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BLUE JAYS TIMELINE
1976-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-Present
Timeline 2010-Present
2010  - On April 5, Shaun Marcum starts on Opening Day for the Blue Jays, ending a streak of seven straight Opening Day starts for ace Roy Halladay (traded to the Phillies). ... On June 20, John McDonald hits a pinch-hit home run on Father's Day in his first at-bat since the passing of his father, Jack. ... On Aug. 7, rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia goes 4-for-5 with two home runs in an historic Major League debut. He became the first player in the Modern Era (since 1900) to hit two homers as part of a four-hit debut. ... The Blue Jays belted eight home runs in a 17-11 win over Tampa Bay on Aug. 7. ... On Aug. 8, right-hander Brandon Morrow came within one out of a no-hitter. Morrow ended with 17 strikeouts in a one-hit gem, defeating the Rays 1-0. ... On Sept. 17, right fielder Jose Bautista belted his 48th home run of the season, moving him out of a tie with George Bell (47 in 1987) for the most homers in a single season in franchise history. Bautista became the first player in Blue Jays history to launch 50 homers in a season on Sept. 23 and finished the year with 54 long balls. ... Bautista set a Major League record with a single-season increase of 41 home runs. ... Bautista, catcher John Buck and center fielder Vernon Wells each made the American League All-Star team for Toronto. ... The Blue Jays finished with an 85-77 record, marking the team's fourth winning season in a five-year span. ... The Blue Jays set a franchise record with 257 home runs, which were tied for the third-highest total in a single season in baseball history. ... Toronto became the first team in baseball history to have at least 20 home runs produced from nine positions, including from the designated hitter slot. ... The Blue Jays tied a club record with seven players boasting at least 20 home runs in one season. ... Bautista earned an American League Silver Slugger Award. ... Following the end of the season, Cito Gaston stepped down as the Blue Jays' manager. ... On Oct. 25, the Blue Jays named John Farrell their new manager.
2011  - The 2011 season in Toronto saw the debut of first-year manager John Farrell. The former Red Sox pitching coach implemented a more aggressive style of play on the basepaths with the goal of not having his club rely so much on the long ball to score runs. That new approach combined with another MVP caliber season from right fielder Jose Bautista enabled the Blue Jays to finish with the fifth-best offense in the American League.

Top prospect Brett Lawrie also made his debut in 2011. Lawrie represents the first true Canadian star to play for the organization and the energetic native of Langley, British Columbia, appeared to revitalize the club. He often received standing ovations from the crowd and likely established himself as the Blue Jays every day third baseman for the foreseeable future.

Despite the successful year at the plate, Toronto's young pitching staff struggled for most of the year. No. 1 starter -- and first-time All-Star -- Ricky Romero was the lone standout and the end result was another fourth-place finish in the always competitive American League East.
2012  - The Blue Jays entered the 2012 campaign riding of the wave of their most successful Grapefruit League season in franchise history. Toronto led all Major League teams with 24 wins during the Spring but all of that was forgotten with a slow start to the regular season. Any chance the Blue Jays had of reaching the postseason was then erased in June when the club lost three-fifths of its starting rotation in a span of just four days. Brandon Morrow was lost for two months while Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison never returned and it was a blow the Blue Jays ultimately were unable to overcome. The one shining light in an otherwise dark season was provided by Edwin Encarnacion. The Dominican native enjoyed his first breakout season in the Major Leagues and finished with 42 homers while posting a .280 average and 110 RBIs. Omar Vizquel's potential Hall of Fame career came to an end in a Blue Jays uniform. The 11-time Gold Glove winner made the team out of Spring Training but spent most of the year in a utility infielder role. The real news began once the season was over as general manager Alex Anthopoulos executed one of the biggest trades in franchise history. He acquired Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio in a massive 12-player trade and then followed that up by signing Melky Cabrera and trading for 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
2013  - The Blue Jays entered the year with lofty expectations following a dramatic offseason overhaul that saw the likes of 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, four-time All-Star Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Melky Cabrera and Mark Buehrle join the team. Unfortunately for the club, the additions didn't result in a better record, as the Blue Jays finished last in the American League East with a 74-88 record.

Injuries once again played a role, as Reyes, Brandon Morrow, J.A. Happ, Brett Lawrie, Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus and Cabrera all missed a significant period of time with injuries. It marked the second consecutive year the club was hurt by players spending substantial time on the disabled list, and it was at least a contributing factor in Toronto ranking near the bottom of the American League in all major pitching categories.

The Blue Jays did send four representatives to the All-Star Game in New York. Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil made the roster, and all four players got into the game and played key roles in the AL's 3-0 victory. Encarnacion had a sacrifice fly, while Delabar and Cecil were both credited with a hold out of the bullpen.

Encarnacion followed up his breakout 2012 season with an equally impressive campaign in the heart of Toronto's order. The veteran first baseman once again surpassed the 35-homer, 100-RBI plateau and took over from Bautista as arguably the club's most valuable hitter.

Rasmus missed almost all of September but still enjoyed his best season at the plate since 2010. He reached the 20-homer mark for a second consecutive year, but this time he did it with a .276 average and an impressive .840 on-base plus slugging percentage.
2014  - The Blue Jays got off to one of their best starts in franchise history but weren't able to carry that momentum throughout the course of the regular season. Toronto took over first place in the AL East with a 21-9 record in May and held onto that spot until July 4. It was the first time since 1993 that the Blue Jays held onto first place that late into the season but injuries eventually took their toll. Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie got hurt and the club lost its grip on the Wild Card spot by the beginning of August and never recovered.

Jose Bautista led the way on offense by hitting .286 with 35 home runs and 103 RBIs. It was his first full season since 2011 and the performance resulted in the third Silver Slugger Award of his career. The second half of the season was defined by an emerging young core of pitchers that made their Major League debuts. Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris provided a glimpse at what could be a very bright future. In the end, it wasn't quite enough as the Blue Jays remained on the periphery of the Wild Card race until the final week of the regular season before eventually getting eliminated.
1976-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-Present