1985 Toronto Blue Jays season
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|
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
|General manager(s)||Pat Gillick|
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Ken Singleton, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
|Local radio||CJCL (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.
- December 3, 1984: Rule 5 draft
- December 8, 1984: Alfredo Griffin, Dave Collins, and cash were traded by the Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics for Bill Caudill.
- January 24, 1985: Tom Henke was chosen by the Blue Jays from the Texas Rangers as a Free Agent compensation pick.
- January 26, 1985: Jim Gott, Augie Schmidt (minors), and Jack McKnight (minors) were traded by the Blue Jays to the San Francisco Giants for Gary Lavelle.
- April 27, 1985: Willie Aikens hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.
- 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.
- Dave Stieb led the American League with a 2.48 ERA and pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings.
|Toronto Blue Jays||99||62||0.615||—||54–26||45–36|
|New York Yankees||97||64||0.602||2||58–22||39–42|
|Boston Red Sox||81||81||0.500||18½||43–37||38–44|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1985 American League Records
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- May 31, 1985: Pedro Muñoz was signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent.
- June 3, 1985: 1985 Major League Baseball draft
- The Blue Jays drafted outfielder Greg David with the twenty-fifth overall pick in the 1985 Draft.
- Jim Abbott was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 36th round, but did not sign.
- Todd Stottlemyre was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the (Secondary Phase). Player signed August 12, 1985.
- June 22, 1985: Mitch Webster was traded by the Blue Jays to the Montreal Expos for a player to be named later. The Expos completed the deal by sending Cliff Young to the Blue Jays on September 10.
- July 9, 1985: Len Matuszek was traded by the Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Al Oliver.
- August 28, 1985: The Blue Jays traded players to be named later to the Texas Rangers for Cliff Johnson. The Blue Jays completed the deal by sending Matt Williams and Jeff Mays (minors) to the Rangers on August 29, and Greg Ferlenda (minors) to the Rangers on November 14.
- September 15, 1985: Junior Félix was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent.
- September 17, 1985: Francisco Cabrera was signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent.
|1985 Toronto Blue Jays|
|1985 Game Log (99–62)|
|1985 Playoff Game Log|
1985 American League Championship Series vs. Kansas City Royals – Royals wins series 4–3
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|
October 8, Exhibition Stadium
|W: Dave Stieb (1-0) L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1)|
October 9, Exhibition Stadium
|W: Tom Henke (1-0) L: Dan Quisenberry (0-1)|
|HRs: KCR: Willie Wilson (1) Pat Sheridan (1)|
October 11, Royals Stadium
|W: Steve Farr (1-0) L: Jim Clancy (0-1)|
|HRs: KCR – George Brett 2 (2) Jim Sundberg (1) TOR: Jesse Barfield (1) Rance Mulliniks (1)|
October 12, Royals Stadium
|W: Tom Henke (2-0) L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-2)|
October 13, Royals Stadium
|W: Danny Jackson (1-0) L: Jimmy Key (0-1)|
October 15, Exhibition Stadium
|W: Mark Gubicza (1-0) L: Doyle Alexander (0-1) S: Dan Quisenberry (1)|
|HRs: KCR – George Brett (3)|
October 16, Exhibition Stadium
|W: Charlie Leibrandt (1-2) L: Dave Stieb (1-1)|
|HRs: KCR – Pat Sheridan (2)|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Jesse Barfield, American League Leader in Outfield Assists (22)
- George Bell, Silver Slugger Award
- Bobby Cox, American League Manager of the Year Award
- Bobby Cox, The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award
- Dave Stieb, Pitcher of the Month Award, May
- Dave Stieb, American League ERA Champion, 2.48
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Florence
- Manuel Lee at Baseball Reference
- Lou Thornton at Baseball Reference
- Bill Caudill at Baseball Reference
- Tom Henke at Baseball Reference
- Gary Lavelle at Baseball Reference
- Home Run in Last At Bat by Baseball Almanac
- Pedro Munoz at Baseball Reference
- Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.84, Published by Time Inc.
- Jim Abbott at Baseball Reference
- Todd Stottlemyre at Baseball Reference
- Cliff Young at Baseball Reference
- Al Oliver at Baseball Reference
- Matt Williams at Baseball Reference
- Junior Felix at Baseball Reference
- Francisco Cabrera at Baseball Reference
- Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007