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BLUE JAYS TIMELINE
1976-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-Present
Timeline 2000-2009
 
Carlos Delgado and Tony Batista both clubbed 41 home runs in 2000, marking the first time two Blue Jays eclipsed the 40 home run plateau in the same season.
2000  - February 10, unveil two new mascots and begin "Name the Mascots Contest"... March 4, name new mascots ACE and DIAMOND... April 22 & 23, Jose Cruz become just the second Blue Jay to hit leadoff home runs in consecutive games... April 23 Carlos Delgado ties a club record with an RBI in eight consecutive games... June 20 vs. Detroit al-lowed eight home runs to tie a franchise record... June 25 the set a new franchise record with home runs in 23 consecutive games... July 5, 1B Carlos Delgado and LHP David Wells named to the American League All-Star team... July 8, David Wells sets club record for most wins at the All-Star break with 15 and is named as the starting pitcher for the AL All-Star team... Blue Jays become the first team in Major League history to have four players with 20 or more home runs at the All-Star break (Delgado-28, Batista-24, Mondesi-22, Cruz-20)... July 24, Assistant General Manager Dave Stewart takes over as Pitching Coach for the balance of the season... August 14, Raul Mondesi has surgery on his right elbow to remove bone chips... August 27 at Texas Darrin Fletcher becomes the ninth AL catcher and the second Blue Jays catcher to hit three home runs in a game... September 1, Rogers Communications Inc. purchases 80% of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club with Labatt's maintaining 20% interest, while CIBC relinquishes it's 10% share... Paul Godrey is named President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays... September 18, Carlos Delgado sets new club record for RBI with 135... September 8 reached an agreement to remain in Dunedin for spring training for an additional 15 years beginning in 2002... September 12 signed a four-year player development contract with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn State League (A)... September 19 signed a two-year player development contract with the Charleston Ally Cats of the South Atlantic League (A)... September 21 vs. the New York Yankees, David Wells becomes the second oldest pitcher in ML history to win 20 games for the first time in his career... September 25, Todd Greene hits his 4th home run and the club's 134th at home to set a new AL club record for most home runs in one season at home... The Blue Jays finish the season with a franchise record and 2000 AL high 244 home runs... Tied Major League record with four players hitting 30 or more home runs in a season... Tied AL record with seven players hitting 20 or more home runs... October 10, Gord Ash, President, Baseball Operations and General Manager, signed a three-year contract... Manager, Jim Fregosi's contract was not renewed... October 20, Carlos Delgado signs a four-year contract, replacing the previous three-year deal... Carlos Delgado named as the AL Hank Aaron Award winner... Blue Jays launch 25th season logo... October 23, Carlos Delgado named as the "Sporting News Player of the Year"... October 31, Tim Wilken named Vice President, Baseball... November 1, Darrin Fletcher signs a three-year contract... November 3, Buck Martinez named Manager of the Blue Jays... December 8 announced Paul Allamby as Senior VP, Sales and Marketing and promoted Mark Lemmon to VP, Corporate Partnerships and Business Development... December 10, signed Alex Gonzalez to a four-year contract.
2001  - January 14...Acquired LHP Mike Sirotka, RHP Kevin Beirne, RHP Mike Williams and OF Brian Simmons from the Chicago White Sox...April 1...Blue Jays open the season in Puerto Rico with a 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers for manager Buck Martinez's first career win...Esteban Loaiza records the win and nine strikeouts to set a Blue Jays opening day record for strikeouts...April 9...April 12...Two panels of the SkyDome roof collide and force the postponement of the Blue Jays and Royals game due to unsafe building conditions...April 17...Raul Mondesi becomes the first Blue Jay player to pull off a straight steal of home plate, was accomplished against the Yankees LHP Randy Keisler...April 19...Played the longest game in club history vs the Yankees, 5:57 in a 6-5 loss in 17 innings...May 11...Carlos Delgado hits his 204th home run to take over as the franchise leader from Joe Carter (203)...June 15...Tony Fernandez returned to Toronto as a Blue Jay for the fourth time...No other player has appeared three times in a Blue Jays uniform...June 