The Blue Jays joined Major League Baseball for the 1977 season. Though the team’s four and a half decades in the American League, Toronto has struggled through much of its time. The first five years of Blue Jays baseball was a serious struggle. The club finished dead last in the American League all five years. In 1983, Toronto finally compiled its first winning season, then two years later made its first postseason appearance. The late 1980s and early 1990s were the Blue Jays’ most successful period of play. After losing in the ALCS in 1989 and 1991, the Blue Jays finally won a playoff series and advanced to the World Series in 1992. Led by future Hall-of-Famers Roberto Alomar and Dave Winfield, the Blue Jays bested the Atlanta Braves in six games to secure the franchise’s first World Series title. One year later, Toronto would find itself in the World Series again, this time against the Philadelphia Phillies. Though Winfield moved on, a new future Hall-of-Famer, Paul Molitor took his place, and the Blue Jays secured their second consecutive championship. Following their 2nd World Series title, the Blue Jays went on a long and difficult playoff drought, not reaching the postseason for over 20 years. But in 2015, Toronto stormed back into the chase, winning the AL East, and the ALDS. With the victory, baseball fever is back alive in Toronto and the Blue Jays are again one of the most dangerous teams in the MLB, with bats like Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki, and Josh Donaldson. The Blue Jays have retired just Roberto Alomar’s No. 12. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Toronto Blue Jays baseball tickets.
2016 Blue Jays Season Preview
The Toronto Blue Jays had a fantastic season a year ago, winning the AL East, and reaching the post season for the first time since 1993. The Blue Jays come into 2016 brimming with confidence and are poised to make another run at the ALCS. Last season Toronto was very aggressive bringing in talent, and have left themselves poised to be contenders for foreseeable future. The Blue Jays offensive attack with Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, and Bat Flip Jose Batista, gives opposing pitching staffs nightmares, and should put up the runs to back up a solid pitching staff. The biggest loss for the Blue Jays in the offseason was ace David Price, who left for the division rival Red Sox. But the Toronto Blue Jays 2016 rotation will feature a fantastic top 3 with Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, and R.A. Dickey. The 2016 Blue Jays will be in unfamiliar territory this season, coming in as one of the favorites to pull out a difficult AL West. But the Blue Jays are confident, talented, and ready to bring another World Series Toronto.
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Toronto Blue Jays Baseball at Rogers Centre Address: 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1J1, Canada
The Blue Jays play their home games at the Rogers Centre, located in Toronto, Ontario. When filled to capacity, the Rogers Centre holds more than 49,000 screaming fans. The Rogers Centre was revolutionary when it was built, becoming the first stadium with a fully retractable roof. The Toronto Blue Jays dugout is on the Rogers Centre third base line in front of sections 123-126. Rogers Centre parking information is covered in our Blue Jays event guide.
Blue Jays vs. Yankees
Although these teams have been rivals since the Blue Jays joined the AL East as an expansion team in 1977, it didn’t really gain traction until the early 1990’s. The Blue Jays and Yankees combined for 6 of the 10 World Series titles from 1990 to 2000 (There was no World Series in 1994). This AL East Rivalry was among the best in baseball during that period. With loads of young talent on both teams, this matchup promises to produce more classic matchups in the near future.
Blue Jays vs. Red Sox
This AL East Rivalry isn’t as contentious as some of the other rivalries in the division, but is still really fun to watch. Both cities are known for the their passion for their baseball teams and have two of the best stadiums in the American League. This matchup has been known for its pitching in recent years and has seen names like Schilling, Halladay, Dickey, Lester, and Buehrle. The teams have combined for over 4 World Series titles since 1990 and are consistently among the best in the American League.
Blue Jays vs. Rays
The Blue Jay and Rays were expansion teams thrown headfirst into baseball’s toughest division. Both are smaller market teams trying to find a way to compete with the gargantuan spending of Boston and New York. But compete they have as the Blue Jays have won two World Series and the Rays have reached one in the last 20 years. Both clubs have some of the best managers/front offices in the league and are constantly innovating how players are developed and scouted.
Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Toronto Blue Jays dominated the baseball world in the early part of the 1990s. With Cito Gaston at the helm, the Blue Jays won four division titles in a five year span. During that time, Toronto won back-to-back AL pennants and World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. Toronto had Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, John Olerud, and Pat Hentgen during their championship seasons. The Blue Jays have not returned to the postseason since.
Toronto Blue Jays Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Blue Jays game?
Gates open 90 minutes before the first pitch on weeknight games, and 2 hours before game time on weekends.
Where are good places to eat before a Blue Jays game?
A few of Toronto’s best sports bars are within a few miles of Rogers Centre. Of the many great options we recommend GameDay, The Queen and Beever Public House, and The Football Factory. Fans of Vietnamese and Asian Fusion food should not miss trying Banh Mi Boys. This small place has some great kimchi fries, and is quick and easy before the game. If you are looking for someplace with a more progressive menu, try Hibiscus. Hibiscus has great vegan, and gluten-free options and a fun atmosphere. There are a few great Italian food places in the area. Pizzeria Liberetto and Splendido Restaurant are both worth visiting. If you are looking for some traditional Canadian dining, try Ruby Watchco. Other great places in the area are Mother India, Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse, and Black Hoof.
Where is the best place to park at Rogers Centre?
Parking at Rogers Centre is spread out over a large area. The most convenient parking option is a small parking lot located on the northeast corner of the stadium at the corner of Front Street and John Street. Another good location is on the southeast corner of the stadium just south of Bremner Boulevard. There are a few small parking lots farther to the north on Wellington Street, on either side of Simcone Street. Another good area to look is on Queens Quay W., there are good parking options scattered between the intersections of Ress and York. There are also a few great public transportation options, and Union Station is only a few blocks from the stadium.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Toronto Blue Jays game?
Children under the age of 2 years old are allowed to enter Rogers Centre without a ticket, but must sit on a guardian’s lap for the duration of the game. It is recommended that you bring proof of your child’s age with you to the game to avoid any last minute hassles at the gate.