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The 1988 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 12th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing third in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses. This was the team's last full season at Exhibition Stadium before moving to their new home in June of the following year.

1988 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record87–75 (.537)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Jimy Williams
Local televisionCFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Fergie Olver, Buck Martinez)
Local radioCJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • April 4, 1988: George Bell set a major league record for the most home runs hit on Opening Day, with three.[4] Bell accomplished this in a game versus the Kansas City Royals.
  • September 24 and 30, 1988: Dave Stieb had two consecutive no-hitters broken up in the ninth inning with two outs and two strikes.

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 53–28 36–45
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 1 50–31 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 2 47–34 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 87 75 0.537 2 45–36 42–39
New York Yankees 85 76 0.528 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 78 84 0.481 11 44–37 34–47
Baltimore Orioles 54 107 0.335 34½ 34–46 20–61

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1988 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 4–9 5–7 4–7 4–9 5–8 0–12 4–9 3–9 3–10 4–8 7–5 6–6 5–8
Boston 9–4 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–7 6–6 10–3 7–5 9–4 3–9 6–6 8–4 2–11
California 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4 5–7 5–8 3–9 4–9 6–6 4–9 6–7 8–5 6–6
Chicago 7–4 5–7 4–9 3–9 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–9 3–9 5–8 9–4 8–5 7–5
Cleveland 9–4 5–8 4–8 9–3 4–9 6–6 9–4 5–7 6–7 4–8 5–7 6–6 6–7
Detroit 8–5 7–6 7–5 9–3 9–4 8–4 5–8 1–11 8–5 4–8 9–3 8–4 5–8
Kansas City 12–0 6–6 8–5 6–7 6–6 4–8 3–9 7–6 6–6 8–5 7–5 7–6 4–8
Milwaukee 9–4 3–10 9–3 6–6 4–9 8–5 9–3 7–5 6–7 3–9 8–4 8–4 7–6
Minnesota 9–3 5–7 9–4 9–4 7–5 11–1 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–8 8–5 7–6 7–5
New York 10–3 4–9 6–6 9–3 7–6 5–8 6–6 7–6 9–3 6–6 5–7 5–6 6–7
Oakland 8–4 9–3 9–4 8–5 8–4 8–4 5–8 9–3 8–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 9–3
Seattle 5–7 6–6 7–6 4–9 7–5 3–9 5–7 4–8 5–8 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Texas 6–6 4–8 5–8 5–8 6–6 4–8 6–7 4–8 6–7 6–5 5–8 7–6 6–6
Toronto 8–5 11–2 6–6 5–7 7–6 8–5 8–4 6–7 5–7 7–6 3–9 7–5 6–6


Notable transactionsEdit

  • June 1, 1988: David Weathers was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1988.

RosterEdit

1988 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

1988 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 127 398 100 .251 16 70
1B Fred McGriff 154 536 151 .282 34 82
2B Manuel Lee 116 381 111 .291 2 38
3B Kelly Gruber 158 569 158 .278 16 81
SS Tony Fernández 154 648 186 .287 5 70
LF George Bell 156 614 165 .269 24 97
CF Lloyd Moseby 128 472 113 .239 10 42
RF Jesse Barfield 137 468 114 .244 18 56
DH Rance Mulliniks 119 337 101 .300 12 48

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Nelson Liriano 99 276 73 .264 3 23
Rick Leach 87 199 55 .276 0 23
Cecil Fielder 74 174 40 .230 9 23
Pat Borders 56 154 42 .273 5 21
Sil Campusano 73 132 41 .218 2 12
Juan Beníquez 27 58 17 .293 1 8
Rob Ducey 27 54 17 .315 0 6
Sal Butera 23 60 14 .233 1 6
Alexis Infante 19 15 3 .200 0 0
Lou Thornton 11 2 0 .000 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Flanagan 34 211 13 13 4.18 99
Dave Stieb 32 207⅓ 16 8 3.04 147
Jim Clancy 36 196⅓ 11 13 4.49 118
Jimmy Key 21 131⅓ 12 5 3.29 65
Todd Stottlemyre 28 98 4 8 5.69 67
Jeff Musselman 15 85 8 5 3.18 39

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Cerutti 46 123⅔ 6 7 3.13 65
José Núñez 13 29⅓ 0 1 3.07 18

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke 52 4 4 25 2.91 66
Duane Ward 64 9 3 15 3.30 91
David Wells 41 3 5 4 4.62 56
Mark Eichhorn 37 0 3 1 4.19 28
Tony Castillo 14 1 0 0 3.00 14
Frank Wills 10 0 0 0 5.23 19
Doug Bair 10 0 0 0 4.05 8
Mark Ross 3 0 0 0 4.91 4

Awards and recordsEdit

All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mark Ross at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Sal Butera at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Willie Upshaw at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ SI.com - Statitudes - Statitudes: Opening Day 2002, By the Numbers - Sunday March 30, 2003 01:50 AM
  5. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  6. ^ 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

Preceded by
1987 Toronto Blue Jays season
1988 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1988
Succeeded by
1989 Toronto Blue Jays season