The Toronto Blue Jays hail from the nation of Canada within the province of Ontario. This Canadian-based franchise is a part of Major League Baseball. The Blue Jays were an expansion team that was included in the league in 1977. They are a part of the American League’s Eastern Division.
The name Blue Jays are derived from the bird the blue jay that is common in that part of the nation. The Blue Jays colors are royal blue, navy blue, red and white. Their color scheme is a reflection of the other Toronto franchise sports teams that are a part of the city.
The Blue Jays played their first major league game in 1977 against the Chicago White Sox. They defeated the White Sox in their first game ever with a score of 9 – 5. Many people believed this was a good sign but the Blue Jays ended up finishing 54 – 107. Their year handed ended this team badly would struggle for many years until they were recognized as a significant competitive franchise between 1985 and 1993.
Starting in the mid-80s until the early 90s the Blue Jays consistently won the first place in the Eastern division. They earned a total of 5 division first place ratings within five seasons. In the early 90s, this club dominated the world of baseball.
World Series Champions
From 1991 – 1993 the Blue Jays not only won the first place in their division they also won two world series titles in 1992 and 1993. Once 1994 rolled around the franchise would not have another winning season until 2015. It was a long slump for this team, but in 2015 they were back at it again trying to recapture those glory days of the late 80s and 90s.
In 2016 the Blue Jays were up against the Cleveland Indians to get to the World Series. However, they lost to this club. Still, the Blue Jays were back and looked good as ever. As of this writing, the 2017 season has not started. However, the Blue Jays are gearing up for another great season.
Over the years, the Blue Jays have built up an impressive roster of players. Back in the late 80s and the early 90s they had powerhouse players such as Roberto Alomar who is a Hall of Famer and Joe Carter. They also had John Olerud at the time and Devon White.
José Bautista was on the team in 2011, and talented players such as Ross Atkins and Josh Donaldson are a part of the 2017 lineup. Other notable figures include Kendrys Morales, Steve Pearce, and Edwin Encarnación formally of the Cincinnati Reds. All of these players have helped to position the Blue Jays into a great place to win the series.
Present Day Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are the only baseball team out of the U.S. to win the World Series title. They are also the only Canadian baseball team as well. Many people like this organization because they are highly competitive and they are a very exciting team to watch.
The Blue Jays are expected to perform well during the 2017 season and should give competitors within the American League a lot of problems all season long. The Blue Jays are truly one of the best baseball teams in the MLB today.