18...Blue Jays capture 1,900 career win, winning 6-5 in Baltimore...July 10...Canadian born Paul Quantrill represents the Blue Jays in the 2001 All-Star Game...August 13...The Blue Jays 25th Anniversary All-Time Roster is announced, 1B Carlos Delgado, 2B Roberto Alomar, SS Tony Fernandez, 3B Kelly Gruber, LF George Bell, CF Devon White, RF Joe Carter, C Ernie Whitt, RH starter Dave Stieb, LH starter Jimmy Key, Closer Tom Henke, DH Paul Molitor, utility player Rance Mulliniks and Manager Cito Gaston...August 17...Infielder Jeff Frye becomes the second Blue Jay to hit for the cycle, accomplished the feat against the Texas Rangers with Kelly Gruber, the other Blue Jay to hit for the cycle, in attendance...September 11...Major League Baseball is shutdown for a week after the terrorist attacks against America...September 23...Blue Jays induct Tony Fernandez into the Level of Excellence, Fernandez retired following the season as the franchise leader in games, at-bats, hits, doubles and triples...October 1...Senior-Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager Gord Ash is relieved of his duties with the club...October 3...Closer Billy Koch becomes the third Blue Jay to record 100 career saves in a 7-6 win in Baltimore...October 5...Blue Jays play their second ever doubleheader at SkyDome...Jose Cruz Jr. steals two bases in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians to make him the second player in franchise history to post 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season (Shawn Green- 1998)...Shannon Stewart becomes the fourth Blue Jays player to record 200 hits in a season, also in the second game of two against Cleveland...October 7...Toronto finishes 80-82 after a 3-2 loss and following the game announce that Terry Bevington and Cito Gaston will not return as coaches in 2002...Blue Jays season attendance increases after five straight declining seasons...November 13...Dave Stewart resigns from his position as Assistant General Manager...November 14...J.P. Ricciardi is named Senior Vice-President, Baseball Operations and General Manager, the fourth general manager in club history...November 28...The first additions to the Baseball Operations department under the tenure of J.P. Ricciardi are made with the hiring of Dick Scott, Director Player Development and Bill Livesey, Special Assistant to the General Manager...December 4...Jack Gillis joins the Blue Jays as the Scouting Departments, National Crosschecker...December 7...J..P. Ricciardi completes his first trade by sending RHP Billy Koch to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for 3B Eric Hinske and RHP Justin Miller.
2002  - February 28, Blue Jays Radio Broadcast rights returned to The Fan 590... May 29, Carlos Delgado takes over the franchise lead in RBI at 741... June 3, Blue Jays name Carlos Tosca as the ninth manager in club history replacing Buck Martinez, second mid-season managerial change in club history. Club was 20-33 at the time... July 3, Eric Hinske named as American League Rookie of the Month for June, first Blue Jay to win the award which began in the 2002 season... August 4, Carlos Delgado is forced out of the line-up due to injury to end club record 432 consecutive games played... August 7, Pat Gillick is enshrined in the Blue Jays Level of Excellence... August 19, Blue Jays win 2000th game in franchise history, 2-0 vs. KC... August 30, Major League Baseball and the Players Association agree to a Collective Bargaining Agreement hours before a work stoppage was set to begin... September 3, Blue Jays award two year contract to manager Carlos Tosca and his entire staff... Josh Phelps named as the American League Rookie of the Month after recording a league leading 30 RBI in August, would also capture the award for the month of September... September 18, Vernon Wells named as the Blue Jays Roberto Clemente Award winner... October 8, Blue Jays Senior Vice-President of Baseball Operations and General Manager JP Ricciardi agrees to a five-year contract through the 2007 season... October 15, Tony LaCava named as Assistant to the General Manager... November 4, Eric Hinske elected as the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award. He is the second Blue Jay named Rookie of the Year, as Alfredo Griffin was the co-winner in 1979.
2003  - A trio of top stars led the Blue Jays back above the .500 mark for the first time since 2000 and gave the club the most wins in a season since going 88–74 in 1998. Vernon Wells, Carlos Delgado and Roy Halladay all established significant new careermarks en route to setting impressive club records and leading the American League in several important categories.

