1990 Toronto Blue Jays season

1990 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 1990 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's fourtheenth season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing second in the American League East with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. It was their first full season in the SkyDome, where an MLB attendance record of 3,885,284 was set that year.[1] The Blue Jays led the division by 1½ games over the Boston Red Sox with one week left in the season. However, they then proceeded to drop six of their last eight games, giving the division title to the Red Sox by a two-game margin.

Offseason

Regular season

The 1990 season belonged to third baseman Kelly Gruber. He had career highs in home runs and RBIs, with 31 and 118, respectively. Along with outfielder George Bell and pitcher Dave Stieb, Gruber was named an American League All-Star, stealing two bases in the All-Star Game on July 10 at Chicago's Wrigley Field. A finalist for the American League MVP Award, at season's end he was named the AL's Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award winner at third base.

The Blue Jays were involved in two no-hitters during the 1990 season. On June 29, Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics no-hit them by a score of 5-0. On September 2, Jays ace Dave Stieb finally got the no-hitter that had eluded him, blanking the Cleveland Indians 3-0.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 88 74 .543 --
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 .531 2
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 9
Cleveland Indians 77 85 .475 11
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 11½
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 14
New York Yankees 67 95 .414 21

Notable transactions

Eric Lindros

The hype around Eric Lindros during his early career led to an exclusive deal with sports card manufacturer SCORE. Attempting to leverage this arrangement as much as possible, he was even featured on a baseball card showing him as a third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, although he never actually played baseball. He was only there taking batting practice one day.[20]

Roster

1990 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1990 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 Borders, PatPat Borders 125 346 99 .286 15 49
1B McGriff, FredFred McGriff 153 557 167 .300 35 88
2B Lee, ManuelManuel Lee 117 391 95 .243 6 41
3B Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber 150 592 162 .274 31 118
SS Fernández, TonyTony Fernández 161 635 175 .276 4 66
LF Bell, GeorgeGeorge Bell 142 562 149 .265 21 86
CF Wilson, MookieMookie Wilson 147 588 156 .265 3 51
RF Félix, JuniorJunior Félix 127 463 122 .263 15 65
DH Olerud, JohnJohn Olerud 111 358 95 .265 14 48

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Hill, GlenallenGlenallen Hill 84 260 60 .231 12 32
Myers, GregGreg Myers 87 250 59 .236 5 22
Liriano, NelsonNelson Liriano 50 170 36 .212 1 15
Mulliniks, RanceRance Mulliniks 57 97 28 .289 2 16
Whiten, MarkMark Whiten 33 88 12 .273 2 7
Sojo, LuisLuis Sojo 33 80 18 .225 1 9
Williams, KennyKenny Williams 49 72 14 .194 0 8
Ducey, RobRob Ducey 19 53 16 .302 0 7
Lawless, TomTom Lawless 15 12 1 .083 0 1
Eppard, JimJim Eppard 6 5 1 .200 0 0
Virgil, OzzieOzzie Virgil 3 5 0 .000 0 0
Diaz, CarlosCarlos Diaz 9 3 1 .333 0 0
Quinlan, TomTom Quinlan 1 2 1 .500 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 33 208⅔ 18 6 2.93 125
Key, JimmyJimmy Key 27 154⅔ 13 7 4.25 88
Stottlemyre, ToddTodd Stottlemyre 33 203 13 17 4.34 115
Cerutti, JohnJohn Cerutti 30 140 9 9 4.76 49
Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan 5 20⅓ 2 2 5.31 5

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Wells, DavidDavid Wells 43 189 11 6 3.14 115
Blair, WillieWillie Blair 27 68.2 3 5 4.06 43
Candelaria, JohnJohn Candelaria 13 21.1 0 3 5.48 19
Black, BudBud Black 3 15.2 2 1 4.02 3
Cummings, SteveSteve Cummings 6 12.1 0 0 5.11 4

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Henke, TomTom Henke 61 2 4 32 2.17 75
Ward, DuaneDuane Ward 73 2 8 11 3.45 112
Acker, JimJim Acker 59 4 4 1 3.83 54
Wills, FrankFrank Wills 44 6 4 0 4.73 72
Kilgus, PaulPaul Kilgus 11 0 0 0 6.06 7
Leiter, AlAl Leiter 4 0 0 0 0.00 5
MacDonald, BobBob MacDonald 4 0 0 0 0.00 0
Gilles, TomTom Gilles 2 1 0 0 6.75 0
Luecken, RickRick Luecken 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

Award winners

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Bob Bailor
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League John Stearns
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Dennis Holmberg
A Myrtle Beach Blue Jays South Atlantic League Mike Fischlin
Short-Season A St. Catharines Blue Jays New York-Penn League Doug Ault
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Garth Iorg
[22][23]

References

External links

  • 1990 Toronto Blue Jays team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1990 Toronto Blue Jays team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
1989 Toronto Blue Jays season
1990 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1990
Succeeded by
1991 Toronto Blue Jays season