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2007 Toronto Blue Jays
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2007 information
Owner(s) Rogers Communications
Manager(s) John Gibbons
Local television Rogers Sportsnet
TSN
CBC
Local radio 590 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays' 2007 season started off with the Blue Jays trying to improve on their 87 win 2006 season, hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

In the offseason, the Jays signed All Star outfielder Vernon Wells to one of the richest contracts in MLB history, giving him a seven-year contract worth $126 million.[1] Toronto also extended the contract of first baseman Lyle Overbay[2], and signed veteran designated hitter Frank Thomas. To offset the loss of starter Ted Lilly to the Chicago Cubs, Toronto signed Japanese pitcher Tomo Ohka and former Atlanta starter John Thomson to one-year contracts and inked former New York Mets hurler Victor Zambrano to a minor-league deal. All three men, however, were eventually designated for assignment and released. The Jays also picked up infielder Jason Smith from the Rule 5 draft, but he too was released from his contract.

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Regular season

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Summary

During the month of January, Toronto signed starting pitchers John Thomson and then Tomo Ohka to incentive-based one-year contracts in an effort to strengthen their 4th and 5th rotational slots. On January 30 Toronto also signed starting pitcher Victor Zambrano to a minor league contract, and invited him to Spring Training. All three were eventually released. When Brandon League, who was being considered for the main setup role, arrived to Spring Training with a strained lat muscle, Zambrano took the empty spot in the bullpen. Thomson injured himself in spring training, so the Blue Jays named Ohka and Towers as their fourth and fifth starters. After four mediocre starts, Josh Towers was sent to the bullpen and replaced by Dustin McGowan. Towers returned to the rotation later in the year replacing released pitcher Tomo Ohka. When Gustavo Chacin was injured, he was replaced in the rotation by Shaun Marcum, who had a breakout year.

The season was blighted by persistent injuries, with 12 Blue Jays landing on the DL. The most serious injury was that of B.J. Ryan, who was out for the entire season having had Tommy John Surgery. However, due to the emergence of young pitchers like Dustin McGowan, Casey Janssen and Jeremy Accardo, the Jays finished 4 games above .500.

One of the most memorable games this season for the Jays was on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 when they rallied from being down 11–6 in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to win 12–11 on an RBI walk-off base on balls by Aaron Hill, a victory that moved them to within 1 game under .500

Another memorable moment of this season was Dustin McGowan's complete game one-hitter on Sunday, June 24 against the Colorado Rockies at the Rogers Centre. McGowan carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning when outfielder Jeff Baker hit a single with no out to break it up. This was the first Jays' one-hitter since September 27, 1998, in which Roy Halladay threw against the Detroit Tigers. The Jays won 5–0 and moved themselves up to .500 for the first time since May 1 of the season. The game was also notable for Frank Thomas hitting the 499th home run of his career. The day after McGowan's gem, the Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 8–5 to climb over the .500 mark for the first time since April and get their first four-game winning streak of the season.

On June 28, Frank Thomas became the 21st Major Leaguer to hit 500 career home runs. The pitcher who surrendered the homer was Minnesota Twins' starter Carlos Silva. Despite jumping out to an early lead the Jays couldn't hold on and ended up losing 8–5. In addition, Thomas was ejected from the game in the ninth inning by home plate umpire Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes.

On July 6, Reed Johnson returned to the lineup after spending three months on the DL. Johnson had been suffering back problems early in the season and received surgery, which forced him onto the 60-Day DL. This situation left Adam Lind the odd-man out in the lineup and he was optioned down to Triple-A. In his first game back Johnson went 1–3 at the plate, and made a game-saving catch in the ninth which prevented two runs (only one run scored on a sac-fly) from scoring and a runner on second (possibly third) and a one run lead with only one out. The Jays won the game 8–6 against the Cleveland Indians.

On September 16, Aaron Hill broke the Blue Jays club record for most doubles by a second baseman in one season, set by Roberto Alomar in 1991 with 41 doubles that season. Hill recorded his 42nd double of the season against the Baltimore Orioles.

