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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
Location
Results
Record78–84 (.481)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Rogers Communications,
Interbrew
General manager(s)J. P. Ricciardi
Manager(s)Buck Martinez, Carlos Tosca
Local televisionCBC Television
(Brian Williams, John Cerutti)
The Sports Network
(Rod Black, Pat Tabler)
Rogers Sportsnet
(Rob Faulds, John Cerutti)
Local radioCHUM (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

SummaryEdit

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

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
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
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 36½ 34–47 33–48
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 0.342 48 30–51 25–55

American League Wild CardEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
New York Yankees 103 58 0.640
Minnesota Twins 94 67 0.584
Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636


W L Pct.
Anaheim Angels 99 63 0.611
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574
Seattle Mariners 93 69 0.574
Chicago White Sox 81 81 0.500
Toronto Blue Jays 78 84 0.481
Cleveland Indians 74 88 0.457
Texas Rangers 72 90 0.444
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414
Kansas City Royals 62 100 0.383
Detroit Tigers 55 106 0.342
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55 106 0.342

Record vs. opponentsEdit

2002 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 7–2 3–4 6–3 6–3 8–1 6–3 4–5 3–4 9–11 9–10 8–1 12–7 7–2 11–7
Baltimore 2–7 6–13 3–4 1–5 2–4 7–0 5–1 6–13 4–5 5–4 10–9 3–6 4–15 9–9
Boston 4–3 13–6 2–4 5–4 5–4 4–2 3–3 9–10 6–3 4–5 16–3 4–3 13–6 5–13
Chicago 3–6 4–3 4–2 9–10 12–7 11–8 8–11 2–4 2–7 5–4 4–3 5–4 4–2 8–10
Cleveland 3–6 5–1 4–5 10–9 10–9 9–10 8–11 3–6 2–5 3–4 4–2 4–5 3–3 6–12
Detroit 1–8 4–2 4–5 7–12 9–10 9–10 4–14 1–8 1–6 2–5 2–4 5–4 0–6 6–12
Kansas City 3–6 0–7 2–4 8–11 10–9 10–9 5–14 1–5 1–8 3–6 4–2 7–2 3–4 5–13
Minnesota 5–4 1–5 3–3 11–8 11–8 14–4 14–5 0–6 3–6 5–4 5–2 6–3 6–1 10–8
New York 4–3 13–6 10–9 4–2 6–3 8–1 5–1 6–0 5–4 4–5 13–5 4–3 10–9 11–7
Oakland 11–9 5–4 3–6 7–2 5–2 6–1 8–1 6–3 4–5 8–11 8–1 13–6 3–6 16–2
Seattle 10–9 4–5 5–4 4–5 4–3 5–2 6–3 4–5 5–4 11–8 5–4 13–7 6–3 11–7
Tampa Bay 1–8 9–10 3–16 3–4 2–4 4–2 2–4 2–5 5–13 1–8 4–5 4–5 8–11 7–11
Texas 7–12 6–3 3–4 4–5 5–4 4–5 2–7 3–6 3–4 6–13 7–13 5–4 8–1 9–9
Toronto 2–7 15–4 6–13 2–4 3–3 6–0 4–3 1–6 9–10 6–3 3–6 11–8 1–8 9–9


Notable transactionsEdit

2002 Draft picksEdit

Source [8]

The 2002 MLB draft was held on June 4–5.

Round Pick Player Position College/School Nationality Signed
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  
10 296 Eric Arnold 2B Rice  

RosterEdit

2002 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

2002 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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CF Vernon Wells 159 608 167 .275 23 100

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
Joe Lawrence 55 150 27 .180 2 15

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Award winnersEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "J.P. Ricciardi has escape clause". CBC News. July 2, 2002. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved June 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Billy Koch at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Brian Lesher at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Luis Lopez at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Ken Huckaby at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Dan Plesac at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Raúl Mondesí at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ "Feature: 2002 Free Agent Draft Pick Compensation". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  9. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

External linksEdit

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