1983 Toronto Blue Jays season

1983 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 89–73 (.549)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s) Pat Gillick
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television CFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1983 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's seventh season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing fourth in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses. It was the franchise's first winning season, and it started a streak of 11 consecutive winning seasons. It was the team's first season to use the song "OK Blue Jays" in the seventh-inning stretch.

Offseason

Regular season

  • Willie Upshaw became the first Blue Jay to get over 100 RBIs with 104
  • On August 4, 1983, New York Yankee Dave Winfield, while warming up before the 5th inning of a game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown ball. He doffed his cap in mock sorrow. Fans responded by hurling obscenities and improvised missiles. After the game, he was brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and was forced to post a $500 bond before being released. Quipped Yankees manager Billy Martin, "It's the first time he's hit the cutoff man." The charges were dropped the following day.[3] For years afterward Winfield's appearances in Toronto were greeted with loud choruses of boos, but he later became a fan favorite when he joined the team in 1992.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 9864 0.605 50–31 48–33
Detroit Tigers 9270 0.568 6 48–33 44–37
New York Yankees 9171 0.562 7 51–30 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 8973 0.549 9 48–33 41–40
Milwaukee Brewers 8775 0.537 11 52–29 35–46
Boston Red Sox 7884 0.481 20 38–43 40–41
Cleveland Indians 7092 0.432 28 36–45 34–47

Record vs. opponents

1983 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 8–57–57–56–75–88–411–28–46–78–48–49–37–6
Boston 5–86–66–67–64–95–74–95–77–68–47–57–57–6
California 5–76–63–108–44–86–76–66–75–75–86–76–74–8
Chicago 5–76–610–38–48–49–44–88–58–48–512–18–55–7
Cleveland 7–66–74–84–85–87–53–106–66–77–58–43–94–9
Detroit 8–59–48–44–88–57–56–79–35–86–68–48–46–7
Kansas City 4–87–57–64–95–75–76–66–76–67–68–58–5–16–6
Milwaukee 2–119–46–68–410–37–66–68–44–96–65–78–48–5
Minnesota 4–87–57–65–86–63–97–64–84–84–99–45–85–7
New York 7–66–77–54–87–68–56–69–48–48–47–57–57–6
Oakland 4–84–88–55–85–76–66–76–69–44–89–42–116–6
Seattle 4–85–77–61–124–84–85–87–54–95–74–96–74–8
Texas 3–95–77–65–89–34–85–8–14–88–55–711–27–64–8
Toronto 6–76–78–47–59–47–66–65–87–56–76–68–48–4

Notable transactions

Roster

1983 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1983 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
CErnie Whitt1233445388152.25617561
1BWillie Upshaw16057999177267.3062710410
2BDámaso García13152584161236.30733831
3BRance Mulliniks12936454100343.27510490
SSAlfredo Griffin16252862132229.2504478
LFDave Collins11840255109124.27113431
CFLloyd Moseby151539104170317.315188127
RFJesse Barfield1283885898133.25327682
DHCliff Johnson14240759108231.26522760

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
Garth Iorg12237540103225.2752397
Barry Bonnell12137749120213.318105410
Jorge Orta103245305863.23710381
Buck Martinez882212756140.25310330
George Bell3911253054.2682171
Hosken Powell408361400.169172
Mickey Klutts224331100.256350
Tony Fernández15345911.265020
Mitch Webster11112200.182000
Geno Petralli640000.000000

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA R ER BB K
Dave Stieb363627817123.041059493187
Jim Clancy343422315113.91115976199
Luis Leal3535217.113124.3111310465116
Jim Gott3430176.29144.741039368121
Doyle Alexander1715116.2763.9355512646
Matt Williams4381114.63131375

Other pitchers

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; IP = Innings pitched; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Jim Acker38597.25114.3352473844
Mike Morgan16445.10305.1626262122

Relief pitchers

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA IP R ER BB K
Joey McLaughlin5064.27494.4533323747
Roy Lee Jackson49928374.5048464148
Dave Geisel4752.10354.6428273150
Randy Moffitt4557.162103.7727242438
Stan Clarke10111103.274457
Don Cooper45.10006.754405

Award winners

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Jim Beauchamp
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League John McLaren
A Kinston Blue Jays Carolina League Ron Clark and Doug Ault
A Florence Blue Jays South Atlantic League Dennis Holmberg
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Epy Guerrero
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Duane Larson

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Notes

  1. Fred McGriff at Baseball Reference
  2. https://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kluttmi01.shtml
  3. Jane, Gross (August 6, 1983). "Winfield charges will be dropped". The New York Times. p. 1.29.
  4. Cecil Fielder at Baseball Reference
  5. Webster Garrison at Baseball Reference
  6. Doyle Alexander at Baseball Reference
  7. Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  8. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
Preceded by
1982 Toronto Blue Jays season
1983 Toronto Blue Jays Season
1983
Succeeded by
1984 Toronto Blue Jays season
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