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BLUE JAYS TIMELINE
1976-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-Present
Timeline 1990-1999
 
The Jays became the first team to capture back-to-back World Series titles since the 1977-78 Yankees, when they downed Atlanta and Philadelphia in '92 and '93.
1990  - In 1990, The Blue Jays were unable to combine pitching, hitting and defence to produce a prolonged winning streak. The club held or shared the lead throughout the final month of the schedule and stayed in the chase until key losses to Boston and Baltimore in the final week ended the team's pennant hopes.

The 1990 season did see several rookie ball players make their marks with the club. First baseman John Olerud had 14 HRs and 48 RBIs while Glenallen Hill added 12 HRs in 84 games. Pat Borders was behind the plate when Dave Stieb pitched the first no hitter in franchise history against Cleveland on September 2. Stieb also pitched the 100th complete game of his career in 1990, shutting out Oakland 1-0 on May 28.

April 10, the Blue Jays begin their first full season at SkyDome... June 29, Dave Stewart of Oakland pitches the first No-Hitter in Toronto and at the SkyDome... August 14, George Bell ties a Major League record with 3 Sacrifice Flies in a game vs the White Sox... August 18, Mr. R. Howard Webster, the Blue Jays' Honorary Chairman passes away at age 80... September 2, Dave Stieb pitches the club's first No-Hitter vs. the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland-final score: Toronto 3, Cleveland 0... September 19, with a crowd of 49,902, the Blue Jays set a Major League season attendance record, breaking the old record set by the L.A. Dodgers in 1982. Thee new record stands at 3,885,284... October 3, Blue Jays set a team record along with the Oakland Athletics for club fielding with a .986 average ... December 5, the Blue Jays make a blockbuster trade with San Diego, trading Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter... December 14, Mr. N.E. Hardy steps down as the Blue Jays' Chairman of the Board and CEO and is appointed Honorary Chairman as Mr. William R. Ferguson is named Chairman of the Board and Mr. P.N.T. Widdrington is appointed Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

1991  - The Jays acquired Devon White, Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar for 1991.

Heros for the Jays included Juan Guzman, who set a team record with 10 consecutive victories, and Joe Carter who drove in 108 runs.

Roberto Alomar led all regulars with a .295 batting average. Tom Henke had 32 saves while Duane Ward had 23.

Despite losing to the Twins in the ALCS, the season was a successful one for the organization as the jays became the first team in baseball history to draw 4,000,000 fans.

April 8, Toronto opens the season with a 6-2 loss to the defending AL East Champion Boston Red Sox... May 1, Blue Jays extend radio contract with CJCL through 1994 and in Texas, Nolan Ryan tosses his seventh career No-Hitter (first vs. Blue Jays)... It was the third No-Hitter vs. the Blue Jays... July 1, Joe Carter named American League Player of the Month for June (.352, 11 HR, 29 RBI)... July 9, 52,382 fans watch the 62nd All-Star Game in Toronto as the American League defeated the National League 4-2. Toronto pitcher Jimmy Key was credited with the win in the game... August 13, Tom Henke's streak of consecutive saves comes to an end with a Paul Molitor home run in the ninth. Henke still sets a Major League mark for consecutive saves with 25... October 1, Juan Guzman sets a club record for consecutive wins by a Blue Jays starter with his 10th vs. California... October 2, Toronto clinches the AL East with a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Angels at the SkyDome in the final game of the regular season... Toronto also surpasses 4-million mark in attendance, becoming the first club ever to break 4-million (4,001,526)... October 31, John Labatt Limited purchases portion of club owned by Imperial Trust and thus obtained a 90% ownership of the club (10% Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)... December 13, Mr. Peter N.T. Widdrington is appointed Chairman of the Board for the Blue Jays and Mr. Paul Beeston is appointed Chief Executive Officer... December 18, Toronto signs pitcher Jack Morris to the richest contract in Blue Jays history... December 19, outfielder Dave Winfield agrees to a one-year deal with Toronto.

1992  - The 1992 Jays were a well-balanced team supplemented by the addition of Dave Winfield, Jack Morris, Alfredo Griffin and David Cone. After clinching their second consecutive A.L. East title, the Jays cruised past the Oakland A's in six games to reach the World Series for the first time.

