|1993 Toronto Blue Jays|
|World Series Champions|
American League Champions
American League East Division Champions
|Major League affiliations|
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Paul Beeston (CEO)
|General manager(s)||Pat Gillick|
|Local television||CFTO-TV 9/CBLT–TV 5|
(Don Chevrier, Tom Hutton, Brian Williams, Fergie Olver, Jim Hughson)
The Sports Network
(Jim Hughson, Buck Martinez)
|Local radio||CJCL–AM 1430|
(Tom Cheek, Jerry Howarth)
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The 1993 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 17th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing first in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses. They were shut out only once (on June 30, by Fernando Valenzuela) in 162 regular-season games. The Blue Jays would repeat as World Champions and become the first back-to-back champions since the 1977–1978 New York Yankees. The American League Championship Series would see the Blue Jays play the Chicago White Sox. After defeating the White Sox in six games, the Blue Jays would beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series, also in six games. The team would not qualify for the postseason again until the 2015 season.
This season marked the first time that a manager from the Blue Jays would manage the American League in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the 64th Mid-Summer Classic and was played on July 13 at Camden Yards in Baltimore with Cito Gaston leading the American League squad. John Olerud, Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, and Paul Molitor were all starters for the American League. Pat Hentgen, Duane Ward and Devon White were named as reserves to the American League team. In the game, the American League defeated the National League by a score of 9–3. White, Alomar, Molitor, Carter and Olerud, batting first through fifth for most games, proved to be very strong offensively, and were nicknamed WAMCO. When Rickey Henderson joined the Jays on July 31, and was placed as the leadoff hitter, the nickname (now for the first six in the batting order) was then able to be spelled HWAMCO or HWACOM.
Transactions by the Toronto Blue Jays during the off-season before the 1993 season.
|October 15||Butch Davis granted free agency (signed with Texas Rangers to a one-year, $130,000 on December 15, 1992). |
Terry McGriff granted free agency (signed with Florida Marlins to a contract on December 9, 1992).
|October 24||Tom Henke granted free agency (signed with Texas Rangers to a two-year, $8 million contract on December 15, 1992).|
|October 26||Mike Maksudian selected by the Minnesota Twins off of waivers.|
|October 27||Jimmy Key granted free agency (signed with New York Yankees to a four-year, $17 million contract on December 10, 1992).|
|October 28||Dave Stieb granted free agency (signed with Chicago White Sox to a one-year, $300,000 contract on December 8, 1992). |
Pat Tabler granted free agency.
|October 29||Mark Eichhorn granted free agency (signed with Toronto Blue Jays to a one-year, $850,000 contract on January 6, 1993). |
Alfredo Griffin granted free agency (signed with Toronto Blue Jays to a one-year, $500,000 contract on January 8, 1993).
Rance Mulliniks granted free agency.
|October 30||Joe Carter granted free agency (signed with Toronto Blue Jays to a three-year, $18.5 million contract on December 7, 1992). |
David Cone granted free agency (signed with Kansas City Royals to a three-year, $18 million contract on December 8, 1992).
Candy Maldonado granted free agency (signed with Chicago Cubs to a two-year, $3.3 million contract on December 11, 1992).
|November 2||Dave Winfield granted free agency (signed with Minnesota Twins to a two-year, $5.425 million contract on December 17, 1992).|
|November 4||Manny Lee granted free agency (signed with Texas Rangers to a two-year, $3.2 million contract on December 19, 1992).|
|November 17||Signed amateur free agent Beiker Graterol to a contract. |
Nigel Wilson selected by the Florida Marlins as the 2nd pick in the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft.
David Weathers selected by the Florida Marlins as the 29th pick in the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft.
Marcus Moore selected by the Colorado Rockies as the 56th pick in the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft.
|November 27||Signed free agent Darnell Coles from the Cincinnati Reds to a two-year, $1 million contract.|
|December 7||Graeme Lloyd drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1992 MLB Rule 5 draft. |
Drafted Billy Taylor from the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 MLB Rule 5 draft.
Re-signed free agent Joe Carter to a three-year, $18.5 million contract.
