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The 1983 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's seventh season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing fourth in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses. It was the franchise's first winning season, and it started a streak of 11 consecutive winning seasons. It was the team's first season to use the song "OK Blue Jays" in the seventh-inning stretch.

1983 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record89–73 (.549)
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Bobby Cox
Local televisionCFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
Local radioCJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • Willie Upshaw became the first Blue Jay to get over 100 RBIs with 104
  • On August 4, 1983, New York Yankee Dave Winfield, while warming up before the 5th inning of a game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown ball. He doffed his cap in mock sorrow. Fans responded by hurling obscenities and improvised missiles. After the game, he was brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and was forced to post a $500 bond before being released. Quipped Yankees manager Billy Martin, "It's the first time he's hit the cutoff man." The charges were dropped the following day.[3] For years afterward Winfield's appearances in Toronto were greeted with loud choruses of boos, but he later became a fan favorite when he joined the team in 1992.

Opening Day startersEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 0.605 50–31 48–33
Detroit Tigers 92 70 0.568 6 48–33 44–37
New York Yankees 91 71 0.562 7 51–30 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549 9 48–33 41–40
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 11 52–29 35–46
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 20 38–43 40–41
Cleveland Indians 70 92 0.432 28 36–45 34–47

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1983 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 7–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 8–4 11–2 8–4 6–7 8–4 8–4 9–3 7–6
Boston 5–8 6–6 6–6 7–6 4–9 5–7 4–9 5–7 7–6 8–4 7–5 7–5 7–6
California 5–7 6–6 3–10 8–4 4–8 6–7 6–6 6–7 5–7 5–8 6–7 6–7 4–8
Chicago 5–7 6–6 10–3 8–4 8–4 9–4 4–8 8–5 8–4 8–5 12–1 8–5 5–7
Cleveland 7–6 6–7 4–8 4–8 5–8 7–5 3–10 6–6 6–7 7–5 8–4 3–9 4–9
Detroit 8–5 9–4 8–4 4–8 8–5 7–5 6–7 9–3 5–8 6–6 8–4 8–4 6–7
Kansas City 4–8 7–5 7–6 4–9 5–7 5–7 6–6 6–7 6–6 7–6 8–5 8–5–1 6–6
Milwaukee 2–11 9–4 6–6 8–4 10–3 7–6 6–6 8–4 4–9 6–6 5–7 8–4 8–5
Minnesota 4–8 7–5 7–6 5–8 6–6 3–9 7–6 4–8 4–8 4–9 9–4 5–8 5–7
New York 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 7–6 8–5 6–6 9–4 8–4 8–4 7–5 7–5 7–6
Oakland 4–8 4–8 8–5 5–8 5–7 6–6 6–7 6–6 9–4 4–8 9–4 2–11 6–6
Seattle 4–8 5–7 7–6 1–12 4–8 4–8 5–8 7–5 4–9 5–7 4–9 6–7 4–8
Texas 3–9 5–7 7–6 5–8 9–3 4–8 5–8–1 4–8 8–5 5–7 11–2 7–6 4–8
Toronto 6–7 6–7 8–4 7–5 9–4 7–6 6–6 5–8 7–5 6–7 6–6 8–4 8–4


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1983 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

1983 Game Log

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 Ernie Whitt 123 344 53 88 15 2 .256 17 56 1
1B Willie Upshaw 160 579 99 177 26 7 .306 27 104 10
2B Dámaso García 131 525 84 161 23 6 .307 3 38 31
3B Rance Mulliniks 129 364 54 100 34 3 .275 10 49 0
SS Alfredo Griffin 162 528 62 132 22 9 .250 4 47 8
LF Dave Collins 118 402 55 109 12 4 .271 1 34 31
CF Lloyd Moseby 151 539 104 170 31 7 .315 18 81 27
RF Jesse Barfield 128 388 58 98 13 3 .253 27 68 2
DH Cliff Johnson 142 407 59 108 23 1 .265 22 76 0

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
Garth Iorg 122 375 40 103 22 5 .275 2 39 7
Barry Bonnell 121 377 49 120 21 3 .318 10 54 10
Jorge Orta 103 245 30 58 6 3 .237 10 38 1
Buck Martinez 88 221 27 56 14 0 .253 10 33 0
George Bell 39 112 5 30 5 4 .268 2 17 1
Hosken Powell 40 83 6 14 0 0 .169 1 7 2
Mickey Klutts 22 43 3 11 0 0 .256 3 5 0
Tony Fernández 15 34 5 9 1 1 .265 0 2 0
Mitch Webster 11 11 2 2 0 0 .182 0 0 0
Geno Petralli 6 4 0 0 0 0 .000 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
Dave Stieb 36 36 278 17 12 3.04 105 94 93 187
Jim Clancy 34 34 223 15 11 3.91 115 97 61 99
Luis Leal 35 35 217.1 13 12 4.31 113 104 65 116
Jim Gott 34 30 176.2 9 14 4.74 103 93 68 121
Doyle Alexander 17 15 116.2 7 6 3.93 55 51 26 46
Matt Williams 4 3 8 1 1 14.63 13 13 7 5

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Jim Acker 38 5 97.2 5 1 1 4.33 52 47 38 44
Mike Morgan 16 4 45.1 0 3 0 5.16 26 26 21 22

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA IP R ER BB K
Joey McLaughlin 50 64.2 7 4 9 4.45 33 32 37 47
Roy Lee Jackson 49 92 8 3 7 4.50 48 46 41 48
Dave Geisel 47 52.1 0 3 5 4.64 28 27 31 50
Randy Moffitt 45 57.1 6 2 10 3.77 27 24 24 38
Stan Clarke 10 11 1 1 0 3.27 4 4 5 7
Don Cooper 4 5.1 0 0 0 6.75 4 4 0 5

Award winnersEdit

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Fred McGriff at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kluttmi01.shtml
  3. ^ Jane, Gross (August 6, 1983). "Winfield charges will be dropped". The New York Times. p. 1.29.
  4. ^ Cecil Fielder at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Webster Garrison at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Doyle Alexander at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  8. ^ 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

External linksEdit

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1982 Toronto Blue Jays season
1983 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1983
Succeeded by
1984 Toronto Blue Jays season