The Toronto Blue Jays, currently the only Major League Baseball organization not based in
the United States, started play and selling Blue Jays tickets in 1977. As what happens to most expansion teams, the Blue Jays had a few rough years in
the beginning, as they were building with players made available by other MLB teams. At
the same time, the Jays put a considerable amount of money and other resources into their
farm system, developing young players. Some of the young players, like shortstop Tony
Fernandez, soon became fan favorites.
Blue Jays tickets sold easily as fans have always had faith in the franchise. Led by ta
solid core of young players, the Jays won their first American League Eastern Division
championship in 1985, starting a string of mostly successful seasons for the next eight years.
A key trade by the organization was obtaining Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar from the San
Diego Padres, for Fernandez and Fred McGriff, in the 1990 off-season.
During the same off-season, Devon White was obtained from the California Angels. Carter
and Alomar became key parts of back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and
1993. Alomar is the first Blue Jays player inducted into the baseball hall of fame, and his
number, 12, has been retired by the organization. The Jays, though not making the playoffs
since 1993, have remained a model of efficiency, and fan support, in the American League
From the early days of the franchise, Blue Jays tickets were an easy sell. The team had no
problem filling seats in the aging CNE stadium. In 1977, their inaugural season, the Toronto Blue Jays had over 1.7
million fans, a record at the time a record for an expansion team. The biggest selling
point has always been the commitment of the organization to bring in quality talent through
development or via trades.
In 1989, the Blue Jays moved into the brand new facility, the Sky Dome. This was the
first stadium, built specifically for baseball, with a retractable dome. The stadium is now
known as the Rogers Centre, named after the owner of the stadium and the team, Rogers
Blue Jays tickets became a better value as the new stadium protected fans from the
elements, and offered many other comforts, such as a hotel room with a view of the game.
Playing in stadium was also one of the perks offered to potential free agents. The Blue Jays have
only drawn less than a million fans only once since 1977, and that was in the strike shortened
1981 season. In the early 1990's the team lead the American league in attendance from
1990 through the strike shortened 1994 season. 1991 saw the Blue Jays become the first
major league team ever to draw over four million fans. Though other franchises have had their
attendance woes, Blue Jays attendance has always been consistent. To this day the Toronto
Blue Jays continue to be a major draw. Tickets are always a hot item among fans.
4-14-14: The Toronto Blue Jays have enjoyed a solid beginning to the 2014 MLB season, as they’ve put up a solid 52 runs en route to a 7-6 start and a three-way first place tie in the competitive AL East. Toronto got the week off to a nice start by topping the Houston Astros in two out of three games for a solid series win, and then capped the week with a 11-3 thrashing of the Baltimore Orioles in another 2-1 series win.
4-7-14: The Toronto Blue Jays got off to a rough start in 2014, dropping their opening day game to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2, but were able to bounce back enough to split a four game series, 2-2. Things got a little more difficult against the New York Yankees in their next series, however, as they dropped two of their next three games in Toronto. The Blue Jays displayed some pitching dominance in their only win over the Yanks in game two of their series as R.A. Dickey struck out six en route to his only win of the year thus far.Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista haven’t been short on offense through the first week of action, as the two have combined for six home runs.
4-1-14: The Blue Jays didn’t bring their A game for their season opener, as their offense sputtered until the final two innings in a rough 9-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto struggled through a shutout until the eighth inning, where Erik Kratz was responsible for their two runs thanks to a two-run homer. Toronto starting pitchers R.A. Dickey gave up 11 hits on the day as the Blue Jays kicked off 2014 at 0-1.
3-27-14: The Toronto Blue Jays got some bad news on one of their best players and leaders in the clubhouse in Jose Reyes as he has a mild hamstring strain, which is never good for a guy who relies on his legs so much. This news is especially disappointing this close to Opening Day 2014 but Reyes is listed as day to day and is questionable to break spring training camp with the Jays. Speaking of Opening Day rookie second basemen Ryan Goins has been named the starter after a fierce spring training competition in camp this year. The Blue Jays also signed pitcher Shawn Hill out of the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. Hill has not been in the Major Leagues since 2012 but did pitch in the Detroit Tigers organization in 2013, albeit not too well, and is a great depth signing for the Jays.
