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The Toronto Blue Jays won the AL East in 2015 after missing the post season every year since 1993. Without too much change, this year’s team is looking like they could potentially defend that title in 2016. One significant difference this season is the loss general manager Alex Anthopoulos who unexpectedly left citing an ill fit with the president and CEO as his reason for departure. This year’s rotation is sans ace David Price, who signed with the Boston Red Sox in free agency. Marcus Stroman tore his ACL during a freak spring training mishap last season, yet came back strong and should prove in 2016 why this club believes so deeply in his arm. Coming off a career best 181 inning, 3.13 ERA season Marco Estrada re-signed with Toronto, while R.A. Dickey is as consistent on the mound as they come. The Blue Jays’ bullpen should be decent with newbie Drew Storen, Roberto Osuna and lefty Brett Cecil in the mix. However, it will get a bit thin after those guys as two of the Blue Jays bridge arms, Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins are longer with the club.
Former Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki joining Toronto via trade last season elevated the infield defense and along with Ryan Goins at second, should steal hits from opposing batters throughout the entire 2016 season. Josh Donaldson at third base put up 41 homers and 123 RBIs last year, all while playing solid defense, and the combination of Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak at first base should provide a solid pillar at the position. Jose Bautista out in right field is the foundation of a stellar group of outfielders including Kevin Pillar, who filled in for Michael Saunders at center due to injury and emerged as one of the AL’s elite. Russell Martin is always steady as a rock at the plate and provides consistency and leadership.
The 2016 Blue Jays, despite a questionable rotation should find themselves in the hunt for the AL East title again. After so many years of waiting for playoff baseball, fans should be sure to secure your Toronto Blue Jays tickets and cheer them on all summer long.
Home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Rogers Centre formerly known as the Skydome that name was chosen by a “name the stadium” contest in 1987. Lifetime seats behind home plate to all events at the stadium including concerts as the prize. 12,897 names were submitted by 150,000 people. The selection committee selected four different names to choose from: “Towerdome”, “Harbourdome”, “SkyDome” and simply “The Dome”. The judges decided on “Skydome” there were over 2000 entries for Skydome alone. Kellie Watson was the prize winning selection out of those 2000 names in the lottery barrel. The decision for building an enclosed sports venue came after the Grey Cup game in November 1982, held at the outdoor Exhibition Stadium. A driving rainstorm left the crowd soaked and critics coined the nickname “the Rain Bowl”.
The initial cost estimate was greatly underestimated, with the final price tag coming in at $570 million. Seating capacity for the Centre is 49,282 for baseball and 53,506 for football games. There are a total of 5,700 club seats and 161 luxury suites at the Rogers Centre. The Centre also has over $5million in artwork that was commissioned in 1989 to display. The Rogers Centre has hosted exhibition soccer, cricket, Gaelic football, Hurling, Australian Rules football, tennis and four NCAA International Bowl games. The 1992 World Series and 1993 were both played at the Centre. Then in January 2007, Rogers Centre played host to the first ever International Bowl, an NCAA college football game between Western Michigan U and the University of Cincinnati.
Toronto Blue Jays History
The Toronto Blue Jays first took the field as a MLB team in 1977. Predictably, those first few seasons would be an epic struggle. The club regularly flirted with triple-digit loss totals and gave fans little reason to believe things would improve.
By the middle of the 1980s the front office had put together a formidable roster that would capture a few division titles and make a several brief runs in the playoffs. Left fielder George Bell , center fielder Lloyd Moseby, and right fielder Jesse Barfield made up one of the most dangerous outfields in the American League. Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, and others would fill out a starting rotation that put up a fight in a very crowded AL East.
This group won two division titles in the 1980s, becoming the dominant team in the East while the traditional powers struggled. Once the Yankees, Orioles, and other clubs with more history returned to contender status the club did not simply fade away. Instead, these years would be the precursor to the Blue Jay’s golden age.
In the early 1990s, the Toronto Blue Jays had crafted a roster that has survived the test of time and now is counted among the very best in the history of the MLB. Devon White played in center, Roberto Alomar starred at second, Joe Carter dominated in right, Dave Winfield was a hired gun at DH, John Olerud quietly killed at first, and Pat Borders put the finishes on a Hall of Fame career at catcher. In addition, Jack Morris joined Key, Juan Guzman, and Todd Stottlemyre to form a rotation that went four-deep for the postseason. The Blue Jays won back to back World Series in 1992 and 1993 and threatened to redefine the perception of baseball prowess in the AL on the East Coast.
Unfortunately, the price of keeping such a roster proved unrealistic and the club chose to keep in contention on a budget. This meant something had to suffer. The Blue Jays offensive bite disappeared.
Yet, the Blue Jays fans could still maintain some hope as the club seemed to always have a Cy Young Award candidate leading the rotation. From 1996 to 2003, a Toronto pitcher won the AL Cy Young Award five times. Pet Hentgen, Roger Clemens, Eric Hinske, and Roy Halladay’s personal successes were not enough to return the club in the MLB playoffs. Now the team has moved the fences in at the Rogers Centre and is trying to once again craft a balanced team with the hopes of taking the East.