The Toronto Blue Jays have participated in the postseason on seven occasions since their inception into the league in 1977. On two of those postseason treks, the Blue Jays were crowned baseball royalty in back-to-back seasons in 1992 and 1993.
Their first ever appearance in the playoffs was versus the Kansas City Royals in 1985. The Jays would eventually succumb to George Brett and company in a tough, seven game ALCS battle. The Jays posted their best win/loss record in history going 99-62 with a .615 winning percentage. This season is still in the record books as the best regular season is Jays history.
However, the contingent from north of the border would once again taste defeat at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. The “Bash Brothers” would overpower the Blue Jays in five games during the ALCS. Manager Cito Gaston took over the helm of Jays manager after Jimmy Williams‘ squad got off to a 12-24 start. Gaston would right the ship seeing the Jays cruise to a 77-49 record the rest of the way clinching 1st in the AL East.
The Jays would again clinch a postseason berth in 1991 only to be bounced by the eventual World Series-champion Minnesota Twins in five games. The Twins were led by World Series MVP pitcher Jack Morris who would sign with the Blue Jays as a free agent shortly after the season concluded.
We all know what happened in 1992 and 1993 as the Blue Jays took the baseball world by storm in dramatic fashion, beating the Atlanta Braves in ’92 and the Philadelphia Phillies in ’93 to complete the back-to-back Championships.
After the World Series crowning in 1993, the Blue Jays would not get a sniff of the postseason again until 2015, when they eventually lost out the Royals in the ALCS. The playoffs had everything from bench clearings and bat flips, rejuvenating a country and their love for the game.
Most recently again in 2016, the Jays would fall short in the ALCS as their bats fell silent at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.
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