Signed free agent Paul Molitor from the Milwaukee Brewers to a three-year, $12 million contract.
|December 8||Signed free agent Danny Cox from the Pittsburgh Pirates to a one-year, $550,000 contract. |
Signed free agent Dave Stewart from the Oakland Athletics to a two-year, $8.5 million contract.
Acquired Luis Sojo from the California Angels for Kelly Gruber.
|January 6||Re-signed free agent Mark Eichhorn to a one-year, $850,000 contract.|
|January 8||Re-signed free agent Alfredo Griffin to a one-year, $500,000 contract.|
|January 11||Signed free agent Tony Castillo from the Detroit Tigers to a one-year, $185,000 contract.|
|January 15||Signed free agent Dick Schofield from the California Angels to a one-year, $800,000 contract.|
|March 16||Ricky Trlicek selected off of waviers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.|
|March 30||Player rights to Bob MacDonald sold to the Detroit Tigers. |
Released David Wells.
Acquired Darrin Jackson from the San Diego Padres for Derek Bell and Stoney Briggs.
|April 3||Returned Billy Taylor to the Atlanta Braves.|
The Toronto Blue Jays spent their 17th spring training at Dunedin, Florida, while playing their home exhibition games at Dunedin Stadium at Grant Field for the 4th Spring training season.
|Toronto Blue Jays||95||67||0.586||—||48–33||47–34|
|New York Yankees||88||74||0.543||7||50–31||38–43|
|Boston Red Sox||80||82||0.494||15||43–38||37–44|
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|1993 Toronto Blue Jays|
Transactions for the Toronto Blue Jays during the 1993 regular season.
|April 8||Signed free agent Lee Stevens from the Montreal Expos to a contract.|
|April 13||Purchased the contract of Willie Cañate from the Cincinnati Reds.|
|April 15||Released Ken Dayley.|
|April 25||Signed free agent Scott Bailes from the Kansas City Royals to a contract.|
|June 11||Acquired Tony Fernández from the New York Mets for Darrin Jackson.|
|June 17||Doug Linton selected off of waivers by the California Angels.|
|July 31||Acquired Rickey Henderson from the Oakland Athletics for Steve Karsay and a player to be named later (José Herrera on August 6, 1993).|
|August 12||Signed free agent Randy St. Claire from the Seattle Mariners to a contract. |
Signed free agent Matt Young from the Cleveland Indians to a contract.
|September 8||Released Matt Young.|
|Blue Jays win||Blue Jays loss||Game postponed|
|1993 Game Log: 95–67 (Home: 48–33; Road: 47–34)|
|= Indicates team leader|
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note; G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Main article: 1993 American League Championship Series
October 5, Comiskey Park
|W: Juan Guzmán (1–0) L: Jack McDowell (0–1)|
|HRs: TOR – Paul Molitor (1)|
The ALCS opened at Comiskey Park with a battle of aces, as Toronto threw Juan Guzmán against Chicago's Jack McDowell, the eventual 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner. The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Jays third baseman Ed Sprague stroked a triple to right field that scored John Olerud and Paul Molitor. The White Sox took a 3–2 lead in the bottom of the fourth with RBI base hits by Ozzie Guillén and Tim Raines, but Toronto stormed back in its half of the fifth with a two-run double by Olerud and a run-scoring single by Molitor. The Jays' designated hitter added a two-run homer in the seventh that finally chased McDowell, and the Chicago batters could muster nothing more against Toronto's bullpen as the Jays took the game 7–3 and a 1–0 lead in the series.
October 6, Comiskey Park
|W: Dave Stewart (1–0) L: Alex Fernandez (0–1) SV: Duane Ward (1)|
In Game 2, the Jays' Dave Stewart faced off against the Sox' Alex Fernandez. Toronto struck in the first when Rickey Henderson reached on an error by Dan Pasqua and later scored on a fielder's choice by Roberto Alomar, but the Pale Hose tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Stewart walked the bases loaded and then unleashed a wild pitch, scoring Raines. The contest remained knotted at one-all until the top of the fourth, when the Jays touched Fernandez for two runs via singles by Tony Fernández and Pat Borders. As in the first game, the ChiSox could not solve Toronto's relievers, and Duane Ward (who had notched a league-leading 45 saves during the regular season) secured his first playoff save as the Jays took a 2–0 lead in the series with a 3–1 victory.
