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1987 Toronto Blue Jays season

1987 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Toronto, Ontario (since 1977)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
    Imperial Trust,
    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
    Manager(s) Jimy Williams
    Local television CFTO-TV
    (Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
    The Sports Network
    (Buck Martinez, Fergie Olver)
    Local radio CJCL (AM)
    (Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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    The 1987 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's eleventh 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

    Regular season

    • 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

    AL East W L Pct. GB
    Detroit Tigers 98 64 .605 --
    Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 .593 2
    Milwaukee Brewers 91 71 .562 7
    New York Yankees 89 73 .549 9
    Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20
    Baltimore Orioles 67 95 .414 31
    Cleveland Indians 61 101 .377 37


    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1987 Toronto Blue Jays roster
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Game log

    1987 Game Log

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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 Whitt, ErnieErnie Whitt 135 446 120 .269 19 75
    1B Upshaw, WillieWillie Upshaw 150 512 125 .244 15 58
    2B Iorg, GarthGarth Iorg 122 310 65 .210 4 30
    3B Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber 138 341 80 .235 12 36
    SS Fernández, TonyTony Fernández 146 578 186 .322 5 67
    LF Bell, GeorgeGeorge Bell 156 610 188 .308 47 134
    CF Moseby, LloydLloyd Moseby 155 592 167 .282 26 96
    RF Barfield, JesseJesse Barfield 159 590 155 .263 28 84
    DH McGriff, FredFred McGriff 107 295 73 .247 20 43

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Mulliniks, RanceRance Mulliniks 124 332 103 .310 11 44
    Leach, RickRick Leach 98 195 55 .282 3 25
    Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder 82 175 47 .269 14 32
    Liriano, NelsonNelson Liriano 37 158 38 .241 2 10
    Lee, ManuelManuel Lee 56 121 31 .256 1 11
    Moore, CharlieCharlie Moore 51 107 23 .215 1 27
    Sharperson, MikeMike Sharperson 32 96 20 .208 0 9
    Beníquez, JuanJuan Beníquez 39 81 23 .284 5 21
    Ducey, RobRob Ducey 34 48 9 .188 1 6
    DeWillis, JeffJeff DeWillis 13 25 3 .120 1 2
    Stark, MattMatt Stark 5 12 1 .083 0 0
    Myers, GregGreg Myers 7 9 1 .111 0 0
    Thornton, LouLou Thornton 12 2 1 .500 0 0
    Infante, AlexisAlexis Infante 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Clancy, JimJim Clancy 37 241⅓ 15 11 3.54 180
    Key, JimmyJimmy Key 36 261 17 8 2.76 161
    Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 33 185 13 9 4.09 115
    Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson 14 66⅔ 3 5 5.13 27
    Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan 7 49⅓ 3 2 2.37 43
    Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro 3 12 0 2 8.25 7

    Other pitchers

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

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Henke, TomTom Henke 72 0 6 34 2.49 128
    Eichhorn, MarkMark Eichhorn 89 10 6 4 3.17 96
    Musselman, JeffJeff Musselman 68 12 5 3 4.15 54
    Lavelle, GaryGary Lavelle 23 2 3 1 5.53 17
    Wells, DavidDavid Wells 18 4 3 1 3.99 32
    Ward, DuaneDuane Ward 12 1 0 0 6.94 10
    Gordon, DonDon Gordon 5 0 0 0 4.09 3

    Award winners

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Myrtle Beach[13]

    References

    1. Dennis Lamp page at Baseball Reference
    2. Luis Leal page at Baseball Reference
    3. Ron Shepherd page at Baseball Reference
    4. 3 Pitch Inning
    5. Bill Caudill page at Baseball Reference
    6. Ryan Thompson page at Baseball Reference
    7. Steve Wapnick page at Baseball Reference
    8. Darren Lewis page at Baseball Reference
    9. Gary Lavelle page at Baseball Reference
    10. Mike Flanagan page at Baseball Reference
    11. Mike Sharperson page 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, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

    External links

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