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The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 16th season of Major League Baseball. Toronto finished first in the American League East for the fourth time with a record of 96 wins and 66 losses, closing the season with an attendance record of 4,028,318.[1] Toronto was not swept in a single series all year, becoming the first team in 49 years to accomplish the feat.[2]

1992 Toronto Blue Jays
1992 AL East Champions
1992 AL Champions
1992 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record96–66 (.592)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Labatt Breweries, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Paul Beeston (CEO)
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Cito Gaston
Local televisionCFTO-TV 9
(Don Chevrier, Tommy Hutton, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Jim Hughson, Buck Martinez)
Local radioCJCL–AM 1430
(Tom Cheek, Jerry Howarth)
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In the American League Championship Series, the Blue Jays defeated the Oakland Athletics in six games for their first American League pennant in four tries. In the World Series, Toronto faced the Atlanta Braves, who had won their second straight National League pennant, but lost the previous year's World Series. The Blue Jays prevailed in six games, becoming the first non-U.S.-based team to win a World Series.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

  • October 28, 1991: Cory Snyder was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.[3]
  • December 12, 1991: Eric Plunk was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.[4]
  • December 18, 1991: The Blue Jays sign pitcher Jack Morris as a free agent.[5]
  • December 19, 1991: Dave Winfield was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.[6]
  • March 27, 1992: Eric Plunk was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.[4]

Spring trainingEdit

The Toronto Blue Jays spent their 16th spring training at Dunedin, Florida, while playing their home exhibition games at Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field for the 3rd spring training season.

Regular seasonEdit

Despite their post-season success, the Blue Jays had many ups and downs during the regular season. The Jays started off winning the first six games of the regular season and Roberto Alomar was named the AL Player of the Month for the month of April.

On August 25, they had lost six of their last seven games and were only two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the standings.[7] At this point, general manager Pat Gillick decided to acquire a fiery right-hander from the New York Mets named David Cone. The trade resulted in the Jays sending minor league prospect Ryan Thompson and utility infielder Jeff Kent to the Mets.[8] The deal sent the message that the Blue Jays were committed to winning. Cone would have 4 wins, 3 losses and a 2.55 ERA.[9]

The regular season also marked the end of the road for Dave Stieb, who made his last start for the Blue Jays on August 8 and only lasted three innings.[10] On September 23, Stieb announced that he was finished for the season. 1992 was Stieb's final season for the Jays before briefly coming out of retirement years later.

Four days later, on September 27, Jack Morris would make club history by becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games in a season. Morris would have to wait through a two-hour rain delay at Yankee Stadium to get the win.[10]

Heading into the last weekend of the season, only the Milwaukee Brewers were still in contention. Led by manager Phil Garner, the Brewers had won 22 of 29 games since August 29.[1] The Brewers trailed the Blue Jays by 2 games, and the Jays were heading into a weekend series vs. the Detroit Tigers. On October 3, Juan Guzmán had a one-hitter through eight innings and Duane Ward picked up the save as the Jays won the game 3-1 and clinched the American League East Division title.[1]

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 0.593 53–28 43–38
Milwaukee Brewers 92 70 0.568 4 53–28 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 0.549 7 43–38 46–35
Cleveland Indians 76 86 0.469 20 41–40 35–46
New York Yankees 76 86 0.469 20 41–40 35–46
Detroit Tigers 75 87 0.463 21 38–42 37–45
Boston Red Sox 73 89 0.451 23 44–37 29–52
Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 5–2 3–3 8–5
Boston Red Sox 3–3 3–4 6–7
Cleveland Indians 4–3 3–3 7–6
Detroit Tigers 4–2 4–3 8–5
Milwaukee Brewers 3–3 2–5 5–8
New York Yankees 6–1 5–1 11–2
AL West
California Angels 5–1 2–4 7–5
Chicago White Sox 5–1 2–4 7–5
Kansas City Royals 4–2 3–3 7–5
Minnesota Twins 4–2 3–3 7–5
Oakland Athletics 3–3 3–3 6–6
Seattle Mariners 3–3 5–1 8–4
Texas Rangers 4–2 5–1 9–3
Grand Totals 53–28 43–38 96–66
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
April 23 16 7 .696
May 27 15 12 .556
June 26 14 12 .538
July 26 16 10 .615
August 30 14 16 .467
September 27 18 9 .667
October 3 3 0 1.000
Totals 162 96 66 .593

