Posted on August 10 2020
The team that calls itself the Toronto Blue Jays has existed since 1977. In the AL (American League) East division, they compete in the MLB (major-league baseball). If you're familiar with the bird – the Blue Jay – this is where their name originates from. With the traditional color of blue, they share that color with two other professional sports teams from Toronto: Canadian football team the Argonauts, and ice hockey team the Maple Leafs. Technically, official colors for the Jays (as they are frequently referred to) are navy blue, royal blue, white, and red.
Are you familiar with Labatt’s Blue? It's a beer. The Labatt Brewing Company originally owned the Blue Jays. In 1977, upon the founding of the team, they were an expansion franchise. Exhibition Stadium is where they were originally based. Upon the stadium’s opening in 1989, the SkyDome is where home games began being played.
Rogers Communications currently owns the SkyDome and the Blue Jays. Upon purchasing the SkyDome, they changed the name to Rogers Center. One of the two MLB teams under corporate ownership, the Jays accompany the Atlanta Braves.
The Jays have a win/loss record of 3383 - 3458 overall from 1977 to 2020. That's a winning percentage of 0.495.
“Eras” For the Blue Jays
Some teams are known as having certain eras. The Blue Jays have had the following:
- The Ross Adkins era has lasted from 2016 to present.
- The Jose Bautista and Alex Anthopoulos era ran from 2010 to 2015.
- The Roy Halladay and J.P. Ricciardi era ran from 2002 to 2009.
- The Gord Ash era ran from 1995 to 2001.
- The Pat Gillick era ran from 1977 to 1994.
More Than One Mascot
Many teams enjoy having one mascot throughout their entire existence. With the Toronto Blue Jays, their soul mascot from 1979 to 1999 was BJ Birdy played by Kevin Shanahan. A duo called Ace and Diamond replaced him in 2000. The team removed Diamond, however, after the 2003 season meaning that the team's sole mascot became Ace. Junior, Ace's younger brother, has accompanied him since the 2010s.
Rivals are another thing altogether, however. Numerous teams may name one particular team as their archrival. But most teams consider at least several to be in the top running. When it comes to the Toronto Blue Jays, they consider their rivals to be the following:
- Seattle Mariners
- Detroit Tigers
- Montréal Expos
Hall Of Famers
The following players are Toronto Blue Jays Hall of Famers:
- Dave Winfield
- Frank Thomas
- Phil Niekro
- Jack Morris
- Paul Molitor
- Ricky Henderson
- Roy Halladay
- Pat Gillick
- Bobby Cox
- Roberto Alomar
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