Toronto's opponents in baseball's first international World Series were the Atlanta Braves. After an opening game loss, the Jays won three consecutive games, two of which were the result of dramatic ninth-inning come-backs. Atlanta bounced back for a win in game five, but the Jays made baseball history in game six, winning the Series with a 4-3 victory in 11 innings. The key hit was Dave Winfield's two-out double down the left field line. Two days later, Winfield unveiled the banner the city and team had been waiting 16 years to see: Toronto Blue Jays, 1992 World Series Champs.

April 6, the Blue Jays open the season in Detroit with newly acquired pitcher, Jack Morris setting a Major League record with his 13th consecutive opening day start. He tosses a complete game as Toronto wins 4-2... April 13, Toronto's six game win streak to start the season comes to an end as the Yankees down the Blue Jays 5-2... May 1, Roberto Alomar named AL Player of the Month for April (.382, 34H, 19R, 3HR, 8SB)... September 24, Dave Winfield sets a Blue Jays record for homers by a DH with his 23rd and becomes the oldest man in ML history to register 100 or more RBI in a season... October 3, Juan Guzman gets the win as the Blue Jays clinch their fourth AL East Title... October 4, with a crowd of 50,421 the Blue Jays surpass the 4-million mark in home attendance for the second straight season and set a new ML attendance record with 4,028,318 fans... October 14, Toronto defeats the Athletics in six games earning their first ever World Series berth... October 17, Toronto plays their first ever World Series game, losing 3-1 to the Braves... October 24, the Blue Jays emerge victorious over Atlanta in 11 innings capturing the World Series and thus becoming the first Canadian team to win the Commissioner's Trophy.

1993  - The BLUE JAYS entered the 1993 season with eleven new faces. John Olerud, Robbie Alomar and Paul Molitor finishing 1-2-3 in the batting race and Joe Carter added 33 HRs and 121 RBIs as the Jays captured their third consecutive A.L. East Flag.

Dave Stewart won twice as the Jays eased past the White Sox in six games to win the A.L. crown, setting up as meeting with the Phillies in the World Series. The teams split the first two in Toronto before the jays captured two of the next three on the road, including a record-setting 15-14 nail biter in game four.

In game six at Skydome, the Phillies overcame a 5-1 deficit and carried a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. After Henderson and Molitor reached base, Joe Carter then drove a slider from Mitch Williams into the left field bullpen to give the Jays their second championship. Carter's blast was only the second Series-ending home run in baseball history.

April 30, Joe Carter sets a club record for RBI in April with 25... June 11, shortstop Tony Fernandez is re-acquired in a trade with the New York Mets... July 13, at Baltimore, a record tying seven Blue Jays are selected to the All-Star team, managed by Cito Gaston (Alomar, Carter, Hentgen, Molitor, Olerud, Ward, White)... July 31, Blue Jays acquire leadoff man Rickey Henderson from the A's for the stretch run in return for minor leaguer's Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera... August 2, the last day that John Olerud would be batting .400- average dipped to a season ending .363, becoming the first ever Blue Jay to win a batting title... August 23, Joe Carter collects 3 home runs vs. the Indians for his fifth career 3 homer game; an AL record... September 26, Blue Jays break their own American League attendance record with a crowd of 50,518 to push the year's home attendance to 4,057,947... September 27, Toronto clinches AL East title with a 2-0 win in Milwaukee as Pat Hentgen wins his 19th game... October 3, Roberto Alomar goes 3-5 to move into third place (.326) in the AL batting race to finish behind teammates John Olerud (.363) and Paul Molitor (.332). It is the first time in 100 years that teammates had finished 1-2-3 in the batting race... October 12, Toronto defeats the Chicago White Sox 6-3 in the sixth game of the ALCS to win their second straight AL pennant and advance to the World Series against Philadelphia... October 23, In Game Six of the World Series, the Blue Jays led by Joe Carter's 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, defeat the Phillies 8-6 at SkyDome to become the first team since 1977-78 Yankees to capture back-to-back World Series Championships.

1994  - The 1994 Blue Jays struggled in May and June, and despite better results at the time play was suspended, the Jays finished under .500 for the first time since 1982.

The club started strongly. Rookie Carlos Delgado hit eight HRs in April. Joe Carter established an M.L. record with 31 RBIs in the month.