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1992 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 8–4 6–6 7–6 10–3 8–4 6–7 6–6 5–8 6–6 7–5 7–5 5–8
Boston 5–8 8–4 6–6 6–7 4–9 7–5 5–8 3–9 7–6 5–7 6–6 4–8 7–6
California 4–8 4–8 3–10 6–6 7–5 8–5 5–7 2–11 7–5 5–8 7–6 9–4 5–7
Chicago 6–6 6–6 10–3 7–5 10–2 7–6 5–7 8–5 8–4 5–8 4–9 5–8 5–7
Cleveland 6–7 7–6 6–6 5–7 5–8 5–7 5–8 6–6 7–6 6–6 7–5 5–7 6–7
Detroit 3–10 9–4 5–7 2–10 8–5 7–5 5–8 3–9 5–8 6–6 9–3 8–4 5–8
Kansas City 4–8 5–7 5–8 6–7 7–5 5–7 7–5 6–7 5–7 4–9 7–6 6–7 5–7
Milwaukee 7–6 8–5 7–5 7–5 8–5 8–5 5–7 6–6 6–7 7–5 8–4 7–5 8–5
Minnesota 6–6 9–3 11–2 5–8 6–6 9–3 7–6 6–6 7–5 5–8 8–5 6–7 5–7
New York 8–5 6–7 5–7 4–8 6–7 8–5 7–5 7–6 5–7 6–6 6–6 6–6 2–11
Oakland 6–6 7–5 8–5 8–5 6–6 6–6 9–4 5–7 8–5 6–6 12–1 9–4 6–6
Seattle 5–7 6–6 6–7 9–4 5–7 3–9 6–7 4–8 5–8 6–6 1–12 4–9 4–8
Texas 5–7 8–4 4–9 8–5 7–5 4–8 7–6 5–7 7–6 6–6 4–9 9–4 3–9
Toronto 8–5 6–7 7–5 7–5 7–6 8–5 7–5 5–8 7–5 11–2 6–6 8–4 9–3


Opening Day startersEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1992 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game LogEdit

Legend
Blue Jays win Blue Jays loss Game postponed
1992 Game Log: 96–66 (Home: 53–28; Road: 43–38)[17]

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 138 480 116 .242 13 53
1B John Olerud 138 458 130 .284 16 66
2B Roberto Alomar 152 571 177 .310 8 76
3B Kelly Gruber 120 446 102 .229 11 43
SS Manuel Lee 128 396 104 .263 3 39
LF Candy Maldonado 137 489 133 .272 20 66
CF Devon White 153 641 159 .248 17 60
RF Joe Carter 158 622 164 .264 34 119
DH Dave Winfield 156 583 169 .290 26 108

Other battersEdit

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jeff Kent 65 192 46 .240 8 35
Derek Bell 61 161 39 .242 2 12
Alfredo Griffin 63 150 35 .233 0 10
Pat Tabler 49 135 34 .252 0 16
Greg Myers 22 61 14 .230 1 13
Ed Sprague 22 47 11 .234 1 7
Turner Ward 18 29 10 .345 1 3
Rob Ducey 23 21 1 .048 0 0
Randy Knorr 8 19 5 .263 1 2
Tom Quinlan 13 15 1 .067 0 2
Domingo Martinez 7 8 5 .625 1 3
Eddie Zosky 8 7 2 .286 0 1
Mike Maksudian 3 3 0 .000 0 0
Rance Mulliniks 3 2 1 .500 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Morris 34 240.2 21 6 4.04 132
Jimmy Key 33 216.2 13 13 3.53 117
Juan Guzmán 28 180.2 16 5 2.64 165
Todd Stottlemyre 28 174 12 11 4.50 98
Dave Stieb 21 96.1 4 6 5.04 45
David Cone 8 53 4 3 2.55 47

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Wells 41 120 7 9 5.40 62
Doug Linton 8 24 1 3 8.63 16

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke 57 3 2 34 2.26 46
Duane Ward 79 7 4 12 1.95 103
Pat Hentgen 28 5 2 0 5.36 39
Bob MacDonald 27 1 0 0 4.37 26
Mike Timlin 26 0 2 1 4.12 35
Mark Eichhorn 23 2 0 0 4.35 19
David Weathers 2 0 0 0 8.10 3
Ricky Trlicek 2 0 0 0 10.80 1
Al Leiter 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

