2002 Toronto Blue Jays season

2002 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 2002 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's twenty-sixth season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing third in the American League East with a record of 78 wins and 84 losses.


Regular season


The Blue Jays started the 2002 season with slow progress in performance. Buck Martinez was fired about a third of the way through the season, with a 20–33 record. He was replaced by third base coach Carlos Tosca, an experienced minor league manager. They went 58–51 under Tosca to finish the season 78–84. Roy Halladay, a talented but inconsistent prospect who was no more than a fifth starter who alternated between Toronto and Triple-A during his first three seasons, was relied on as the team's ace and rose to the challenge being the team's top pitcher, finishing the season with a 19–7 record and a 2.93 ERA. The hitters were led once again by Carlos Delgado. Ricciardi was credited for dumping Raúl Mondesí in mid-season to the New York Yankees to free up his salary, which in turn was used for the off-season signing of Mike Bordick, Frank Catalanotto and Tanyon Sturtze. Promising young players were assigned to key roles, including starting third baseman Eric Hinske (who later won the Rookie of the Year Award for this year) and 23-year-old centre fielder Vernon Wells, who had his first 100 RBI season replacing Mondesi. Another bright young player was Josh Phelps, a former catcher turned designated hitter, who hit 15 home runs.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 103   58 .640    --
Boston Red Sox   93   69 .574 10.5
Toronto Blue Jays   78   84 .481 25.5
Baltimore Orioles   67   95 .414 36.5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays   55 106 .342 48.0

Notable transactions

2002 Draft picks

Source [8]

The 2002 MLB Draft was held on June 4–5.

Round Pick Player Position College/School Nationality Signed
1 14 Russ Adams SS North Carolina United States 2002–06–07
2 55 Dave Bush RHP Wake Forest United States 2002–06–04
3 86 Justin Maureau LHP Wichita State United States
4 110 Adam Peterson RHP Wichita State United States 2002–06–11
5 146 Chad Pleiness RHP Central Michigan United States
6 176 Jason Perry OF Georgia Tech United States 2002–06–22
7 206 Brian Grant RHP C.B. Aycock High School (NC) United States
8 236 Chris Leonard LHP Miami (FL) United States
9 266 Russ Savickas RHP Johnston High School United States
10 296 Eric Arnold 2B Rice United States


2002 Toronto Blue Jays
Pitchers Catchers





Game log

2002 Game Log

Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CF Vernon Wells 159 608 167 .275 23 100

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Joe Lawrence 55 150 27 .180 2 15


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Award winners

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs International League Omar Malave
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Rocket Wheeler
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Marty Pevey
A Charleston Alley Cats South Atlantic League Paul Elliott
Short-Season A Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League Dennis Holmberg
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Rolando Pino


External links

  • 2002 Toronto Blue Jays team page at Baseball Reference
  • 2002 Toronto Blue Jays team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
2001 Toronto Blue Jays season
2002 Toronto Blue Jays Season
Succeeded by
2003 Toronto Blue Jays season