The Blue Jays were picked to win the AL East after posting 91 wins in 2021 but settled for second place behind the Yankees with a 92-70 record. Toronto advanced to the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons but was swept by the Mariners in the wild-card series.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led the team with 32 home runs and 97 RBIs, while right-hander Alek Manoah was the best pitcher with a 16-7 card and a 2.24 ERA.
The Blue Jays have a deep and talented roster and will open the 2023 season as a serious contender for the AL pennant.
The Toronto Blue Jays are an American League (AL) East division team based in Toronto, Ontario. They were founded in 1977 and began to play in the AL East division the following year. The team was an expansion franchise along with the Seattle Mariners, formed as part of a realignment plan that saw each league expand from 12 to 14 teams.
The team has had success throughout its history, including two World Series titles (1992 and 1993), two AL pennants, and six AL East Division titles (most recently in 2015). Other iconic moments include Joe Carter’s walk-off home run to win Game 6 of the 1993 World Series and Dave Stieb’s no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 1990.
The Toronto Blue Jays currently play their home games at Rogers Centre (formerly known as SkyDome), located downtown nearby the CN Tower and Lake Ontario. The stadium opened in 1989 and is known for its retractable roof which allows for indoor and outdoor events year-round.
The biggest rivals of the Blue Jays are their fellow American League East opponents: the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays. The team has had varying success against these teams over the years with a winning record overall against the Red Sox but a losing record against the Yankees and Rays.
Key players throughout Toronto Blue Jays history include Roy Halladay, Roberto Alomar, Dave Stieb, George Bell, and Jose Bautista, among many others.