October 8, SkyDome
|W: Wilson Álvarez (1–0) L: Pat Hentgen (0–1)|
The series shifted north of the border for Game 3, featuring Chicago's Wilson Álvarez taking on Toronto's Pat Hentgen. The two starters traded zeroes until the South Siders erupted with a five-run third, including a pair of two-run singles by Ellis Burks and Lance Johnson. The Blue Jays got a run in the bottom half of the frame when Henderson doubled, stole third, and scored on a Devon White single, but Hentgen was pulled in the fourth after giving up back-to-back base hits. His replacement on the mound, Danny Cox, gave up another run when a Robin Ventura sacrifice fly plated Guillén. This was more than enough for Alvarez, who went the distance as the Pale Hose cut Toronto's series lead to 2–1.
October 9, SkyDome
|W: Tim Belcher (1–0) L: Todd Stottlemyre (0–1) SV: Roberto Hernández (1)|
|HRs: CHI – Frank Thomas (1), Lance Johnson (1)|
In the fourth game, the ChiSox sent Jason Bere to the hill against the Jays' Todd Stottlemyre. The South Siders took a 2–0 lead in the top of the second thanks to a home run by Johnson, but Toronto came back in the third with an RBI double from Alomar and a two-run single by Joe Carter, after which Pale Hose skipper Gene Lamont yanked Bere and replaced him with Tim Belcher. Chicago reclaimed its two-run advantage in the sixth when Frank Thomas tattooed a solo homer and Johnson tripled to center, scoring Burks and Bo Jackson. In the bottom of the inning, another RBI double from Alomar cut the lead to one, but the White Sox again restored their two-run lead in the seventh with a groundout from Joey Cora that scored Guillén and then extended it to three runs in the ninth with a single by Ventura. Roberto Hernández shut the door on the Jays in the bottom half of the inning, and the series was tied at two games apiece.
October 10, SkyDome
|W: Juan Guzmán (2–0) L: Jack McDowell (0–2)|
|HRs: CHI – Ellis Burks (1), Robin Ventura (1)|
Game 5 was a rematch of Game 1, with McDowell facing Guzmán. In the first, Henderson doubled to left and then tried to steal third, but McDowell's throwing error resulted in Henderson coming home for a 1–0 Toronto lead. The Jays tacked on single runs in the second, third, and fourth, but Burks broke the shutout in the Chicago fifth with a solo home run. In the seventh, Scott Radinsky and Hernández came in to stop the bleeding for the ChiSox, but they combined to give up another run. In the ninth, Ward entered to close out the game and Ventura greeted him with a two-run shot, but he maintained his composure and struck out Jackson to give Toronto a 3–2 ALCS lead.
October 12, Comiskey Park
|W: Dave Stewart (2–0) L: Alex Fernandez (0–2) SV: Duane Ward (2)|
|HRs: TOR – Devon White (1); CHI – Warren Newson (1)|
The series returned to the Windy City for Game 6, as Stewart again faced Fernandez. In the top of the second, Borders ripped a two-run single that gave the Jays the lead, but the Pale Hose tied it in the third with a bases-loaded walk by Thomas and a fielder's choice from Ventura. In the fourth, Toronto took the lead back when Molitor reached on an error by Ventura and came home on a fielder's choice by Borders. The game stayed that way until the ninth, when White homered and Molitor cracked a two-run triple to right, giving the Jays a 6–2 lead. ChiSox reserve outfielder Warren Newson tagged Ward for a solo homer in the ninth, but the Jays closer recovered and induced a flyout from Raines, sealing the game 6–3 and Toronto's second American League pennant in a row.
Main article: 1993 World Series
October 16, 1993, at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The series' first game sent two staff aces -- Curt Schilling for Philadelphia and Juan Guzman for Toronto—against one another. The result was less than a pitcher's duel, however, as both teams scored early and often.
