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Biggest trades in Blue Jays history

@KeeganMatheson
December 13, 2021

TORONTO -- From the World Series years of 1992-93 up to the postseason runs of 2015-16 and today’s club, the Blue Jays have never shied away from taking a big swing on the trade market. There have been some misses along the way, of course, but most of the organization’s

Blue Jays' best player at every number

@KeeganMatheson
December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- When you scan the crowd of a baseball game at Rogers Centre, you see jersey numbers that define eras of Blue Jays baseball. There are plenty of No. 19 and No. 20 jerseys for José Bautista and Josh Donaldson, with the postseason runs of 2015 and ‘16 still

The best seasons ever by a Blue Jays hitter

@KeeganMatheson
December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- For an organization that’s still fairly young, relative to some of the league’s longstanding clubs, the Blue Jays have had an incredible run of stars come through Toronto over their history. Even in those lean years between playoff runs as the Blue Jays looked to find their footing

Top 5 seasons by Blue Jays pitchers

@KeeganMatheson
December 1, 2021

Looking back over four-plus decades of Blue Jays baseball, many of the eras are defined by which ace was leading the staff. Dave Stieb was the Blue Jays' workhorse star in the 1980s, leading the rotation as Toronto rose from an expansion team to a competitor. The Roy Halladay years

10 biggest trades in Blue Jays history

December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- There was a time when Toronto residents used the nickname "Stand Pat" to describe Hall of Fame front-office executive Pat Gillick. In hindsight, the term could not have been any more off base. Gillick may have prioritized patience during the early days of the Blue Jays organization. But

Best Blue Jays seasons at each position

@KeeganMatheson
December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have enjoyed many of baseball’s great peak seasons since their debut in 1977, from longtime fan favorites to stars who stopped in for a season or two. Looking back through the club’s 44-year history, here is a lineup made entirely of the best individual seasons

10 players who you forgot were Blue Jays

December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- Most fans still have a difficult time picturing José Bautista wearing anything besides a Blue Jays uniform. In the future, few will be able to name the three organizations Bautista played for in 2018. Some athletes will always be remembered for wearing one uniform in one city, and

5 Blue Jays players who should be in HOF

@KeeganMatheson
December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- With the release of the 2022 ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame, the debate begins again around who will be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y. Roberto Alomar was Toronto's first Hall of Famer in 2011, while the late Roy Halladay entered Cooperstown without a team logo on his

5 all-time best moments at Rogers Centre

@KeeganMatheson
December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- When the Blue Jays have been at their best, downtown Toronto orbits around Rogers Centre. With one of the best ballpark locations in baseball, Rogers Centre, which opened as SkyDome in 1989, has been home to the Blue Jays for over 30 years and hosted a long list

Here's how the Blue Jays got their name

@KeeganMatheson
December 1, 2021

TORONTO -- In August 1976, Toronto’s expansion Major League Baseball club was still in search of an identity. The team was set to join MLB in 1977 for its inaugural season, giving Toronto the Major League team it had coveted after Montreal landed a team in '69. Montreal had the

Top Blue Jays Draft pick from every season

@KeeganMatheson
July 14, 2021

The Blue Jays have used all avenues to build talent over the years, but the MLB Draft is always the foundation of a club’s farm system and sustainable winning.

Blue Jays no-hitter history

Stieb has lone Toronto no-no, but there have been near-misses
@KeeganMatheson
June 14, 2021

No-hitters have always stayed just out of reach for Blue Jays pitchers, and that was the case for Dave Stieb -- until he finally got the final out on Sept. 2, 1990. In the two seasons prior, Stieb had lost a perfect game with two outs in the ninth and

Blue Jays' top Opening Day moments

@KeeganMatheson
March 31, 2021

TORONTO -- Opening Day is approaching for the Blue Jays, the 45th in the organization’s history. Some of the club’s most memorable moments have come on Opening Day, when records sit at 0-0 and optimism is allowed to run free. The Blue Jays are 22-22 on Opening Day, too, with

