2011 Toronto Blue Jays season
The 2011 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 35th season of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays franchise, and the 22nd full season of play (23rd overall) at the Rogers Centre. It was also the first season with John Farrell as the team's manager. The Blue Jays had an up-and-down season, finishing with an 81–81 record, in fourth place in the American League East.
|2011 Toronto Blue Jays|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Rogers; Paul Beeston (CEO)|
|General manager(s)||Alex Anthopoulos|
|Local television||Rogers Sportsnet|
Rogers Sportsnet One
(Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler, Alan Ashby)
|Local radio||Blue Jays Radio Network|
(Jerry Howarth, Alan Ashby, Mike Wilner, Gregg Zaun)
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|New York Yankees||97||65||0.599||—||52–29||45–36|
|Tampa Bay Rays||91||71||0.562||6||47–34||44–37|
|Boston Red Sox||90||72||0.556||7||45–36||45–36|
|Toronto Blue Jays||81||81||0.500||16||42–39||39–42|
Records vs opponentsEdit
- Source: MLB Standings Grid
Following an unexpectedly successful 2010 season, one of the Blue Jays' priorities was to find a replacement for retiring manager Cito Gaston. After reviewing many candidates, the Blue Jays vetted four finalists, Sandy Alomar Jr., DeMarlo Hale, John Farrell and their third base coach Brian Butterfield. The Jays hired Farrell on October 22, 2010.
Relief pitcher Scott Downs declined arbitration, becoming a free agent; he signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 10, 2010. Catcher John Buck was also expected to leave, as GM Alex Anthopoulos and several commentators noted that he deserved a full-time job and contract coming off an all-star season, but that the Jays would be looking to prospect J. P. Arencibia as their starting catcher, after he hit .301 with 32 home runs in 104 Triple-A games.
The Jays made several notable acquisitions through free agency, including relievers Jon Rauch and Octavio Dotel. On November 17, 2010, the Blue Jays traded for outfielder Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for two minor league pitchers Trystan Magnuson and Danny Farquhar.
On January 21, the Blue Jays announced a blockbuster deal that sent the face of the franchise, Vernon Wells, to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in exchange for catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera. Four days later, the Blue Jays traded Napoli to the Texas Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco, Rivera was Designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on July 3, 2011, and acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers with cash for a player to be named later or cash back.
On February 17, the Blue Jays announced that José Bautista had agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $64 million. Bautista led the MLB with 54 home runs, won the AL Hank Aaron Award and placed fourth in MVP balloting in 2010.
On June 1, in a game against the Cleveland Indians, Eric Thames, Rajai Davis and Jayson Nix hit back-to-back-to-back triples for the first time in franchise history. It was also the first time in the Major Leagues since Mike Gates, Tim Raines and Tim Wallach of the Montreal Expos accomplished this incredibly rare feat back in 1981.
On July 27, the Blue Jays completed a three-team trade to acquire long sought-after center fielder Colby Rasmus from the St. Louis Cardinals. In total, the trade involved many players, with Rasmus, P. J. Walters, Brian Tallet, and Trever Miller traded from St. Louis to Toronto, Mark Teahen traded from the Chicago White Sox to Toronto, Zach Stewart and Jason Frasor traded from Toronto to Chicago, Edwin Jackson traded to the St. Louis Cardinals from the Chicago White Sox (through Toronto), along with outfielder Corey Patterson, relief pitchers Octavio Dotel, and Marc Rzepczynski. The trade was seen as a watershed moment in the Blue Jays development process in the Anthopoulous regime, providing the team a multi-tooled centre fielder to anchor a young, developing outfield trio.
On August 10, ESPN reported a cover story claiming the Toronto Blue Jays organization engaged in sign stealing from visiting teams at the Rogers Centre, during the 2010 season. The story, by Peter Keating and Amy K. Nelson, alleged that a man in white, sitting in the outfield crowd, was raising his arms above his head to indicate an Off-speed pitch. While the story was not validated by visiting players, managers or other MLB organizations, the Blue Jays responded with a press conference to denounce the allegations.
