2002 Toronto Blue Jays season
The 2002 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 26th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing third in the American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses.
|2002 Toronto Blue Jays|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||J. P. Ricciardi|
|Manager(s)||Buck Martinez, Carlos Tosca|
|Local television||CBC Television|
(Brian Williams, John Cerutti)
The Sports Network
(Rod Black, Pat Tabler)
(Rob Faulds, John Cerutti)
|Local radio||CHUM (AM)|
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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- J. P. Ricciardi became the Blue Jays fourth GM on November 15, 2001 
- December 7, 2001: Billy Koch was traded by the Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics for Eric Hinske and Justin Miller.
- December 18, 2001: Brian Lesher was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays.
- December 22, 2001: Luis Lopez was purchased from the Blue Jays by the Oakland Athletics.
- February 10, 2002: Ken Huckaby was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays started the 2002 season with slow progress in performance. Buck Martinez was fired about a third of the way through the season, with a 20–33 record. He was replaced by third base coach Carlos Tosca, an experienced minor league manager. They went 58–51 under Tosca to finish the season 78–84. Roy Halladay, a talented but inconsistent prospect who was no more than a fifth starter who alternated between Toronto and Triple-A during his first three seasons, was relied on as the team's ace and rose to the challenge being the team's top pitcher, finishing the season with a 19–7 record and a 2.93 ERA. The hitters were led once again by Carlos Delgado. Ricciardi was credited for dumping Raúl Mondesí in mid-season to the New York Yankees to free up his salary, which in turn was used for the off-season signing of Mike Bordick, Frank Catalanotto and Tanyon Sturtze. Promising young players were assigned to key roles, including starting third baseman Eric Hinske (who later won the Rookie of the Year Award for this year) and 23-year-old centre fielder Vernon Wells, who had his first 100 RBI season replacing Mondesi. Another bright young player was Josh Phelps, a former catcher turned designated hitter, who hit 15 home runs.
Opening Day startersEdit
- Homer Bush, 2B
- José Cruz, Jr., OF
- Carlos Delgado, 1B
- Darrin Fletcher, C
- Roy Halladay, P
- Eric Hinske, 3B
- Felipe López, SS
- Raúl Mondesí, DH
- Shannon Stewart, OF
- Vernon Wells, OF
|New York Yankees||103||58||0.640||—||52–28||51–30|
|Boston Red Sox||93||69||0.574||10½||42–39||51–30|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||0.481||25½||42–39||36–45|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||55||106||0.342||48||30–51||25–55|
American League Wild CardEdit
|New York Yankees||103||58||0.640|
|Boston Red Sox||93||69||0.574|
|Chicago White Sox||81||81||0.500|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||0.481|
|Kansas City Royals||62||100||0.383|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||55||106||0.342|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2002 American League Records
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- May 26, 2002: Dan Plesac was traded by the Blue Jays to the Philadelphia Phillies for Cliff Politte.
- July 1, 2002: Raúl Mondesí was traded by the Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Scott Wiggins.
2002 Draft picksEdit
The 2002 MLB draft was held on June 4–5.
|1||14||Russ Adams||SS||North Carolina||2002–06–07|
|2||55||Dave Bush||RHP||Wake Forest||2002–06–04|
|3||86||Justin Maureau||LHP||Wichita State||–|
|4||110||Adam Peterson||RHP||Wichita State||2002–06–11|
|5||146||Chad Pleiness||RHP||Central Michigan||–|
|6||176||Jason Perry||OF||Georgia Tech||2002–06–22|
|7||206||Brian Grant||RHP||C.B. Aycock High School (NC)||–|
|8||236||Chris Leonard||LHP||Miami (FL)||–|
|9||266||Russ Savickas||RHP||Johnston High School||–|
|2002 Toronto Blue Jays|
|2002 Game Log|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
- Eric Hinske, Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award
- Eric Hinske, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award
- "J.P. Ricciardi has escape clause". CBC News. July 2, 2002. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved June 18, 2008.
- Billy Koch at Baseball Reference
- Brian Lesher at Baseball Reference
- Luis Lopez at Baseball Reference
- Ken Huckaby at Baseball Reference
- Dan Plesac at Baseball Reference
- Raúl Mondesí at Baseball Reference
- "Feature: 2002 Free Agent Draft Pick Compensation". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
- Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007