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1992 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays played their 16th season in 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 any one series all year.

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.

Offseason

  • October 28, 1991: Cory Snyder was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.[2]
  • December 12, 1991: Eric Plunk was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.[3]
  • December 18, 1991: The Blue Jays sign pitcher Jack Morris as a free agent.[4]
  • December 19, 1991: Dave Winfield was signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.[5]
  • March 27, 1992: Eric Plunk was released by the Toronto Blue Jays.[3]

Regular season

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[9]

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]

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 .593 --
Milwaukee Brewers 92 70 .568 4
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 .549 7
Cleveland Indians 76 86 .469 20
New York Yankees 76 86 .469 20
Detroit Tigers 75 87 .463 21
Boston Red Sox 73 89 .451 23

Transactions

Roster

1992 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1992 Game Log
1992 Playoff Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Borders, PatPat Borders 138 480 116 .242 13 53
1B Olerud, JohnJohn Olerud 138 458 130 .284 16 66
2B Alomar, RobertoRoberto Alomar 152 571 177 .310 8 76
3B Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber 120 446 102 .229 11 43
SS Lee, ManuelManuel Lee 128 396 104 .263 3 39
LF Maldonado, CandyCandy Maldonado 137 489 133 .272 20 66
CF White, DevonDevon White 153 641 159 .248 17 60
RF Carter, JoeJoe Carter 158 622 164 .264 34 119
DH Winfield, DaveDave Winfield 156 583 169 .290 26 108

Other batters

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
Kent, JeffJeff Kent 65 192 46 .240 8 35
Bell, DerekDerek Bell 61 161 39 .242 2 12
Griffin, AlfredoAlfredo Griffin 63 150 35 .233 0 10
Tabler, PatPat Tabler 49 135 34 .252 0 16
Myers, GregGreg Myers 22 61 14 .230 1 13
Sprague, EdEd Sprague 22 47 11 .234 1 7
Ward, TurnerTurner Ward 18 29 10 .345 1 3
Ducey, RobRob Ducey 23 21 1 .048 0 0
Knorr, RandyRandy Knorr 8 19 5 .263 1 2
Quinlan, TomTom Quinlan 13 15 1 .067 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Morris, JackJack Morris 34 240.2 21 6 4.04 132
Key, JimmyJimmy Key 33 216.2 13 13 3.53 117
Guzmán, JuanJuan Guzmán 28 180.2 16 5 2.64 165
Stottlemyre, ToddTodd Stottlemyre 28 174 12 11 4.50 98
Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 21 96.1 4 6 5.04 45
Cone, DavidDavid Cone 8 53 4 3 2.55 47

Other pitchers

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

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

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Henke, TomTom Henke 57 3 2 34 2.26 46
Ward, DuaneDuane Ward 79 7 4 12 1.95 103
Hentgen, PatPat Hentgen 28 5 2 0 5.36 39
MacDonald, BobBob MacDonald 27 1 0 0 4.37 26
Timlin, MikeMike Timlin 26 0 2 1 4.12 35
Eichhorn, MarkMark Eichhorn 23 2 0 0 4.35 19
Weathers, DavidDavid Weathers 2 0 0 0 8.10 3
Trlicek, RickyRicky Trlicek 2 0 0 0 10.80 1
Leiter, AlAl Leiter 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

Postseason

American League Championship Series

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the series with a three man pitching rotation of Jack Morris, David Cone, and Juan Guzmán.[16]

Game 1

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 2

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 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

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)

1992 World Series

Main article: 1992 World Series

Game 1

October 17, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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 2

October 18, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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 3

October 20, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

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 4

October 21, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

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 5

October 22, 1992 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

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 6

October 24, 1992 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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)

Award winners

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Nick Leyva
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League Garth Iorg
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Dennis Holmberg
A Myrtle Beach Hurricanes South Atlantic League Doug Ault
Short-Season A St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League J. J. Cannon
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Omar Malave
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Jim Nettles
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Myrtle Beach[18][19]

References

External links

  • 1992 Toronto Blue Jays team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1992 Toronto Blue Jays team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
  • 1992 WS page at Baseball Reference

Preceded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1991
AL East Championship Season
1992
Succeeded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1993
Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
1991
American League Championship
1992
Succeeded by
Toronto Blue Jays
1993
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