The Toronto Blue Jays are the only Canadian team in Major League Baseball (MLB). In the early 1990s, there was no getting around them.
The Toronto Blue Jays participate as an expansion team in the MLB. The Canadian team was founded in 1977. The name comes from a type of bird, namely the blue jay. It was a perfect color match for the team. Because the traditional color of the sports team was already blue at the time of its creation. The Blue Jays had a difficult start in the league. In each of their first three years, they lost more than 100 games. It wasn't until 1983 that they won more games than they lost for the first time. In 1985, under the leadership of on-field manager Bobby Cox, they made the playoffs. The Jays could hardly be accused of lacking a fighting spirit. Still, they drew the short end of the stick after seven games against the Kansas City Royals.
It took until 1992 before the Blue Jays claimed their first postseason series. Led by player legend Roberto Alomar, they defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-2 after games and advanced to the World Series. At the time, no one knew that this win and World Series berth was the starting gun for the two greatest years in franchise history. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves in six games and lifted the trophy into the night sky at the opposing ball park for the first time - a quarter century after their inception. That triumph was repeated the following season. They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 after games and the title stayed in Toronto. However, those were the only two World Series appearances for the Canadians since then. They were unable to build on their sporting success thereafter. The Blue Jays didn't pitch in postseason games again until 2015.
Baseball Meets Art
Since opening in 1989, Rogers Centre has been the home ballpark of the Toronto Blue Jays. Built in downtown Toronto, it holds just under 49,000 spectators. The stadium is not just a ball park, but is used for a variety of events and sports. That's what makes Rogers Centre so special. It's a place where baseball is mixed with art. When the stadium opened, the decision was made to spend five million dollars on public art. It was integrated inside and outside the stadium. Among the collection are works such as "A Tribute to Badeball" by Lutz Haufschild or "The Art of the possible" by Mimi Gellman. This sculpture was even signed by the 2,000 construction workers who built the Rogers Centre.
During the season, the Blue Jays' logo - a bird with a maple leaf - can be seen outside and inside the ball park. It adorns on-field caps and players' jerseys during games. Other bird motifs, such as the bird with a baseball bat or the bird with a J, are also popular among fans. Even though the Blue Jays have not produced many players in their history who could win the Rookie of the Year Award, they still have trained one of the most promising players in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To make sure this isn't the end of the line, minor league teams Buffalo Bisons, New Hapshire Fisher Cars, Vancouver Canadians and Dunedin Blue Jays have all committed to the squad.