Since the Blue Jays came into existence in 1977, they have put forward some of the best rosters in MLB history. The following list provides our picks for the top 3 Jays teams in franchise history, ranked from 1-5.
The 1985 Blue Jays team was put together by General Manager Bobby Cox, who won the Manager of the Year title that year and rightly so. The team went 99-62 in the regular season, finishing first in the American League East. This was a huge moment in Jays history, as the win total of 99 is a franchise record, and the division title was the franchise’s first.
Dave Stieb was the leader from the mound, but the Jays had consistent production from four starters, each with ERAs below 3.80. In the end Stieb had an All-Star season, leading everyone in the MLB with a 2.48 ERA.
Unfortunately despite their regular season heroics, Toronto ended up losing the American League Championship Series to the Kansas City Royals in seven games. It was a heartbreaking loss after leading the series 3-1.
1992 was the year that the Jays finally silenced their critics and took home their first ever World Series title. No stranger to heartbreak at this point, Toronto was powered by a mixture of veterans and young talent like Dave Winfield, Jack Morris and of course, Joe Carter.
The regular season was a little up and down for the Blue Jays, who got off to a great start winning 15 of their first 20 games. They finished at 96-66 and showed some great prowess on the batting end, all the way through the playoffs and into the World Series against the Atlanta Braves.
This team will forever be remembered as the roster which was able to break the curse and bring the title home North.
Off the back of a World Series winning season, Toronto came back for seconds, taking home the title again in 1993. This time the team was even more dominant, as World Series MVP, Paul Molitor, led the way batting .500 in the 6 World Series games. First baseman John Olerud had a breakout year, earning his first All-Star nomination that year. He also finished third in the AL MVP race.
Toronto finished their regular season one game worse than their 1992 season at 95-67 but were able to escalate their game in the postseason. Joe Carter’s walk off homer to win the World Series is arguably the greatest moment in Jays history thus far.
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