2014 Toronto Blue Jays season
The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 38th season for the franchise, and the 25th full season of play (26th overall) at Rogers Centre. Pitcher Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays before retiring from baseball, citing injuries.
|2014 Toronto Blue Jays|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Rogers; Paul Beeston (CEO)|
|General manager(s)||Alex Anthopoulos|
(Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler, Joe Siddall)
|Local radio||Blue Jays Radio Network|
Sportsnet 590 the FAN
(Jerry Howarth, Joe Siddall, Mike Wilner, Duane Ward)
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The Blue Jays announced their 2014 schedule on September 10, 2013.
American League EastEdit
|New York Yankees||84||78||0.519||12||43–38||41–40|
|Toronto Blue Jays||83||79||0.512||13||46–35||37–44|
|Tampa Bay Rays||77||85||0.475||19||36–45||41–40|
|Boston Red Sox||71||91||0.438||25||34–47||37–44|
American League Wild CardEdit
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||98||64||0.605|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Kansas City Royals||89||73||0.549||+1|
|New York Yankees||84||78||0.519||4|
|Toronto Blue Jays||83||79||0.512||5|
|Tampa Bay Rays||77||85||0.475||11|
|Chicago White Sox||73||89||0.451||15|
|Boston Red Sox||71||91||0.438||17|
Records vs opponentsEdit
2014 AL Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
The 2014 Major League Baseball draft was held on June 5–7.
|1||9||Jeff Hoffman||RHP||East Carolina University (NC)||July 2, 2014|
|1||11*||Max Pentecost||C||Kennesaw State University (GA)||July 2, 2014|
|2||49||Sean Reid-Foley||RHP||Sandalwood High School (FL)||June 10, 2014|
|3||83||Nick Wells||LHP||Battlefield High School (VA)||June 18, 2014|
|4||114||Matt Morgan||C||Thorsby High School (AL)||June 8, 2014|
|5||144||Lane Thomas||RF||Bearden High School (TN)||June 10, 2014|
|6||174||Grayson Huffman||LHP||Grayson County College (TX)||June 18, 2014|
|7||204||Zack Zehner||LF||California Polytechnic State University (CA)||Unsigned|
|8||234||Justin Shafer||RHP||University of Florida (FL)||June 8, 2014|
|9||264||Ryan Metzler||2B||University of South Carolina Aiken (SC)||June 12, 2014|
|10||294||Jordan Romano||RHP||Oral Roberts University (OK)||June 12, 2014|
- – Toronto received the 11th overall pick in the 2014 draft as compensation for not signing Phillip Bickford in 2013.
The Blue Jays started the year, like most years in the past 10, in mediocre fashion, ending the month of April with a record of 12 wins and 15 losses, 3 1⁄2 games behind the Eastern division leaders. The month of May was a different story; they won 21 games and lost 9, taking over sole possession of the division lead on May 22. The month was memorable for a 9-game winning streak which included series sweeps over the Boston Red Sox (away), the Oakland A's (at home) and the Tampa Bay Rays (at home). Edwin Encarnación hit 16 home runs during the month, tying an American League record for homers in May, set by Mickey Mantle in 1956. Between May 15 and June 6, the Blue Jays won 18 out of 21 to climb into their largest division lead, at any point of the season, since 1993. However, from June 7 to June 30 the Jays won only 7 more games versus 15 losses. As of June 30, they were just 6 games above .500, but still held onto a 1 1⁄2 game lead in their division.
On July 26, the Blue Jays ended a streak of 17 consecutive losses in games against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. On August 10, the Blue Jays played the longest game in franchise history in terms of both time and innings, defeating the Detroit Tigers 6–5 after 19 innings. After a poor August, Toronto opened September with its first series win in Tampa Bay since April 6–8, 2007. They would go on to complete the sweep, their first at Tropicana Field. Top prospect Daniel Norris made his MLB debut on September 5, striking out David Ortiz in his 1⁄3 of an inning.
On September 23, the Blue Jays were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Kansas City Royals clinched a playoff spot on September 26, making the Blue Jays the owners of the longest current MLB playoff drought.
Legend Blue Jays Win Blue Jays Loss Game Postponed
|2014 Game Log|
|2014 Toronto Blue Jays|
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