3-20-14: The Toronto Blue Jays made a serious run at free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana before losing out to the right hander to the Atlanta Braves. This leaves Toronto with a few question marks in the rotation and rumors have it that the Jays may turn to prospect Drew Hutchinson to take the vacant rotation spot. The Jays started spring camp with pitcher Ricky Romero as an afterthought but Romero pitched well and was competing for a rotation spot this year before being sent down to the minor leagues with Marcus Stroman ending the speculation, how far the mighty have fallen. The Jays may not be World Series favorites again this season or coming off a huge spending spree offseason but Jose Bautista looks like his power is finally returning after his wrist surgery in 2012 and Edwin Encarnacion continues to impress, mix that in with contract years for Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera and an expected bounce back from R.A. Dickey and the Jays may be right there in the thick of things for one of the Wild Card spots this season. The expectations have not translated into many wins in the Grapefruit League, as evident by their losing record in the last two weeks, but that is what spring training is all about.
3-13-14: The Toronto Blue Jays play in the toughest league in the game in the American League East and a tough Grapefruit League in spring training camp. The Jays have been a .500 team this spring after being awfully quiet this offseason. This year we did not see a Jose Reyes signed or a R.A. Dickey traded for, although Toronto was said to be involved in the Ervin Santana sweepstakes, but we have seen the club rely on their young guys in camp. Colby Rasmus is in a walk year as well as Melky Cabrera, among others, so they may be worth purchasing a ticket and going to see sometime this coming season.
3-5-14: The Toronto Blue Jays have tabbed R.a. Dickey as their opening day starter. The Blue Jays also announced that relief pitcher Casey Janssen will resume throwing this week after being shut down when he complained from soreness is throwing shoulder. The Blue Jays are not very active this off-season in terms of adding players especially in contrary to the prior season.
1-24-14: This season the Toronto Blue Jays are hoping that their heavy hitting outfielder Jose Bautista can return to form after a down year in which he missed some significant time due to injury. The Blue Jays will also be without Rajai Davis who signed away to the Detroit Tigers but will look to JP Arencibia to take the next step and replace the departed Davis’ production.
1-7-14: The Toronto Blue Jays are bidding heavily after starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. The Blue Jays have an all-star roster but were unable to stay healthy last season, which led to a poor record. Dioner Navarro signed a two-year deal with the Blue Jays worth $8 million to be there catcher. Pitcher Roy Halliday also retired from baseball and if you go into the Hall of Fame it will likely be as a member of the Blue Jays.
12-9-13: The Toronto Blue Jays had a disappointing season last year played with injuries many of surprised off-season acquisitions. Particularly that of Jose raise when they acquired from the Miami Marlins and agreed to pay majority of his large contract. There rightfield slugger José Batista also missed a significant amount of time during the season last year he was a big loss. The X factor in the trade that the Blue Jays made with the Miami Marlins was picture Josh Johnson injury never panned out or contributed to the team at all last year. Johnson has since plead from the Toronto situation and signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $8 million.
8-20-13: The Toronto Blue Jays are in last place at 10 games under .500. This week they will travel to the Bronx to face the New York Yankees in a four-game series. Tuesday will mark a doubleheader as they play the make up game from the May 19th rainout. This off-season the Blue Jays revamped their starting rotation with brand names hoping to compete for the division title. Unfortunately many of their starting pitchers struggled switching from the National League to the American League. The Blue Jays are a longshot for this year's postseason but definitely have the talent to compete in the near future.
8/6/13 - Losers of three in a row the Toronto Blue Jays continue to struggle and are still in last place. The return of Jose Reyes did not change their winning luck very much. This week the Blue Jays will travel to Seattle for a three game series against the Mariners.
7/18/13 - Newly acquired José Reyes has been injured for most of the first half of the season and it has hurt the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are currently 11.5 games out of 1st Place and are in last in the American League East division. Coming out of the All-Star break the Blue Jays will face their division foes the Tampa Bay rays. As far as power numbers are concerned first baseman Edwin Encarnacion leads the team with 25 home runs and 72 RBIs. The also newly acquired Melky Cabrera is also on the 15 day DL. The Blue Jays suffer from playing in one of the toughest divisions in baseball and have the best record of any last-place team throughout the major leagues.
7/7/13 - Three Toronto Blue Jays are 2013 American League all-stars. Outfielder Jose Bautista was voted in and will start. This will be his 4th ASG appearance. LHP Brett Cecil and 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion will both be making their 1st ASG appearances. RHP Steve Delabar can also make the team as part of MLB's Final Vote.
6/12/13 - The Toronto Blue Jays have been a huge disappointment. With a key injury to shortstop José Reyes the team has not been able to pick up the slack during his absence. The Jay's spent a lot of money this off-season with hopes to contend for the division title. Unfortunately that has not come to fruition and the Jays have won just 27 games and are currently 12 games out of first place. It would take almost a miracle for the Jays to climb out of this large deficit and contend for pennant race.