The deciding plays came in the middle innings. With Toronto behind 4–3 in the 5th inning, Devon White hit a solo home run to tie the game. The next inning, John Olerud hit a solo home run of his own to put Toronto on top. Toronto added three insurance runs in the bottom of the 7th and held on to win 8–5. Al Leiter pitched 22⁄3 innings—in relief of a sporadic Juan Guzman, who walked four in just five innings—for his first World Series win. John Kruk had three hits for Philadelphia.
|W: Al Leiter (1–0) L: Curt Schilling (0–1) S: Duane Ward (1)|
|HR – TOR: Devon White (1), John Olerud (1)|
October 17, 1993, at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
In the second game of the series, Dave Stewart was on the mound for Toronto and Terry Mulholland started for Philadelphia. Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead: in the third inning, Jim Eisenreich followed John Kruk and Dave Hollins RBI singles with a three-run home run to deep right-centre. Toronto got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning courtesy of a Joe Carter two-run home run to left (his second most important home run of the series by a wide margin), but the Jays were unable to mount a significant offensive push later in the game. Philadelphia held on to win 6–4. Terry Mulholland pitched 52⁄3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs, for the win.
|W: Terry Mulholland (1–0) L: Dave Stewart (0–1) S: Mitch Williams (1)|
|HR: PHI – Jim Eisenreich (1), Lenny Dykstra (1) TOR – Joe Carter (1)|
October 19, 1993, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia
For Toronto, Pat Hentgen faced off against Philadelphia starter Danny Jackson in Game 3. Hentgen pitched a strong 6 innings, allowing just 1 run, and the Toronto offense took care of the rest. Toronto won 10–3.
Toronto manager Cito Gaston was faced with an unusual and difficult decision prior to game time. As the series switched the National League ballpark, Gaston was forced to sit one player from his regular line-up as the designated hitter (DH) would not be allowed to play. As regular DH Paul Molitor had been a hot hand in the line-up, Gaston elected to sit firstbaseman John Olerud and place Molitor at first base. The decision was potentially controversial as Olerud led the American League in batting during the year with a .363 average and Molitor was the less sure-handed fielder. Molitor, however, put these concerns to rest, going 3 for 4, hitting a home run in the 3rd inning, and driving in 3 runs.
|W: Pat Hentgen (1–0) L: Danny Jackson (0–1)|
|HR: TOR – Paul Molitor (1) PHI – Milt Thompson (1)|
October 20, 1993, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia
In the fourth game of the series, Todd Stottlemyre started for Toronto while Tommy Greene started for Philadelphia. The starters are notable because neither lasted three innings.
In one of the more unusual plays in World Series history, Todd Stottlemyre, trying to go first to third on a Roberto Alomar single in the 2nd inning, did a bellyflop diving into third base, where he was called out. Todd's awkward dive resulted in an abrasion on his chin and appeared to shake him up in the next inning, during which he surrendered a Lenny Dykstra two-run home run. Stottlemyre was pulled after the second inning, having already given up six runs. (Tommy Greene fared little better, being pulled after giving up seven runs in 21⁄3 innings.)
Philadelphia took a commanding 12–7 lead in the 5th inning, courtesy of two-run home runs from Darren Daulton and Dykstra, and a run-scoring double from Milt Thompson.
Toronto fought back from a 14–9 deficit in the 8th inning, scoring six runs on run scoring hits from Paul Molitor, Tony Fernández, Rickey Henderson, and Devon White. Duane Ward pitched the final 11⁄3 innings, preserving the 15–14 victory. Three new World Series records included the longest game at four hours fourteen minutes (4:14), most runs by both clubs with twenty-nine (29), and runs scored by a losing team with fourteen (14).
Also, Charlie Williams became the first African American to serve as the home plate umpire for a World Series game.
|W: Tony Castillo (1–0) L: Mitch Williams (0–1) S: Duane Ward (2)|
|HR: PHI – Lenny Dykstra 2 (3), Darren Daulton (1)|
October 21, 1993, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia
The offenses were due for an off-day, and it came in Game 5 courtesy of a Curt Schilling (Philadelphia) and Juan Guzman (Toronto) pitching duel. Schilling shut down the previously unstoppable Toronto offense, limiting the team to just five hits and no runs. Guzman pitched well in a losing effort, allowing only two runs and five hits in seven innings of work.
