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The 1979 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's third season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing seventh in the American League East with a record of 53 wins and 109 losses. The Blue Jays were the only American League East team to finish 1979 with a losing record and the loss total of 109 set the franchise mark. Attendance for the season decreased to 1,431,651.[1]

1979 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record53–109 (.327)
Divisional place7th
Other information
Owner(s)Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Roy Hartsfield
Local televisionCBC Television
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Tom McKee)
CBFT
(Jean-Pierre Roy, Guy Ferron)
Local radioCKFH
(Early Wynn, Tom Cheek)
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OffseasonEdit

  • January 9, 1979: Mark Eichhorn was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 1979 amateur draft (January). [2]
  • January 11, 1979: Rico Carty was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays.[3]
  • March 17, 1979: Steve Luebber was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays.[4]
  • March 25, 1979: Bobby Brown was selected off waivers by the Blue Jays from the New York Mets.[5]

Regular seasonEdit

Following the team's poor performance, manager Roy Hartsfield was fired at the end of the season. One highlight of the season was the awarding of the American League Rookie of the Year Award to Alfredo Griffin.[6]

The end of the 1979 season marked a crossroads for the franchise. The first real talent from the minor leagues had made it to the major league roster. Such talent included pitcher Dave Stieb and third baseman Danny Ainge.[1]

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 102 57 0.642 55–24 47–33
Milwaukee Brewers 95 66 0.590 8 52–29 43–37
Boston Red Sox 91 69 0.569 11½ 51–29 40–40
New York Yankees 89 71 0.556 13½ 51–30 38–41
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 18 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 81 80 0.503 22 47–34 34–46
Toronto Blue Jays 53 109 0.327 50½ 32–49 21–60

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1979 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 8–5 9–3 8–3 8–5 7–6 6–6 8–5 8–4 5–6 8–4 10–2 6–6 11–2
Boston 5–8 5–7 5–6 6–7 8–5 8–4 8–4 9–3 5–8 9–3 8–4 6–6 9–4
California 3–9 7–5 9–4 6–6 4–8 7–6 7–5 9–4 7–5 10–3 7–6 5–8 7–5
Chicago 3–8 6–5 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 5–7 5–8 4–8 9–4 5–8 11–2 7–5
Cleveland 5–8 7–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 4–9 8–4 5–8 8–4 7–5 5–7 8–5
Detroit 6–7 5–8 8–4 9–3 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 7–6 7–5 7–5 6–6 9–4
Kansas City 6–6 4–8 6–7 8–5 6–6 7–5 5–7 7–6 5–7 9–4 7–6 6–7 9–3
Milwaukee 5–8 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–4 7–6 7–5 8–4 9–4 6–6 9–3 9–3 10–3
Minnesota 4–8 3–9 4–9 8–5 4–8 8–4 6–7 4–8 7–5 9–4 10–3 4–9 11–1
New York 6–5 8–5 5–7 8–4 8–5 6–7 7–5 4–9 5–7 9–3 6–6 8–4 9–4
Oakland 4–8 3–9 3–10 4–9 4–8 5–7 4–9 6–6 4–9 3–9 8–5 2–11 4–8
Seattle 2–10 4–8 6–7 8–5 5–7 5–7 6–7 3–9 3–10 6–6 5–8 6–7 8–4
Texas 6–6 6–6 8–5 2–11 7–5 6–6 7–6 3–9 9–4 4–8 11–2 7–6 7–5
Toronto 2–11 4–9 5–7 5–7 5–8 4–9 3–9 3–10 1–11 4–9 8–4 4–8 5–7


Opening Day startersEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

RosterEdit

1979 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

1979 Game Log 53–109 (Home 32–49, Away 21–60)

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
C Rick Cerone 136 469 47 112 27 4 .239 7 61 1
1B John Mayberry 137 464 61 127 22 1 .274 21 74 1
2B Danny Ainge 87 308 26 73 7 1 .237 2 19 1
3B Roy Howell 138 511 60 126 28 4 .247 15 72 1
SS Alfredo Griffin 153 624 81 179 22 10 .287 2 31 21
LF Alvis Woods 132 436 57 121 24 4 .278 5 36 6
CF Rick Bosetti 162 619 59 161 35 2 .260 8 65 13
RF Bob Bailor 130 414 50 95 11 5 .229 1 38 14
DH Rico Carty 132 461 48 118 26 0 .256 12 55 3

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
Otto Vélez 99 274 45 79 21 0 .288 15 48 0
Luis Gómez 59 163 11 39 7 0 .239 0 11 1
Dave McKay 47 156 19 34 9 0 .218 0 12 1
Joe Cannon 61 142 14 30 1 1 .211 1 5 12
Tony Solaita 36 102 14 27 8 1 .265 2 13 0
Bob Davis 32 89 6 11 2 0 .124 1 8 0
Tim Johnson 43 86 6 16 2 1 .186 0 6 0
Craig Kusick 23 54 3 11 1 0 .204 2 7 0
Bob Robertson 15 29 1 3 0 0 .103 1 1 0
Ted Wilborn 22 12 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Bobby Brown 4 10 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Pedro Hernández 3 0 1 0 0 0 ---- 0 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA R ER BB K
Tom Underwood 33 32 227 9 16 3.69 113 93 95 127
Phil Huffman 31 31 173 6 18 5.77 130 111 68 56
Dave Lemanczyk 22 20 143 8 10 3.71 65 59 45 63
Dave Stieb 18 18 129.1 8 8 4.31 70 62 48 52
Jim Clancy 12 11 63.2 2 7 5.51 44 39 31 33
Butch Edge 9 9 51.2 3 4 5.23 32 30 24 19

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Balor Moore 34 16 139.1 5 7 0 4.84 85 75 79 51
Jesse Jefferson 34 10 116 2 10 1 5.51 75 71 45 43
Mark Lemongello 18 10 83 1 9 0 6.29 64 58 34 40

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Tom Buskey 44 78.2 6 10 7 3.43 33 30 25 44
Dave Freisleben 42 91 2 3 3 4.95 57 50 53 35
Mike Willis 17 26.2 0 3 0 8.44 27 25 16 8
Jackson Todd 12 32.1 0 1 0 5.85 26 21 7 14
Tom Murphy 10 18.1 1 2 0 5.40 11 11 8 6
Dyar Miller 10 15.1 0 0 0 10.57 18 18 5 7
Jerry Garvin 8 22.2 0 1 0 2.78 9 7 10 14
Steve Grilli 1 2.1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 1
Craig Kusick 1 3.2 0 0 0 4.91 2 2 0 0
Steve Luebber 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0

Awards and honorsEdit

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p. 125, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  2. ^ "Mark Eichhorn: Career Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Rico Carty at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Steve Luebber at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b Bobby Brown at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Diamond Dreams, p. 136
  7. ^ Tony Fernández at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Craig Kusick at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=franch_year&team_ID=TOR&year_ID=1979&draft_type=junreg
  10. ^ Ron Shepherd at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Ron Romanick at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ Andre Robertson at Baseball-Reference
  13. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  14. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

ReferencesEdit

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

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