Both Halladay and the Blue Jays started the season slowly. After a breakthrough 19–7 season in 2002, “Doc” earned the starting assignment against the New York Yankees on Opening Day but took the loss in an 8–4 Yankees victory. Halladay suffered another loss and two no decisions in his next three April starts as the Blue Jays struggled out of the gate with a 10–18 record for the month. Though Carlos Delgado hit at a .366 clip with 28 RBI in April, the Blue Jays suffered through a season-high six-game losing streak between April 10-15 and fell to a season-low eight games below .500 twice during the month. One of the few highlights in the season’s opening month came on April 27 when the Blue Jays scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Kansas City 10–9. Toronto had trailed 7–0 in the second inning and 8–1 through six.

Halladay helped May get started off right with his first win of the season on May 1. He would win all six of his starts in May (winning honors as American League Pitcher of the Month) as the Blue Jays posted the best monthly mark in club history with a record of 21–8. Veteran catcher and former Blue Jay Greg Myers had returned to Toronto as a free agent in the offseason. Amazingly, he would enjoy his best season at the age of 36, establishing personal highs with 121 games played, 101 hits, 15 home runs, 52 RBI and a .307 batting average. He kick-started his career year with a .361mark in May, one of eight Blue Jays to hit .300 or better for the month. Vernon Wells, who had hit just .246 in April, batted at a .317 clip in May while driving in a club-high 28 runs. Wells went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBI to pace Toronto to an 18–1 win in Kansas City on May 16. The 17-run difference marked the largest margin of victory in team history. The month also featured the first four-game sweep of the Yankees by the Blue Jays when the team took four in a row at Yankee Stadium between May 22–25.

Toronto was just two games out of first place as June began, but fell behind the Red Sox 6–0 in the third inning of their game on June 1. Roy Halladay managed to survive the shaky start and held on to pick up the win when his teammates rallied for an 11-8 victory and a three-game sweep of Boston. Halladay continued his winning ways right through June, running his record to 11–2 with a club-record 11 wins in 11 consecutive starts. Vernon Wells hit .369 for the month and socked eight homers, but it was Carlos Delgado who truly swung the hot bat. Delgado slugged 10 roundtrippers and knocked in 34 runs, breaking the club record of 32 RBI in a month he had previously shared with Dave Winfield.

Delgado entered July with 89 RBI and had a shot at Hank Greenberg’s 1935 Major League mark of 103 RBI before the All-Star Break, but fell just short with 97 when the Break began on July 14. He had to settle for moving into third place on the list and becoming one of only nine players in history to record 90 RBI before the All-Star Game.

July was not kind to the Blue Jays, as they suffered through their worst month of the season with a record of 8–17. Roy Halladay continued his winning ways, however, and, with a few no decisions tossed in, ran his streak to 15 wins in a row on July 27. Working on just three days rest for the third time during the season, Halladay allowed the Baltimore Orioles just two hits in seven scoreless innings en route to a 10–1 victory. His 15 straight wins tied Roger Clemens’ club record and left him just one short of the American League mark. However, Halladay and the Blue Jays were defeated 5–0 by the Anaheim Angels on August 1. The loss set the tone for another poor stretch, as Toronto managed just 13 wins in 28 games, but the final month of the season would truly be a September to remember. The Blue Jays closed out the season with a 19–7 record, including a 12–4 mark at SkyDome.

Halladay threw four consecutive complete games from September 1-17, winning them all. He went 5–1 in September with an ERA of 1.41, setting a new club record with his league-leading 22nd victory in his last start of the season on September 27. Halladay earned his second selection as AL Pitcher of the Month, putting the finishing touches on a season that would result in his winning the Cy Young Award. Carlos Delgado and Vernon Wells also finished the season in style. Wells set a new club record with his 214th hit on September 27, and ended the season with a league-leading 215 hits to join Paul Molitor as the only Blue Jays to lead the league in this category. Wells finished the year with a .317 average, 33 homers and 117 RBI. He also provided stellar defense in center field. Carlos Delgado led the league with 145 RBI, joining George Bell as the only Blue Jays to lead the league in runs batted in while becoming the first Toronto player to lead the entire Majors. Delgado’s final month of the season was highlighted by a four home run performance against Tampa Bay on September 25. He became just the 15th player in Major League history to hit four homers in a game, and just the sixth to do so in four consecutive at-bats. Delgado’s third home run that night was the 300th of this career.