After just 18 wins in May and June, the Jays rebounded with 17 victories in July. Still, when the season ended in August, the club was 16 games back. Inconsistency and injuries had figured in the result: Both Carlos Delgado and Alex Gonzalez were returned to the minors. Juan Guzman struggled and Duane Ward underwent surgery and was unable to play.

Despite the disappointing result, there were numerous highlights. Paul Molitor hit .341. Mike Huff played 80 games in the outfield, batting .304. Veteran minor leaguer Darren Hall recorded 17 saves and Pat Hentgen contributed 13 wins and an ERA of 3.40.

April 4, club defeats the 1993 AL West Champion Chicago White Sox 7-3 as Toronto opens their 18th season... May 1, Joe Carter named AL Player of the Month after setting Major League record for RBI in April with 31... May 20, Toronto extends managerial contract of Cito Gaston through the 1996 season... Same day, team President and CEO Paul Beeston is named Canada's Baseball Man of the Year for 1993 by Toronto and Montreal BBWAA... June 7, Manager Cito Gaston receives Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from University of Toronto... July 8, Duane Ward undergoes arthroscopic surgery on right shoulder... August 11, Toronto defeats the New York Yankees 8-7 in 13 innings, in what would be the final game of 1994... August 12, Major League players strike begins... September 14, Office of the Commissioner announces that the remainder of the 1994 season will not be completed... October 14, Gord Ash named Vice-President and General Manager effective October 31... October 31, Pat Gillick steps down as General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

1995  - Despite disappointing Results, 1995 contained its share of highlights. Joe Carter led the club in homers for the fifth straight season. Right fielder Shawn Green set a club rookie record with 50 extra base hits and rookie backstop Sandy Martinez jumped from AA to the major leagues mid-season and led the teams in RBIs in August. Southpaw Al Leiter posted career-highs in Wins, ERA, innings and strikeouts.

Domingo Cedeno and rookie Tomas Perez played well defensively and Ed Sprague emerged as a team leader and solid presence at third base. Also impressive was the resilience of left-hander Tony Castillo and the promising contributions of rookie pitchers Ken Robinson and Tim Crabtree.

April 6, David Cone, who pitched for the Blue Jays in the 1992 World Series, is re-acquired in a trade with Kansas City... April 26, The strike-delayed season begins at home with a 13-1 pounding of Oakland, in which the Blue Jays, in front of their only sell-out crowd of the season, set a new club record scoring 11 times in the second inning... July 4, Roberto Alomar saw his string of 484 errorless chances come to an end with an error in a game in California. The 484 chances without an error was a new Major League record and the string of 104 games without an error established a new American League standard... July 13, Seattle turns the third ever triple play against the Blue Jays, in the ninth inning of their game in the Kingdome... July 28, David Cone was traded to the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon... October 1, The Blue Jays lose their fifth straight game to close out the 1995 season with a 56-88 record and finish in last place for the first time since 1979.

1996  - The Blue Jays 20th Season was highlighted by Pitcher Pat Hentgen, who became the first member of the club to win the Cy Young Award after posting a 20-10 record and leading the A.L. with 10 complete games and 265.2 innings pitched. Ed Sprague also had a big year with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs, while Joe Carter rebounded from a poor 1995 season to top 30 homers and 100 RBIs for the ninth time in his career. Juan Guzman also returned to form and led the A.L with a 2.93 ERA. Robert Perez led the team with a .327 average, while given a chance to play every day, and the result was an 18-win improvement over 1995.

January 16, Blue Jays Howard Starkman awarded Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations excellence in Major League Baseball... April 1, Blue Jays begin 20th season of play with a 9-6 win over Oakland in Las Vegas... April 9, Blue Jays honour George Bell and Dave Stieb as the first two players enshrined on the "Level of Excellence" as part of 20th season home opening festivities... April 16, Blue Jays promote Moose Johnson and Gord Lakey to Special Assistants to the Vice-President and General Manager... May 1, Juan Guzman named the AL Pitcher of the Month for April... August 26, Vice President, Baseball Al LaMacchia resigns to accept a position with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays... September 14, Blue Jays present first annual Bobby Mattick and Al LaMacchia Awards for excellence in Player Development and Scouting respectively. Rocket Wheeler captured the inaugural Bobby Mattick Award while Duane Larson captured the Al LaMacchia Award... September 3, Pat Hentgen captures consecutive AL Pitcher of the Month Awards, winning in July and August... September 30, Juan Guzman becomes the third Blue Jay to lead the AL in ERA posting a 2.93 mark... November 14, Blue Jays complete largest trade in club history, a nine player deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in which the club acquires IF Carlos Garcia, OF Orlando Merced and LHP Dan Plesac... November 12, Pat Hentgen is named the American League Cy Young Award winner... November 19, Toronto Blue Jays unveil their new logo and uniforms, the first logo change in club history... December 9, Signed free agent catcher Benito Santiago to a two year deal... December 13, Blue Jays sign free agent pitcher Roger Clemens to a three-year deal.