The two runs scored as a result of scrappy play from the Philadelphia offense. In the first inning, Lenny Dykstra walked, stole second, moved to third on a Pat Borders throwing error, and scored on a John Kruk ground out. In the second inning, Darren Daulton opened with a double, took third on a ground out, and scored on a Kevin Stocker single.
|W: Curt Schilling (1–1) L: Juan Guzman (1–1)|
October 23, 1993, at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The sixth game in the series was a rematch between Game 2 starters Terry Mulholland and Dave Stewart, who would have similar results. Toronto opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with a run-scoring Paul Molitor triple, Joe Carter sacrifice fly, and Roberto Alomar RBI single. Molitor added a solo home run in the 5th inning, bringing the score to 5–1 for Toronto.
In the 7th inning, Philadelphia fought back with five runs to take a 6–5 lead. Lenny Dykstra hit a three-run home run, Dave Hollins had an RBI single and Pete Incaviglia hit a sacrifice fly. The inning brought an end to Dave Stewart's night, leaving the game with 6 innings pitched and 4 runs given up.
Philadelphia closer Mitch Williams came on to the pitch the bottom of the 9th with Philadelphia clinging to a 6–5 lead. After beginning the inning by walking Rickey Henderson, Williams tried to counter Henderson's speed by pitching out of a slide-step style of pitching delivery. Prior to Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, Williams never used the slide-step delivery in his career. This may have cut back on the velocity of the hard throwing Williams. The walk to Henderson was followed by a Devon White fly out and a single by Paul Molitor. Joe Carter came up next and, on a two strike pitch, he hit an inside pitch just over the left field fence for a three-run walk-off home run, giving the Blue Jays a come-from-behind 8–6 victory, and the World Series crown. This was the last major North American professional sports championship won by a Canadian-based team until 2019, when the Toronto Raptors, a team that was formed in 1995, defeated the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in a six-game NBA Finals.
|W: Duane Ward (1–0) L: Mitch Williams (0–2)|
|HR: PHI – Lenny Dykstra (4) TOR – Paul Molitor (2), Joe Carter (2)|
|Blue Jays win||Blue Jays loss||Game postponed|
|1993 Playoff Game Log|
|Roberto Alomar||Gold Glove Award||November 1993|
|Paul Molitor||Babe Ruth Award||November 1993|
|Player of the Month Award||May 1993|
|Silver Slugger Award||November 1993|
|John Olerud||AL Player of the Week||May 31–June 6, 1993|
|AL Player of the Month||April 1993|
|AL Player of the Month||June 1993|
|AL Batting Champion, .363 Batting average||October 1993|
|Hutch Award||November 1993|
|Devon White||Gold Glove Award||November 1993|
|Dave Stewart||ALCS MVP||October 1993|
|Paul Molitor||World Series MVP||October 1993|
Main article: 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|2B||12||Roberto Alomar||American League
|1B||9||John Olerud||American League
|RF||29||Joe Carter||American League
|OF||25||Devon White||American League||2||1||1|
|19||Paul Molitor||American League
|41||Pat Hentgen||American League||did not pitch|
|31||Duane Ward||American League||1||2|
|43||Cito Gaston||American League||Manager|
|42||Galen Cisco||American League||Pitching|
|8||John Sullivan||American League||Bullpen|
|18||Gene Tenace||American League||Bench|
See also: Minor League Baseball
|AAA||Syracuse Chiefs||International League||Nick Leyva and Bob Didier|
|AA||Knoxville Smokies||Southern League||Garth Iorg|
|A||Dunedin Blue Jays||Florida State League||Dennis Holmberg|
|A||Hagerstown Suns||South Atlantic League||Jim Nettles|
|A-Short Season||St. Catharines Blue Jays||New York–Penn League||J. J. Cannon|
|Rookie||GCL Blue Jays||Gulf Coast League||Héctor Torres|
|Rookie||Medicine Hat Blue Jays||Pioneer League||Omar Malavé|