Several other Blue Jays made key contributions during the 2003 season. Rookie Aquilino Lopez took over as the team’s closer and notched 14 saves, while Josh Towers was added to the starting rotation and compiled a record of 6–1. Reed Johnson proved to be a fine addition in right field, ranking among the rookie leaders in many offensive categories. Hitting mostly in the leadoff position, he batted .294 with 10 homers, 79 runs scored and 52 RBI. Frank Catalanotto also provided a spark from the number-two spot in the batting order, with a .299 average and a career-high 13 homers and 59 RBI. Josh Phelps clubbed 20 home runs, while Orlando Hudson provided record-setting defense at second base by leading the American League with a franchise-best 477 assists.

2004  -

The Blue Jays finished 19 games worse than they did in 2003, and injuries played a big part as the team got off to a slow start. Carlos Delgado, Vernon Wells, Roy Halladay and Frank Catalanotto all missed at least a month, sinking the Jays out of third place for the first time in seven seasons. They finished last for the first time since Tampa Bay entered the league, and one had to go all the way back to 1980 to find a Toronto team that lost more games. 

The silver lining was strong rookie showings from Dave Bush, Alex Rios and Jason Frasor. Orlando Hudson progressed, Wells won a Gold Glove and Ted Lilly became an All-Star.

2005  -

No one was sure what the first season in the post Carlos Delgado era would hold. As it turned out, the Blue Jays' youth movement -- complimented by stable veterans Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells -- was a step in the right direction. And while the playoffs once again proved just out of reach, Toronto left the season feeling that with a few key additions and even more maturation, the future is bright at Rogers Centre.

Orlando Hudson, Wells and Eric Hinske each homered on Opening Day, giving Halladay a strong first outing in a win over Tampa Bay. That start helped the Jays bolt out of the gate in '05, taking an April lead in the American League East standings while the Yankees and Red Sox stumbled. Halladay was a big part of the hot start, tallying a 4-1 record and 3.40 ERA in March and April, including two complete games.

The summer months saw a flattening out of the Jays' fortunes, and the club hovered around the .500 mark for much of the rest of the year. While 2004 All-Star Ted Lilly struggled through arm troubles and inconsistency, rookie left-hander Gustavo Chacin excelled, finishing 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA in 203 innings and winning two Rookie Pitcher of the Month Awards. Toronto needed the pitching help, since Halladay, after posting a 12-4 record with a sterling 2.41 ERA, suffered a broken tibia on a line drive hit directly at him, and was never able to return, shutting it down at the All-Star break.

Several other young Jays kept the team in the hunt. Rookie shortstop Russ Adams was solid in his first full year as a starter, while Alex Rios showed why he was one of the best prospects in the organization. Jason Frasor and Vinnie Chulk both helped anchor the bullpen. Orlando Hudson capped a stellar year with his first Gold Glove at second base. Shea Hillenbrand proved effective at first base, batting .291 with 82 RBIs. The team MVP, however, was center fielder Vernon Wells, who posted 28 homers and 97 RBIs and won a second consecutive Gold Glove for his defensive work.

In the end, however, despite improvement, the Blue Jays faded down the stretch, falling below the .500 mark in the season's last week, and finishing third in the AL East (80-82, 15 games out).

2006  -

Toronto finished 2006 with 87 victories, which represented the most wins in a season during the tenure of general manager J.P. Ricciardi. The Jays also placed second in the American League East, marking their highest finish in the division since winning the World Series in 1993. Five Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, B.J. Ryan, Vernon Wells, Troy Glaus and Alex Rios) were named to the AL All-Star team, Wells picked up his third straight AL Gold Glove Award for this work in center field, and Halladay placed third in balloting for the AL Cy Young Award.