The 5 best seasons in Blue Jays history

@KeeganMatheson
February 22, 2021

TORONTO -- There have been three defining eras for the Blue Jays, spanning the great teams of the mid- and late-1980s, the World Series years in the early ‘90s and, more recently, the club’s return to October after two-plus decades. The championships stand above the rest, of course, but let’s

The best homegrown Blue Jays in history

@KeeganMatheson
February 14, 2021

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have made their share of big splashes on the free agent and trade markets over the organization’s four-plus decades, but their best teams have always had a foundation of homegrown talent. Let’s take a look back at some of the best homegrown Blue Jays, who

Curtain call: Blue Jays' best 'second acts'

6 players who returned to Toronto for an encore
@KeeganMatheson
February 4, 2021

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have produced some of baseball’s greatest debut seasons over the past four-plus decades, but they’ve also seen plenty of stars return for encores later in their careers. Here is a look at some of the best second acts in Toronto history, starting with a franchise

Top 5 debut seasons in Blue Jays history

@KeeganMatheson
February 1, 2021

TORONTO -- From homegrown talent to free-agent splashes and late-blooming stars, the Blue Jays have seen some exceptional debut seasons over the past four-plus decades. Blue Jays teams from the early 1990s saw many of these, as then-general manager Pat Gillick upgraded his roster with established veterans prior to the

Biggest free-agent deals in Blue Jays history

@KeeganMatheson
January 28, 2021

TORONTO -- It’s the beginning of a new era for the Blue Jays, with an aggressive offseason and a young core coming together to create a fresh competitive window. Developing that core and the next wave of prospects provided the foundation, but major external additions were always going to be

Out 4 years, Stieb had an unlikely comeback

@KeeganMatheson
January 21, 2021

TORONTO -- Dave Stieb’s name stands among the greats in the history of the Blue Jays, who he starred for from 1979-92. One of Stieb’s most interesting chapters, though, is his final one, when the right-hander made the unlikely return to the Blue Jays at age 40, after four seasons

Best single games from Blue Jays pitchers

@KeeganMatheson
January 18, 2021

TORONTO -- For a club that doesn’t boast a long history of no-hitters or perfect games, the Blue Jays have had their fair share of dominant outings by starting pitchers. This list is already so stacked with elite performances that it excludes some of the better longer-tenured pitchers this organization

How 'OK, Blue Jays' became signature song

@KeeganMatheson
January 14, 2021

TORONTO -- If you catch a game at an American League East ballpark, chances are you’ll need to sit through some song and dance. At Yankee Stadium, it’s the grounds crew dancing to “YMCA.” At Fenway Park, it’s the tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline.” And at Rogers Centre, “OK, Blue

These Blue Jays greats are worthy of statues

@KeeganMatheson
January 7, 2021

TORONTO -- It’s years down the road, but the day is slowly approaching when the Blue Jays will say goodbye to Rogers Centre and move into a new stadium in Toronto. SkyDome opened in 1989 and has served the Blue Jays well, first as an engineering marvel with its retractable

Every Rule 5 Draft pick in Blue Jays history

@KeeganMatheson
December 9, 2020

TORONTO -- The Rule 5 Draft has been kind to the Blue Jays over their four-plus decades as a franchise, netting them Major League contributors, everyday starters and even their first American League MVP Award winner. • How the Rule 5 Draft works Formats and eligibility have changed over the

Blue Jays' Top 5 Winter Meetings deals

@KeeganMatheson
December 7, 2020

TORONTO -- Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings are when we really start to look ahead to the coming season, with free-agent signings and major trades bringing rosters into focus as clubs jockey for the market’s best offerings. The Blue Jays have made some of their biggest moves as an organization

Every Canadian-born player with Blue Jays

@KeeganMatheson
November 19, 2020

TORONTO -- In more than four decades of Blue Jays baseball, 28 Canadian-born players have taken the field for Canada’s team. Ranging from the club’s inaugural season in 1977 to the young lineup that’s expected to carry the Blue Jays into the future, these players come from British Columbia to