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The 1985 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's ninth season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 99 wins and 62 losses. The win total of 99 is a franchise record, and the division title was the franchise's first.

1985 Toronto Blue Jays
1985 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record99–62 (.615)
Divisional place1st
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)
The Sports Network
(Ken Singleton, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
Local radioCJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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Despite having the second-best record in Major League Baseball, the Blue Jays collapsed in the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals, blowing a 3–1 series lead and losing in seven games.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • April 27, 1985: Willie Aikens hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.[6]
  • July 9, 1985: In a game between the Blue Jays and the Mariners at Seattle, Buck Martinez executed a double play by tagging out two runners at home plate. In the third inning, Phil Bradley was on second when Gorman Thomas singled. Bradley was tagged out at home, on a throw from Jesse Barfield to Martinez. There was a collision between Bradley and Martinez – Martinez broke his ankle. Martinez was sitting on the ground in agony and threw the ball to third base in an attempt to tag out Gorman Thomas. The throw went into left field and Thomas ran towards home plate. Toronto left fielder George Bell threw the ball back to Martinez. He was still seated on the ground in pain but was able to tag Gorman Thomas for the out. Martinez tagged out both runners at home plate.[7]
  • Dave Stieb led the American League with a 2.48 ERA and pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings.

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 99 62 0.615 54–26 45–36
New York Yankees 97 64 0.602 2 58–22 39–42
Detroit Tigers 84 77 0.522 15 44–37 40–40
Baltimore Orioles 83 78 0.516 16 45–36 38–42
Boston Red Sox 81 81 0.500 18½ 43–37 38–44
Milwaukee Brewers 71 90 0.441 28 40–40 31–50
Cleveland Indians 60 102 0.370 39½ 38–43 22–59

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1985 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 5–8 7–5 8–4 8–5 6–7 6–6 9–4 6–6 1–12 7–5 6–6 10–2 4–8
Boston 8–5 5–7 4–8–1 8–5 6–7 5–7 5–8 7–5 5–8 8–4 6–6 5–7 9–4
California 5–7 7–5 8–5 8–4 8–4 4–9 9–3 9–4 3–9 6–7 9–4 9–4 5–7
Chicago 4–8 8–4–1 5–8 10–2 6–6 5–8 5–7 6–7 6–6 8–5 9–4 10–3 3–9
Cleveland 5–8 5–8 4–8 2–10 5–8 2–10 7–6 4–8 6–7 3–9 6–6 7–5 4–9
Detroit 7–6 7–6 4–8 6–6 8–5 5–7 9–4 3–9 9–3 8–4 5–7 7–5 6–7
Kansas City 6–6 7–5 9–4 8–5 10–2 7–5 8–4 7–6 5–7 8–5 3–10 6–7 7–5
Milwaukee 4–9 8–5 3–9 7–5 6–7 4–9 4–8 9–3 7–6 3–9 4–8 8–3 4–9
Minnesota 6–6 5–7 4–9 7–6 8–4 9–3 6–7 3–9 3–9 8–5 6–7 8–5 4–8
New York 12–1 8–5 9–3 6–6 7–6 3–9 7–5 6–7 9–3 7–5 9–3 8–4 6–7
Oakland 5–7 4–8 7–6 5–8 9–3 4–8 5–8 9–3 5–8 5–7 8–5 6–7 5–7
Seattle 6–6 6–6 4–9 4–9 6–6 7–5 10–3 8–4 7–6 3–9 5–8 6–7 2–10
Texas 2–10 7–5 4–9 3–10 5–7 5–7 7–6 3–8 5–8 4–8 7–6 7–6 3–9
Toronto 8–4 4–9 7–5 9–3 9–4 7–6 5–7 9–4 8–4 7–6 7–5 10–2 9–3


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1985 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

1985 Game Log (99–62)
  • A MLB Players strike forced the cancellation of all regular season games on August 6 and 7. Most games were made up later in the season.
1985 Playoff Game Log