2007  -

The Blue Jays slipped back into third place in the American League East in 2007, finishing with 83 victories for manager John Gibbons. The silver lining was that it marked the first time since 1998-2000 that Toronto managed consecutive winning seasons. Right fielder Alex Rios was the Jays' lone representative at the All-Star Game in San Francisco, where he finished as the runner-up in the annual Home Run Derby. It was a breakout season for second baseman Aaron Hill, who established a franchise record for doubles in a single season by a second baseman with 47, breaking Blue Jays great Roberto Alomar's mark of 41 set in 1991. Hill also launched 17 homers, tying Alomar's 1993 benchmark for Toronto second basemen. The Jays also experiened a youth movement in the rotation, with right-handers Dustin McGowan and Shaun Marcum joining the cast and each finishing with 12 wins. Ace Roy Halladay finished with 16 wins and placed fifth overall in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

2008  -

For only the second time in a span of 11 seasons, the Blue Jays fell below third place in the American League East. Toronto finished with a respectable 86 wins and pieced together its third straight winning season, but the emergence of the AL-champion Rays made the division more difficult to manage. The Blue Jays' struggled offensively throughout the season, but boasted the strongest pitching staff in baseball. Toronto's 3.49 team ERA led the Majors and the group was paced by ace Roy Halladay, who won 20 games with a 2.78 ERA, was the club's lone All-Star and finished as the runner-up in voting for the AL Cy Young Award. In his first full season since 2005, A.J. Burnett won a career-high 18 games and led the league with 231 strikeouts. Midway through the season, the Blue Jays made a managerial change, dimissing John Gibbons and re-hiring Cito Gaston. Down the stretch, the Jays went 51-37 under Gaston and showed positive strides in the batter's box. Joining Gaston's coaching staff in June were hitting coach Gene Tenace, third-base coach Nick Leyva and first-base coach Dwayne Murphy. At the end of the season, Gaston, as well as all of Toronto's coaches, received two-year contract extensions. In October, Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Godfrey announced that he was stepping down from his position at the end of the calendar year. The club then re-hired Paul Beeston to serve as Toronto's interim president and CEO to help with the day-to-day operations of the team and to aid in the search for a permanent replacement. On December 2, team owner Ted Rogers, who purchased the Blue Jays in 2000 and later acquired the club's domed stadium in 2004, passed away at the age of 75 due to heart failure.

2009  -

April 2, Rogers Centre and Aramark announce upgrades and enhancements to the dining experience at Rogers Centre... August 6, members of the Toronto Blue Jays team, along with heroes of the 92/93 World Series teams take to the courses at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in support of the Jays Care Foundation 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament... August 6-8, Blue Jays host back-to-back '92 & '93 World Series Reunion... October 3, Rogers Communications announce that J.P. Ricciardi will be leaving his position as Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations & General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays... Alex Anthopoulos, Vice President, Baseball Operations & Assistant General Manager fills the role commencing on that day of October 3... October 9, Blue Jays made changes to their scouting department; Andrew Tinnish appointed Director Amateur Scouting, Perry Minasian appointed Director of Professional Scouting, Jon Lalonde named Professional Scout... October 26, Blue Jays name both Mel Didier and Mel Queen to the positions of Senior Advisor, Player Development... October 27, Paul Beeston appointed CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre... October 30, Blue Jays announce that Cito Gaston has signed a four-year consulting agreement to begin in 2011 after choosing to retire from managing following the 2010 season...November 12, Adam Lind & Aaron Hill named AL Silver Slugger award winners... The duo of Lind & Hill have become just the second pair in Blue Jays history to record at least 35 home runs, 35 doubles & 100 RBI in the same season... In addition the combined RBI between the two is the most by a Blue Jay duo since 2003 when Delgado (145) & Wells (117) combined for 262... This marked only the 3rd time in Blue Jays history that two Blue Jays have won the award in the same season; 1999 (Green/Delgado) & 2003 (Delgado/Wells). During the off-season, Aaron Hill was named AL Comback Player of the Year and Adam Lind was named the 2009 Edgar Martinez award winner among all designated hitters in the league... On December 16, the Toronto Blue Jays traded RHP Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Philles in exchange for RHP Kyle Drabek, C Travis D’Arnaud and OF Michael Taylor... Halladay is among the top 3 in eight different categories among the all-time Club Pitchers list.

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