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.
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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.