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

= Indicates team leader
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Ernie Whitt 139 412 101 .245 19 64
1B Willie Upshaw 148 501 138 .275 15 65
2B Dámaso García 146 600 169 .282 8 65
3B Rance Mulliniks 129 366 108 .295 10 57
SS Tony Fernández 161 564 163 .289 2 51
LF George Bell 157 607 167 .275 28 95
CF Lloyd Moseby 152 584 151 .259 18 70
RF Jesse Barfield 155 539 156 .289 27 84
DH Jeff Burroughs 86 191 49 .257 6 28

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Garth Iorg 131 288 90 .313 7 37
Al Oliver 61 187 47 .251 5 23
Len Matuszek 62 151 32 .212 2 15
Buck Martinez 42 99 16 .162 4 14
Cecil Fielder 30 74 23 .311 4 16
Cliff Johnson 24 73 20 .274 1 10
Lou Thornton 56 72 17 .236 1 8
Manuel Lee 64 40 8 .200 0 0
Rick Leach 16 35 7 .200 0 1
Ron Shepherd 38 35 4 .114 0 1
Gary Allenson 14 34 4 .118 0 3
Willie Aikens 11 20 4 .200 1 5
Steve Nicosia 6 15 4 .267 0 1
Kelly Gruber 5 13 3 .231 0 1
Jeff Hearron 4 7 1 .143 0 0
Mitch Webster 4 1 0 .000 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Stieb 36 265 14 13 2.48 167
Doyle Alexander 36 260.2 17 10 3.45 142
Jimmy Key 35 212.2 14 6 3.00 85
Jim Clancy 23 128.2 9 6 3.78 66
Luis Leal 15 67.1 3 6 5.75 33
Tom Filer 11 48.2 7 0 3.88 24

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ron Musselman 25 52.1 3 0 4.47 29
Steve Davis 10 28 2 1 3.54 22
John Cerutti 4 6.2 0 2 5.40 5

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Bill Caudill 67 69.1 4 6 14 2.99 46
Gary Lavelle 69 72.2 5 7 8 3.10 50
Jim Acker 61 86.1 7 2 10 3.23 42
Dennis Lamp 53 105.2 11 0 2 3.32 68
Tom Henke 28 40 3 3 13 2.03 42
Stan Clarke 4 4 0 0 0 4.50 2

ALCSEdit

Game 1Edit

October 8, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Toronto 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 X 6 11 0
W: Dave Stieb (1-0)  L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game 2Edit

October 9, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 10 3
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 6 10 0
W: Tom Henke (1-0)  L: Dan Quisenberry (0-1)  
HRs: KCR: Willie Wilson (1)  Pat Sheridan (1)

Game 3Edit

October 11, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 5 13 1
Kansas City 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 X 6 10 1
W: Steve Farr (1-0)   L: Jim Clancy (0-1)  
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett 2 (2)  Jim Sundberg (1)  TOR:  Jesse Barfield (1)  Rance Mulliniks (1)

Game 4Edit

October 12, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0
W: Tom Henke (2-0)   L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-2)  
HRs: None

Game 5Edit

October 13, Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Kansas City 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 8 0
W: Danny Jackson (1-0)   L: Jimmy Key (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game 6Edit

October 15, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 8 1
Toronto 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 2
W: Mark Gubicza (1-0)   L: Doyle Alexander (0-1)  S: Dan Quisenberry (1)
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett (3)

Game 7Edit

October 16, Exhibition Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 6 8 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 8 1
W: Charlie Leibrandt (1-2)   L: Dave Stieb (1-1)  
HRs: KCRPat Sheridan (2)

Awards and honorsEdit

All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Manuel Lee at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Lou Thornton at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bill Caudill at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Tom Henke at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Gary Lavelle at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Home Run in Last At Bat by Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ http://members.tripod.com/bb_catchers/catchers/doubletag2.htm
  8. ^ Pedro Munoz at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.84, Published by Time Inc.
  10. ^ Jim Abbott at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Todd Stottlemyre at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Cliff Young at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Al Oliver at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Matt Williams at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Junior Felix at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Francisco Cabrera at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  18. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External linksEdit