1987 Toronto Blue Jays season
|1987 Toronto Blue Jays|
|Major League affiliations|
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
|General manager(s)||Pat Gillick|
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Buck Martinez, Fergie Olver)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1987 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's eleventh season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing second in the American League East with a record of 96 wins and 66 losses. They had been in first place by 3½ games over the Detroit Tigers with a week left to play, but they dropped their next seven games in a row, capped off by a sweep at the hands of Detroit at Tiger Stadium on the last weekend of the season, and lost the division by two games.
- October 20, 1986: Dennis Lamp was released by the Blue Jays.
- February 2, 1987: Luis Leal and Dámaso García were traded by the Blue Jays to the Atlanta Braves for Craig McMurtry.
- March 26, 1987: Ron Shepherd was released by the Blue Jays.
- Blue Jays left fielder George Bell drove in 134 runs to lead the American League, along with 47 home runs, and was selected the league's Most Valuable Player in a close vote over the Tigers' Alan Trammell.
- Tom Henke established himself as an elite closer, as he led the American League in saves with 34.
- Starting pitcher Jimmy Key led the American League with a 2.76 ERA.
- July 21, 1987: Jimmy Key threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs. This was accomplished in the second inning.
- September 14, 1987: The Blue Jays set a Major League record by hitting 10 home runs in a game against the Baltimore Orioles.
|Toronto Blue Jays||96||66||0.593||2||52–29||44–37|
|New York Yankees||89||73||0.549||9||51–30||38–43|
|Boston Red Sox||78||84||0.481||20||50–30||28–54|
Record vs. opponents
1987 American League Records
- April 2, 1987: Bill Caudill was released by the Blue Jays.
- June 2, 1987: 1987 Major League Baseball draft
- August 25, 1987: Gary Lavelle was released by the Blue Jays.
- August 31, 1987: Oswaldo Peraza and a player to be named later were traded by the Blue Jays to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Flanagan. The Blue Jays completed the deal by sending José Mesa to the Orioles on September 4.
- September 22, 1987: Mike Sharperson was traded by the Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Juan Guzmán.
1987 Toronto Blue Jays roster
|1987 Game Log|
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|
|C||Whitt, ErnieErnie Whitt||135||446||120||.269||19||75|
|1B||Upshaw, WillieWillie Upshaw||150||512||125||.244||15||58|
|2B||Iorg, GarthGarth Iorg||122||310||65||.210||4||30|
|3B||Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber||138||341||80||.235||12||36|
|SS||Fernández, TonyTony Fernández||146||578||186||.322||5||67|
|LF||Bell, GeorgeGeorge Bell||156||610||188||.308||47||134|
|CF||Moseby, LloydLloyd Moseby||155||592||167||.282||26||96|
|RF||Barfield, JesseJesse Barfield||159||590||155||.263||28||84|
|DH||McGriff, FredFred McGriff||107||295||73||.247||20||43|
|Mulliniks, RanceRance Mulliniks||124||332||103||.310||11||44|
|Leach, RickRick Leach||98||195||55||.282||3||25|
|Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder||82||175||47||.269||14||32|
|Liriano, NelsonNelson Liriano||37||158||38||.241||2||10|
|Lee, ManuelManuel Lee||56||121||31||.256||1||11|
|Moore, CharlieCharlie Moore||51||107||23||.215||1||27|
|Sharperson, MikeMike Sharperson||32||96||20||.208||0||9|
|Beníquez, JuanJuan Beníquez||39||81||23||.284||5||21|
|Ducey, RobRob Ducey||34||48||9||.188||1||6|
|DeWillis, JeffJeff DeWillis||13||25||3||.120||1||2|
|Stark, MattMatt Stark||5||12||1||.083||0||0|
|Myers, GregGreg Myers||7||9||1||.111||0||0|
|Thornton, LouLou Thornton||12||2||1||.500||0||0|
|Infante, AlexisAlexis Infante||1||0||0||----||0||0|
|Clancy, JimJim Clancy||37||241⅓||15||11||3.54||180|
|Key, JimmyJimmy Key||36||261||17||8||2.76||161|
|Stieb, DaveDave Stieb||33||185||13||9||4.09||115|
|Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson||14||66⅔||3||5||5.13||27|
|Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan||7||49⅓||3||2||2.37||43|
|Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro||3||12||0||2||8.25||7|
|Cerutti, JohnJohn Cerutti||44||151⅓||11||4||4.40||92|
|Henke, TomTom Henke||72||0||6||34||2.49||128|
|Eichhorn, MarkMark Eichhorn||89||10||6||4||3.17||96|
|Musselman, JeffJeff Musselman||68||12||5||3||4.15||54|
|Lavelle, GaryGary Lavelle||23||2||3||1||5.53||17|
|Wells, DavidDavid Wells||18||4||3||1||3.99||32|
|Ward, DuaneDuane Ward||12||1||0||0||6.94||10|
|Gordon, DonDon Gordon||5||0||0||0||4.09||3|
- Jesse Barfield, Gold Glove Award
- George Bell, American League RBI Champion, 134
- George Bell, American League MVP
- George Bell, Silver Slugger Award
- George Bell, The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- Jim Clancy, Pitcher of the Month Award, May
- Tony Fernández, Gold Glove Award
- Tom Henke, American League Leader, Saves, 34
- Jimmy Key, American League ERA Champion, 2.76 ERA
- Dennis Lamp at Baseball Reference
- Luis Leal at Baseball Reference
- Ron Shepherd at Baseball Reference
- 3 Pitch Inning
- Bill Caudill at Baseball Reference
- Ryan Thompson at Baseball Reference
- Steve Wapnick at Baseball Reference
- Darren Lewis at Baseball Reference
- Gary Lavelle at Baseball Reference
- Mike Flanagan at Baseball Reference
- Mike Sharperson at Baseball Reference
- Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
1986 Toronto Blue Jays season
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1988 Toronto Blue Jays season