1997  - Free agent acquisition Roger Clemens was the Blue Jays' top story in 1997. His 21 victories tied a club record and his 292 strikeouts set a new one. Combined with a 2.05 ERA, Clemens won the unofficial A.L. pitchers' Triple Crown and won the Cy Young Award for the fourth time in his career. Joe Carter passed George Bell as the club's all time home run leader while Carlos Delgado and Jose Cruz Jr. emerged a the club's new offensive stars.

February 28, Bob Engle is promoted from Assistant GM to Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations... June 2, Roger Clemens named the AL Pitcher of the Month for May... June 13, Blue Jays play first inter-league game in Philadelphia, losing 4-3 to the Phillies... June 31, Blue Jays play first ever regular season game with the Montreal Expos, three game series in SkyDome highlighted by July 1, Canada Day match-up... July 22, Paul Beeston, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Blue Jays resigns from position and accepts post with Major League Baseball as President and Chief Operating Officer... July 31, Blue Jays acquire OF Jose Cruz Jr. in a trade with the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Mike Timlin and LHP Paul Spoljaric... September 2, Roger Clemens named the AL Pitcher of the Month for August... September 24, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston relieved of his duties, Mel Queen appointed interim manager for the rest of the season... September 27, Blue Jays announce Omar Malave as the Bobby Mattick Award winner and Jim Hughes as the Al LaMacchia award winner... September 28, Blue Jays announce coaches Nick Leyva, Gene Tenace, Alfredo Griffin and Willie Upshaw will not return for the 1998 season... October 30, Interbrew S.A. announces that they are no longer trying to sell the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, the Toronto Argonauts Football Team or their share in SkyDome... November 10, Roger Clemens named as the American League Cy Young Award winner, his fourth and the second straight by a Blue Jay... November 24, Tim Johnson appointed as Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays... November 26, Blue Jays sign free agent pitcher Randy Myers to a three-year contract and catcher Darrin Fletcher to a two-year deal... November 26, Blue Jays radio rights awarded to Headline Sports... December 8, Blue Jays sign free agent 1B/DH Mike Stanley and 2B Tony Fernandez.

1998  - It was a tale of two seasons in 1998 for Toronto. The team struggled throughout the first half before exploding into contention in August. Deals at the deadline opened up the outfield for promising youngsters Shannon Stewart, Shawn Green and Jose Cruz and also steadied the infield by opening up third base for veteran Tony Fernandez. Fernandez led the team with a .321 average, and Green joined the exclusive 30/30 club with 35 homers and 35 steals. Carlos Delgado led the Jays with 115 RBI, and Jose Canseco clubbed a team-high 46 homers. Roger Clemens earned his fifth Cy Young Award with a 20-6 record and also topped 3,000 strikeouts during the season.

