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The 1991 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 15th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses. The team's paid attendance of 4,001,527 led the major leagues, as the Jays became the first team in MLB history to draw four million fans in a season. Toronto lost the ALCS to the eventual world champion Minnesota Twins in five games.

1991 Toronto Blue Jays
1991 AL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record91–71 (.562)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Paul Beeston (CEO)
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Cito Gaston, Gene Tenace
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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OffseasonEdit

On December 4, 1990, the San Diego Padres and Blue Jays made one of the biggest blockbuster deals of the decade. The Padres traded second baseman Roberto Alomar and outfielder Joe Carter to the Blue Jays in exchange for first baseman Fred McGriff and shortstop Tony Fernández. Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick and Padres GM Joe McIlvaine originally talked about just trading Joe Carter for Fred McGriff.[1] The Padres were losing Jack Clark and needed a new first baseman. The Blue Jays had John Olerud ready to take over at first base but were losing outfielder George Bell. Gillick decided to up the ante by trying to get Alomar. Gillick figured that with Garry Templeton in the twilight of his career, Fernández would be an adequate replacement.[1] Alomar feuded with Padres manager Greg Riddoch and the thinking was that Bip Roberts and Joey Cora could platoon at second base.[1] Over the next two seasons, Alomar and Carter would help the Blue Jays win the 1992 World Series and 1993 World Series.

TransactionsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • May 1, 1991: The Blue Jays were part of baseball history, as Nolan Ryan threw his seventh and last no-hitter against them in Arlington.
  • July 1, 1991: Joe Carter was named the AL Player of the Month for the month of June.
  • August 13, 1991: After making 25 consecutive save opportunities, Tom Henke picked up a blown save after Paul Molitor hit a home run in the ninth.
  • October 2, 1991: The Blue Jays clinched the American League East title in a 6-5 walk-off win over the California Angels. Joe Carter hit the game-winning single. The Jays also became the first team to have their season attendance pass the 4 million mark.

Opening Day startersEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 91 71 0.562 46–35 45–36
Boston Red Sox 84 78 0.519 7 43–38 41–40
Detroit Tigers 84 78 0.519 7 49–32 35–46
Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 0.512 8 43–37 40–42
New York Yankees 71 91 0.438 20 39–42 32–49
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 24 33–48 34–47
Cleveland Indians 57 105 0.352 34 30–52 27–53

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1991 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 6–6 4–8 7–6 5–8 4–8 3–10 4–8 5–8 3–9 4–8 9–3 5–8
Boston 5–8 4–8 7–5 9–4 5–8 7–5 7–6 3–9 6–7 8–4 9–3 5–7 9–4
California 6–6 8–4 8–5 7–5 5–7 9–4 6–6 8–5 6–6 1–12 6–7 5–8 6–6
Chicago 8–4 5–7 5–8 6–6 4–8 7–6 7–5 8–5 8–4 7–6 7–6 8–5 7–5
Cleveland 6–7 4–9 5–7 6–6 7–6 4–8 5–8 2–10 6–7 5–7 2–10 4–8 1–12
Detroit 8–5 8–5 7–5 8–4 6–7 8–4 4–9 4–8 8–5 4–8 8–4 6–6 5–8
Kansas City 8–4 5–7 4–9 6–7 8–4 4–8 9–3 6–7 7–5 6–7 7–6 7–6 5–7
Milwaukee 10–3 6–7 6–6 5–7 8–5 9–4 3–9 6–6 6–7 8–4 3–9 7–5 6–7
Minnesota 8–4 9–3 5–8 5–8 10–2 8–4 7–6 6–6 10–2 8–5 9–4 6–7 4–8
New York 8–5 7–6 6–6 4–8 7–6 5–8 5–7 7–6 2–10 6–6 3–9 5–7 6–7
Oakland 9–3 4–8 12–1 6–7 7–5 8–4 7–6 4–8 5–8 6–6 6–7 4–9 6–6
Seattle 8–4 3–9 7–6 6–7 10–2 4–8 6–7 9–3 4–9 9–3 7–6 5–8 5–7
Texas 3–9 7–5 8–5 5–8 8–4 6–6 6–7 5–7 7–6 7–5 9–4 8–5 6–6
Toronto 8–5 4–9 6–6 5–7 12–1 8–5 7–5 7–6 8–4 7–6 6–6 7–5 6–6


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1991 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Manager Cito Gaston was sidelined with a herniated disc [18] from August 21 to September 25. Gene Tenace served as the team's interim manager,[19] going 19–14 and keeping the Jays in first place in the AL East for the duration of Gaston's absence.

