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The 1990 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 14th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing second in the American League East with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. It was their first full season in the SkyDome, where an MLB attendance record of 3,885,284 was set that year.[1] The Blue Jays led the division by 1½ games over the Boston Red Sox with one week left in the season. However, they then proceeded to drop six of their last eight games, giving the division title to the Red Sox by a two-game margin.

1990 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record86–76 (.531)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Cito Gaston
Local televisionCFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tommy Hutton, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Jim Hughson, Buck Martinez)
Local radioCJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The 1990 season belonged to third baseman Kelly Gruber. He had career highs in home runs and RBIs, with 31 and 118, respectively. Along with outfielder George Bell and pitcher Dave Stieb, Gruber was named an American League All-Star, stealing two bases in the All-Star Game on July 10 at Chicago's Wrigley Field. A finalist for the American League MVP Award, at season's end he was named the AL's Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award winner at third base.

The Blue Jays were involved in two no-hitters during the 1990 season. On June 29, Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics no-hit them by a score of 5–0. On September 2, Jays ace Dave Stieb finally got the no-hitter that had eluded him, blanking the Cleveland Indians 3–0.

Opening Day startersEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 88 74 0.543 51–30 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 2 44–37 42–39
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 9 39–42 40–41
Cleveland Indians 77 85 0.475 11 41–40 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 0.472 11½ 40–40 36–45
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 14 39–42 35–46
New York Yankees 67 95 0.414 21 37–44 30–51

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1990 American League Records

Sources: [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 7–5 6–6 6–7 6–7 8–3 7–6 6–6 6–7 4–8 3–9 8–4 5–8
Boston 9–4 7–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 4–8 5–8 4–8 9–4 4–8 8–4 5–7 10–3
California 5–7 5–7 5–8 7–5 5–7 7–6 7–5 9–4 6–6 4–9 5–8 8–5 7–5
Chicago 6–6 6–6 8–5 5–7 5–7 9–4 10–2 7–6 10–2 8–5 8–5 7–6 5–7
Cleveland 7–6 4–9 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 9–4 7–5 5–8 4–8 7–5 7–5 4–9
Detroit 7–6 5–8 7–5 7–5 8–5 5–7 3–10 6–6 7–6 6–6 7–5 6–6 5–8
Kansas City 3–8 8–4 6–7 4–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 8–5 8–4 4–9 7–6 5–8 5–7
Milwaukee 6–7 8–5 5–7 2–10 4–9 10–3 8–4 4–8 6–7 5–7 4–8 5–7 7–6
Minnesota 6–6 8–4 4–9 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–4 6–6 6–7 6–7 5–8 3–9
New York 7–6 4–9 6–6 2–10 8–5 6–7 4–8 7–6 6–6 0–12 9–3 3–9 5–8
Oakland 8–4 8–4 9–4 5–8 8–4 6–6 9–4 7–5 7–6 12–0 9–4 8–5 7–5
Seattle 9–3 4–8 8–5 5–8 5–7 5–7 6–7 8–4 7–6 3–9 4–9 7–6 6–6
Texas 4–8 7–5 5–8 6–7 5–7 6–6 8–5 7–5 8–5 9–3 5–8 6–7 7–5
Toronto 8–5 3–10 5–7 7–5 9–4 8–5 7–5 6–7 9–3 8–5 5–7 6–6 5–7


Notable transactionsEdit

Eric LindrosEdit

The hype around Eric Lindros during his early career led to an exclusive deal with sports card manufacturer SCORE. Attempting to leverage this arrangement as much as possible, he was even featured on a baseball card showing him as a third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, although he never actually played baseball. He was only there taking batting practice one day.[20]

RosterEdit

Game logEdit

1990 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 Pat Borders 125 346 99 .286 15 49
1B Fred McGriff 153 557 167 .300 35 88
2B Manuel Lee 117 391 95 .243 6 41
3B Kelly Gruber 150 592 162 .274 31 118
SS Tony Fernández 161 635 175 .276 4 66
LF George Bell 142 562 149 .265 21 86
CF Mookie Wilson 147 588 156 .265 3 51
RF Junior Félix 127 463 122 .263 15 65
DH John Olerud 111 358 95 .265 14 48

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Glenallen Hill 84 260 60 .231 12 32
Greg Myers 87 250 59 .236 5 22
Nelson Liriano 50 170 36 .212 1 15
Rance Mulliniks 57 97 28 .289 2 16
Mark Whiten 33 88 12 .273 2 7
Luis Sojo 33 80 18 .225 1 9
Kenny Williams 49 72 14 .194 0 8
Rob Ducey 19 53 16 .302 0 7
Tom Lawless 15 12 1 .083 0 1
Jim Eppard 6 5 1 .200 0 0
Ozzie Virgil 3 5 0 .000 0 0
Carlos Diaz 9 3 1 .333 0 0
Tom Quinlan 1 2 1 .500 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Stieb 33 208⅔ 18 6 2.93 125
Jimmy Key 27 154⅔ 13 7 4.25 88
Todd Stottlemyre 33 203 13 17 4.34 115
John Cerutti 30 140 9 9 4.76 49
Mike Flanagan 5 20⅓ 2 2 5.31 5

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Wells 43 189 11 6 3.14 115
Willie Blair 27 68.2 3 5 4.06 43
John Candelaria 13 21.1 0 3 5.48 19
Bud Black 3 15.2 2 1 4.02 3
Steve Cummings 6 12.1 0 0 5.11 4

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke 61 2 4 32 2.17 75
Duane Ward 73 2 8 11 3.45 112
Jim Acker 59 4 4 1 3.83 54
Frank Wills 44 6 4 0 4.73 72
Paul Kilgus 11 0 0 0 6.06 7
Al Leiter 4 0 0 0 0.00 5
Bob MacDonald 4 0 0 0 0.00 0
Tom Gilles 2 1 0 0 6.75 0
Rick Luecken 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

Award winnersEdit

All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BLUE JAYS TIMELINE (1990–1999)". The Official Site of The Toronto Blue Jays. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Sil Campusano at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Steve Wapnick at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mike Maksudian at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Paul Kilgus at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Ricky Trlicek at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Tilson Brito at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Jim Eppard at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Mike Flanagan at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Baseball Draft: 1st Round of the 1990 June Draft Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ Chris Weinke News – The New York Times – Narrowed by 'TORONTO BLUE JAYS'
  12. ^ Felipe Crespo at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Howard Battle at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Ricardo Jordan at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Kenny Williams at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ John Candelaria at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Bud Black at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ Rich Butler at Baseball Reference
  19. ^ Rob Butler at Baseball Reference
  20. ^ [1], The Baseball Card Project, accessed August 31, 2006
  21. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  22. ^ [2]
  23. ^ 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
1989 Toronto Blue Jays season
1990 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1990
Succeeded by
1991 Toronto Blue Jays season