February 4, sign free agent outfielder Jose Canseco... March 2, Gord Ash is promoted from Vice-President to Executive Vice President, Baseball and General Manager, Bob Nicholson from Vice President, Business to Executive Vice President, Business, Howard Starkman appointed Vice-President, Media Relations, George Holm appointed Vice President, Sales and Operations & Susan Quigley appointed to Vice President, Finance and Administration... June 17, Dave Stieb returns to Blue Jays from Syracuse and first pitches on June 18 in Baltimore... July 4, Tony Fernandez becomes the franchise leader in hits collecting his 1,320 hit as a Blue Jay off Dennis Springer of Tampa Bay... July 5, Roger Clemens becomes the 11th pitcher to record 3000 career strikeouts after fanning Tampa Bay's Randy Winn... July 26, Jose Canseco hit career HR #380 to become the All-Time HR leader for non-US born players... July 27, Toronto Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles in the Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown New York... July 30, Blue Jays trade Mike Stanley to Boston for RHP's Peter Munro and Jay Yennaco... July 31, Blue Jays trade RHP Juan Guzman to Baltimore for RHP Nerio Rodriguez and OF Shannon Carter... August 6, Trade Randy Myers to San Diego for C Brian Loyd and cash considerations... September 1, Roger Clemens named the AL Pitcher of the Month in August... September 4, Shawn Green becomes just the ninth player in the history of the American League, and the first Blue Jay, to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season... September 23, Blue Jays reach a multi -year agreement with CTV Sportsnet to broadcast up 42 games... November 16, Roger Clemens named American League Cy Young Award winner for the second consecutive season, his fifth and the third in club history... November 3, Name Dave Stewart as Assistant General Manager... December 13, Acquired RHP Joey Hamilton from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP's Woody Williams, Carlos Almanzar and OF Peter Tucci... December 8, Wayne Morgan promoted to the position of Special Assistant to the General Manager and Director, International Scouting... December 13 Roger Clemens named the AL's Joe Cronin Award winner for significant achievement.

1999  - The Blue Jays finished with an 84-78 record, which was third in the AL East. The winning season was the 13th in franchise history, and Toronto posted back-to-back winning records for the first time since 1992-93. Prior to 1999 Toronto had increased their win total in five straight seasons. The Blue Jays were in second place and in the lead for the wild card as late as August before a late-season slump cost them a playoff spot.

Jim Fregosi was named Blue Jays manager in March, replacing Tim Johnson. Prior to the season, the Blue Jays traded two-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens to the Yankees for left-hander David Wells, reliever Graeme Lloyd and infielder Homer Bush. Toronto set club records in average (.280), runs (883), hits (1,580), doubles (337) and slugging percentage (.457).

Carlos Delgado with 44 home runs and Shawn Green with 42 home runs combined to hit 86 to make them the most prolific duo in the history of the club, breaking the mark of 84 set in 1998 by Jose Canseco (46) and Delgado (38). The Blue Jays shattered their previous mark of 45 players in the 1991 season by having 53 in 1999.

January 29, Sam Pollack retires as Chairman and CEO of the Blue Jays but will continue to serve as Senior Chairman and Director of the Toronto Blue Jays... Allan Chapin appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors... Gord Ash appointed President of Baseball Operations... Bob Nicholson appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer... Terry Zuk added in the position of Vice-President, Marketing... February 20, traded RHP Roger Clemens to the New York Yankees in exchange for LHP David Wells, 2B Homer Bush and LHP Graeme Lloyd... March 17, Jim Fregosi replaces Tim Johnson as manager... April 5, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announces that it will induct Blue Jays Bobby Mattick... April 30, Minor League Catching instructor Ernie Whitt announced as Manager of Canada's baseball team for the 1999 Pan-Am games... June 12, traded LHP Dan Plesac to Arizona in exchange for IF Tony Batista and RHP John Frascatore... June 16, Alex Gonzalez has arthroscopic surgery and is out for the rest of the season... July 1, John Frascatore wins his third consecutive game in relief in three days to tie a ML record... July 4, Pat Hentgen becomes fourth Blue Jays pitcher to post 100 wins... July 30, Blue Jays honour Joe Carter and Cito Gaston with their appointments to the Level of Excellence... August 30, Vernon Wells called up to Toronto after starting the season with Dunedin (A)... September 17, Tony Fernandez becomes franchise leader in games after playing in his 1,393 game as a Blue Jay... October 2, Billy Koch records his 31st save which is an AL rookie record and second in the majors... October 3, Shawn Green finishes the season with a club record 87 extra-base hits and 134 runs scored... October 12, Bob Engle, Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations, announces his retirement... Cito Gaston named as hitting coach... November 8, acquired OF Raul Mondesi and LHP Pedro Borbon Jr. in exchange for OF Shawn Green and 2B Jorge Nunez... November 11, traded RHP Pat Hentgen and LHP Paul Spoljaric to St. Louis in exchange for LHP Lance Painter, RHP Matt DeWitt and C Alberto Castillo... December 10, Sign Carlos Delgado to a three year contract extension... December 20, Tim McCleary named Vice-President, Baseball Operations and Assistant General Manager.

1976-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-Present