On September 17, Frank Thomas hit three home runs in a game for only the second time in his career, both times against the Boston Red Sox.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 96 66 .593
New York Yankees 94 68 .580 2
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 .512 13
Baltimore Orioles 69 93 .426 27
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 66 96 .407 30

Roster

2007 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

2007 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI R SB
Aaron Hill 160 608 177 .291 17 78 87 4
Lyle Overbay 122 425 102 .240 10 44 49 2
Alex Ríos 161 643 191 .297 24 85 114 17
Frank Thomas 155 531 147 .277 26 95 63 0
Vernon Wells 149 584 143 .245 16 80 85 10

As of September 30, 2007

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts; QS = Quality starts

Player GS IP W L ERA BB SO
A.J. Burnett 19 121.2 7 7 3.70 42 119
Gustavo Chacin 5 27.1 2 1 5.60 7 11
Roy Halladay 26 186 14 6 3.87 42 119
Jesse Litsch 14 79.1 5 6 3.40 26 33
Shaun Marcum* 20 119.2 10 3 3.32 31 84
Dustin McGowan 21 129.1 8 8 4.18 48 103
Tomo Ohka ^ 10 56.0 2 5 5.79 22 21
Ty Taubenheim 1 5.0 0 0 9.00 4 4
Josh Towers* 15 85.1 4 9 5.29 19 58
Victor Zambrano* 2 5.1 0 1 16.88 5 1
  • * - Statistics as a starter
  • ^ - with Toronto

As of August 29, 2007

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Loses; SV = Saves; H = Holds; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV H ERA BB SO
Jeremy Accardo 25 26.2 1 1 7 1 2.36 10 26
Jordan De Jong 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 9.00 2 4
Scott Downs 31 23.2 1 1 0 6 3.42 17 28
Jason Frasor 22 26.1 2 2 2 3 3.76 11 27
Casey Janssen 27 33.0 2 0 3 9 1.09 6 12
Shaun Marcum** 13 16.1 1 2 1 1 6.06 6 22
B.J. Ryan 5 4.1 0 2 3 0 12.46 4 3
Brian Tallet 16 25.0 2 1 0 0 1.80 12 20
Josh Towers** 6 13.2 1 0 0 0 5.93 1 12
Jamie Vermilyea 2 6.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 2
Brian Wolfe 4 3.1 0 0 0 0 5.40 1 1
Victor Zambrano** 6 5.1 0 1 0 0 5.06 6 4
  • ** - Statistics as a relief pitcher

As of June 10, 2007

Draft

This is a partial list. For the full draft, see here.

Players Selected

Round Pick Player Nationality School
1 16 (for Frank Catalanotto) Kevin Ahrens (SS)  United States Memorial High School
1 21 Jonathan Arencibia (C)  United States Tennessee
C-A 38 (for Justin Speier) Brett Cecil (LHP)  United States Maryland-College Park
C-A 45 (for Frank Catalanotto) Justin Jackson (SS)  United States T.C. Roberson High School
C-A 56 (for Ted Lilly) Trystan Magnunson (RHP)  Canada Louisville
2 85 John Tolisano (2B)  United States Estero High School
2 88 (for Justin Speier) Eric Eiland (CF)  United States Lamar High School
3 115 Alan Farina (RHP)  United States Clemson
4 145 Brad Mills (LHP)  United States Arizona
5 175 Marc Rzepczynski (LHP)  United States UC-Riverside

References

  • Game Logs:
1st Half: Toronto Blue Jays Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Toronto Blue Jays Game Log on ESPN.com
  1. ^ Jays sign Wells to $126 million, seven-year extension espn.com - accessed January 25, 2007
  2. ^ Overbay latest player to cash in with Jays, from espn.com Jan. 14, 2007
Preceded by
2006 Toronto Blue Jays season
2007 Toronto Blue Jays Season
2007
Succeeded by
2008 Toronto Blue Jays season

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