Game logEdit

1991 Game Log
1991 Playoff Game Log

All-Star gameEdit

The Blue Jays hosted the 1991 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 62nd Midsummer Classic and was played on July 9 at SkyDome. Roberto Alomar was voted in as the starting second baseman for the American League, while pitcher Jimmy Key and outfielder Joe Carter were named as reserves on the AL team. Key got the win as the American League's All-Stars triumphed over the National League All-Stars, 4-2.

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 Greg Myers 107 309 81 .262 8 36
1B John Olerud 139 454 116 .256 17 68
2B Roberto Alomar 161 637 188 .295 9 69
3B Kelly Gruber 113 429 108 .252 20 65
SS Manuel Lee 138 445 104 .234 0 29
LF Candy Maldonado 52 177 49 .277 7 28
CF Devon White 156 642 181 .282 17 60
RF Joe Carter 162 638 174 .273 33 108
DH Rance Mulliniks 97 240 60 .250 2 24

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Pat Borders 105 291 71 .244 5 36
Mookie Wilson 86 241 58 .241 2 28
Pat Tabler 82 185 40 .216 1 21
Ed Sprague 61 160 44 .275 4 20
Mark Whiten 46 149 33 .221 2 19
Rene Gonzales 71 118 23 .195 1 6
Glenallen Hill 35 99 25 .253 3 11
Rob Ducey 39 68 16 .235 1 4
Cory Snyder 21 49 7 .143 0 6
Dave Parker 13 36 12 .333 0 3

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Todd Stottlemyre 34 219 15 8 3.78 116
Jimmy Key 33 209 16 12 3.05 125
Juan Guzmán 23 138⅔ 10 3 2.99 123
Tom Candiotti 19 129⅔ 6 7 2.98 81
Dave Stieb 9 59⅔ 4 3 3.17 29
Denis Boucher 7 35⅓ 0 3 4.58 16

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Wells 40 198⅓ 15 10 3.72 106
Willie Fraser 13 26⅓ 0 2 6.15 12
Pat Hentgen 3 7⅓ 0 0 2.45 3

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke 49 0 2 32 2.32 53
Duane Ward 81 7 6 23 2.77 132
Mike Timlin 63 11 6 3 3.16 85
Jim Acker 54 3 5 1 5.20 44
Bob MacDonald 45 3 3 0 2.85 24
David Weathers 15 1 0 0 4.91 13
Ken Dayley 8 0 0 0 6.23 3
Vince Horsman 4 0 0 0 0.00 2
Mickey Weston 2 0 0 0 0.00 1

ALCSEdit

Game 1Edit

October 8, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 9 3
Minnesota 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 11 0
W: Jack Morris (1-0)   L: Tom Candiotti (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (1)
HR: None

Game 2Edit

October 9, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 9 0
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 1
W: Juan Guzmán (1-0)   L: Kevin Tapani (0-1)  S: Duane Ward (1)
HR: None

Game 3Edit

October 11, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
Toronto 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
W: Mark Guthrie (1-0)   L: Mike Timlin (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (2)
HR: MINMike Pagliarulo (1)   TORJoe Carter (1)

Game 4Edit

October 12, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 1 1 9 13 1
Toronto 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 11 2
W: Jack Morris (2-0)   L: Todd Stottlemyre (0-1)  
HR: MINKirby Puckett (1)

Game 5Edit

October 13, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 8 14 2
Toronto 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
W: David West (1-0)   L: Duane Ward (0-1)  S: Rick Aguilera (3)
HR: MINKirby Puckett (2)

Award winnersEdit

All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.261, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  2. ^ Jim Eppard at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ken Dayley at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Devon White at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Roberto Alomar at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Pat Tabler at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Paul Kilgus at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Shawn Green at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Jeff Ware at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Dante Powell at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Chris Stynes at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Alex Gonzalez at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Kenny Williams at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Glenallen Hill at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Cory Snyder at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Candy Maldonado at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Dave Parker at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ Press, The Associated (August 22, 1991). "Jays' Manager Is Hospitalized". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "Gene Tenace". www.retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "All-Stars". MLB.com. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "1991 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  22. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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