PostseasonEdit

American League Championship SeriesEdit

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the series with a three-man pitching rotation of Jack Morris, David Cone, and Juan Guzmán.[18]

Game 1Edit

October 7, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 1
Toronto 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 9 0
W: Jeff Russell (1-0)   L: Jack Morris (0-1)  S: Dennis Eckersley (1)
HR: OAKMark McGwire (1) Terry Steinbach (1) Harold Baines (1)   TORPat Borders (1) Dave Winfield (1)

Game 2Edit

October 8, Skydome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 X 3 4 0
W: David Cone (1-0)   L: Mike Moore (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (1)
HR: TORKelly Gruber (1)

Game 3Edit

October 10, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 7 9 1
Oakland 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 5 13 3
W: Juan Guzmán (1-0)   L: Ron Darling (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (2)
HR: TORRoberto Alomar (1) Candy Maldonado (1)

Game 4Edit

October 11, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

The defining moment of the Series came in the ninth inning of Game 4, when Toronto second baseman Roberto Alomar hit a game-tying 2-run home run off Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley. The Blue Jays would eventually win the game 7-6 in 11 innings and take a 3-1 series lead.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 7 17 4
Oakland 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 2
W: Duane Ward (1-0)   L: Kelly Downs (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (3)
HR: TORJohn Olerud (1) Roberto Alomar (2)

Game 5Edit

October 12, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 3
Oakland 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 X 6 8 0
W: Dave Stewart (1-0)   L: David Cone (1-1)
HR: OAKRubén Sierra (1)   TORDave Winfield (2)

Game 6Edit

October 14, Skydome

With their victory in game 6, the 1992 Blue Jays became the first non-American-based team to go to the World Series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 7 1
Toronto 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 2 X 9 13 0
W: Juan Guzmán (2-0)   L: Mike Moore (0-2)
HR: TORJoe Carter (1) Candy Maldonado (2)

World SeriesEdit

Game 1Edit

October 17, 1992, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 3 4 0
W: Tom Glavine (1-0)   L: Jack Morris (0-1)  
HR: TORJoe Carter (1)  ATLDamon Berryhill (1)

Game 2Edit

October 18, 1992, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 5 9 2
Atlanta 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 5 1
W: Duane Ward (1-0)   L: Jeff Reardon (0-1)  S: Tom Henke (1)
HR: TOREd Sprague (1)

Game 3Edit

October 20, 1992, at SkyDome in Toronto

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 9 0
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 6 1
W: Duane Ward (2-0)   L: Steve Avery (0-1)  
HR: TORJoe Carter (2), Kelly Gruber (1)

Game 4Edit

October 21, 1992, at SkyDome in Toronto

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
W: Jimmy Key (1-0)   L: Tom Glavine (1-1)  S: Tom Henke (2)
HR: TORPat Borders (1)

Game 5Edit

October 22, 1992, at SkyDome in Toronto

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 13 0
Toronto 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
W: John Smoltz (1-0)   L: Jack Morris (0-2)  S: Mike Stanton (1)
HR: ATLDavid Justice (1), Lonnie Smith (1)

Game 6Edit

October 24, 1992, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Toronto 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 14 1
Atlanta 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 1
W: Jimmy Key (2-0)   L: Charlie Leibrandt (0-1)  S: Mike Timlin (1)
HR: TORCandy Maldonado (1)

Postseason Game LogEdit

Legend
Blue Jays win Blue Jays loss Game postponed
1992 Playoff Game Log

Award winnersEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Roberto Alomar AL Player of the Week April 20–26, 1992
Player of the Month Award April 1992
Silver Slugger Award November 1992
Gold Glove Award November 1992
Joe Carter AL Player of the Week June 8–14, 1992
AL Player of the Week August 10–16, 1992
Devon White Gold Glove Award November 1992
Dave Winfield Silver Slugger Award November 1992
Babe Ruth Award November 1992
Playoffs
Player Award Awarded
Roberto Alomar ALCS MVP October 1992
Pat Borders World Series MVP October 1992

The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays were inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.[19]

63rd MLB All-Star GameEdit

Infielders

Pos # Player League AB H RBI
2B 12 Roberto Alomar American League
Starter
3 1 0

Outfielders

Pos # Player League AB H RBI
RF 29 Joe Carter American League
Starter
3 2 1

Pitchers

# Player League IP SO
66 Juan Guzmán American League 1 2[20]

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

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