007-06-18.  
  7. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | History
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
Preceded by
2005 Toronto Blue Jays season
2006 Toronto Blue Jays Season
Succeeded by
2007 Toronto Blue Jays season


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