1987 Toronto Blue Jays season

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1987 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record96–66 (.593)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Jimy Williams
Local televisionCFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Buck Martinez, Fergie Olver)
Local radioCJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1987 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 11th 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.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • 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.[4] 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.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 98 64 0.605 54–27 44–37
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 0.593 2 52–29 44–37
Milwaukee Brewers 91 71 0.562 7 48–33 43–38
New York Yankees 89 73 0.549 9 51–30 38–43
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 20 50–30 28–54
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 0.414 31 31–51 36–44
Cleveland Indians 61 101 0.377 37 35–46 26–55

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1987 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 1–12 9–3 8–4 7–6 4–9 9–3 2–11 5–7 3–10 7–5 4–8 7–5 1–12
Boston 12–1 4–8 3–9 7–6 2–11 6–6 6–7 7–5 7–6 4–8 7–5 7–5 6–7
California 3–9 8–4 8–5 7–5 3–9 5–8 7–5 8–5 3–9 6–7 7–6 5–8 5–7
Chicago 4–8 9–3 5–8 7–5 3–9 6–7 6–6 6–7 5–7 9–4 6–7 7–6 4–8
Cleveland 6–7 6–7 5–7 5–7 4–9 6–6 4–9 3–9 6–7 4–8 5–7 2–10 5–8
Detroit 9–4 11–2 9–3 9–3 9–4 5–7 6–7 8–4 5–8 5–7 7–5 8–4 7–6
Kansas City 3–9 6–6 8–5 7–6 6–6 7–5 4–8 8–5 5–7 5–8 9–4 7–6 8–4
Milwaukee 11–2 7–6 5–7 6–6 9–4 7–6 8–4 3–9 7–6 6–6 4–8 9–3 9–4
Minnesota 7–5 5–7 5–8 7–6 9–3 4–8 5–8 9–3 6–6 10–3 9–4 6–7 3–9
New York 10–3 6–7 9–3 7–5 7–6 8–5 7–5 6–7 6–6 5–7 7–5 5–7 6–7
Oakland 5–7 8–4 7–6 4–9 8–4 7–5 8–5 6–6 3–10 7–5 5–8 6–7 7–5
Seattle 8–4 5–7 6–7 7–6 7–5 5–7 4–9 8–4 4–9 5–7 8–5 9–4 2–10
Texas 5–7 5–7 8–5 6–7 10–2 4–8 6–7 3–9 7–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 3–9
Toronto 12–1 7–6 7–5 8–4 8–5 6–7 4–8 4–9 9–3 7–6 5–7 10–2 9–3


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1987 Toronto Blue Jays roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1987 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

= Indicates team leader
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Ernie Whitt 135 446 120 .269 19 75
1B Willie Upshaw 150 512 125 .244 15 58
2B Garth Iorg 122 310 65 .210 4 30
3B Kelly Gruber 138 341 80 .235 12 36
SS Tony Fernández 146 578 186 .322 5 67
LF George Bell 156 610 188 .308 47 134
CF Lloyd Moseby 155 592 167 .282 26 96
RF Jesse Barfield 159 590 155 .263 28 84
DH Fred McGriff 107 295 73 .247 20 43

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rance Mulliniks 124 332 103 .310 11 44
Rick Leach 98 195 55 .282 3 25
Cecil Fielder 82 175 47 .269 14 32
Nelson Liriano 37 158 38 .241 2 10
Manuel Lee 56 121 31 .256 1 11
Charlie Moore 51 107 23 .215 1 27
Mike Sharperson 32 96 20 .208 0 9
Juan Beníquez 39 81 23 .284 5 21
Rob Ducey 34 48 9 .188 1 6
Jeff DeWillis 13 25 3 .120 1 2
Matt Stark 5 12 1 .083 0 0
Greg Myers 7 9 1 .111 0 0
Lou Thornton 12 2 1 .500 0 0
Alexis Infante 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Clancy 37 241⅓ 15 11 3.54 180
Jimmy Key 36 261 17 8 2.76 161
Dave Stieb 33 185 13 9 4.09 115
Joe Johnson 14 66⅔ 3 5 5.13 27
Mike Flanagan 7 49⅓ 3 2 2.37 43
Phil Niekro 3 12 0 2 8.25 7

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Cerutti 44 151⅓ 11 4 4.40 92
José Núñez 37 97 5 2 5.01 99

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke 72 0 6 34 2.49 128
Mark Eichhorn 89 10 6 4 3.17 96
Jeff Musselman 68 12 5 3 4.15 54
Gary Lavelle 23 2 3 1 5.53 17
David Wells 18 4 3 1 3.99 32
Duane Ward 12 1 0 0 6.94 10
Don Gordon 5 0 0 0 4.09 3

Award winners[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Doug Ault
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League Glenn Ezell
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Bob Bailor
A Myrtle Beach Blue Jays South Atlantic League Barry Foote
A-Short Season St. Catharines Blue Jays New York–Penn League Joe Lonnett
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Eddie Dennis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Myrtle Beach[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis Lamp at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Luis Leal at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ron Shepherd at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ 3 Pitch Inning
  5. ^ Bill Caudill at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Ryan Thompson at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Steve Wapnick at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Darren Lewis at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Gary Lavelle at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Mike Flanagan at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Mike Sharperson at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1986 Toronto Blue Jays season
1987 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1987
Succeeded by
1988 Toronto Blue Jays season