2011 Draft picksEdit
The 2011 MLB draft was held on June 7–9.
|1||21||Tyler Beede||RHP||Lawrence Academy (MA)||Unsigned|
|C-A||35*||Jacob Anderson||RHP||Chino High School (CA)||2011–08–12|
|C-A||46*||Joe Musgrove||RHP||Grossmont High School (CA)||2011–06–22|
|C-A||53*||Dwight Smith Jr.||OF||McIntosh High School (GA)||2011–08–14|
|C-A||57*||Kevin Comer||RHP||Seneca High School (NJ)||2011–08–15|
|2||74*||Daniel Norris||LHP||Science Hill High School (TN)||2011–08–15|
|2||78||Jeremy Gabryszwski||RHP||Crosby High School (TX)||2011–07–27|
|3||108||John Stilson||RHP||Texas A&M||2011–08–14|
|4||139||Tom Robson||RHP||Delta SS||2011–08–12|
|5||169||Andrew Chin||LHP||Buckingham Browne & Nichols (MA)||Unsigned|
|7||229||Christian Lopes||SS||Edison High School (CA)||2011–08–15|
|8||259||Mark Biggs||RHP||Warren East High School (KY)||2011–08–14|
|9||289||Andrew Suarez||LHP||Christopher Columbus High School (FL)||Unsigned|
|10||319||Aaron Garza||RHP||Galveston Ball High School (TX)||Unsigned|
- * The Blue Jays received the 35th pick as compensation for loss of free agent Scott Downs
- * The Blue Jays received the 46th pick as compensation for loss of free agent John Buck
- * The Blue Jays received the 53rd pick as compensation for loss of free agent Miguel Olivo
- * The Blue Jays received the 57th pick as compensation for loss of free agent Kevin Gregg
- * The Blue Jays received the 74th pick as a compensation pick from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for signing type-A free agent Scott Downs
|2011 Toronto Blue Jays|
|#||Player||Position||Top 100 Rank||Scouting Book||2011 Starting Team (Level)|
* According to Scouting Book Top Minor League Prospects
* Top 10 Blue Jays prospects via Baseball America
Legend Blue Jays Win Blue Jays Loss Game Postponed
|2011 Game Log|
April 13–14 (Home 6–5, Road 7–9)
May 15–13 (Home 9–8, Road 6–5)
June 12–15 (Home 3–7, Road 9–8)
July 15–11 (Home 10–6, Road 5–5)
August 13–15 (Home 5–8, Road 8–7)
September 13–13 (Home 9–5, Road 4–8)
Honours and awardsEdit
Home Run Derby
- José Bautista, 1st selection
Player of the Week
- Ricky Romero – August 1–7
Player of the Month
- José Bautista – April, May
Pitcher of the Month
- Ricky Romero – August
- José Bautista
- José Bautista – OF
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: New Hampshire, Vancouver
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- "Major League Bastian: Highlights of Anthopoulos sit-down". Mlbastian.mlblogs.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- "Blue Jays trade Wells for Napoli, Rivera | bluejays.com: Official Info". Toronto.bluejays.mlb.com. January 21, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
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- "Dodgers acquire veteran outfielder Rivera; dodgers.com: Official Info". losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. July 3, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- BLUE JAYS ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR, $64M DEAL WITH BAUTISTA TSN. Accessed on February 23, 2011.
- Nelson, Amy K.; Keating, Peter (August 10, 2011). "Signs of trouble in Toronto". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
- "Diamondbacks acquire Aaron Hill and John McDonald to help offense". Content.usatoday.com. August 23, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
- "2011 Top 100 Prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
- "2011 Top Top Minor League Prospects". ScoutingBook.com. April 1, 2011. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
- Rode, Nathan (November 5, 2010). "Toronto Blue Jays top 10 prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.