1988 Toronto Blue Jays season

1988 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Record 87–75 (.537)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s) Pat Gillick
Manager(s) Jimy Williams
Local television CFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Fergie Olver, Buck Martinez)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1988 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 12th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing third in the American League East with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses. This was the team's last full season at Exhibition Stadium before moving to their new home in June of the following year.


Regular season

  • April 4, 1988: George Bell set a record for the most home runs hit on Opening Day, with three.[4] Bell accomplished this in a game versus the Kansas City Royals.
  • September 24 and 30, 1988: Dave Stieb had two consecutive no-hitters broken up in the ninth inning with two outs and two strikes.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 8973 0.549 53–28 36–45
Detroit Tigers 8874 0.543 1 50–31 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 8775 0.537 2 47–34 40–41
Toronto Blue Jays 8775 0.537 2 45–36 42–39
New York Yankees 8576 0.528 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 7884 0.481 11 44–37 34–47
Baltimore Orioles 54107 0.335 34½ 34–46 20–61

Record vs. opponents

1988 American League Records

Baltimore 4–95–74–74–95–80–124–93–93–104–87–56–65–8
Boston 9–48–47–58–56–76–610–37–59–43–96–68–42–11
California 7–54–89–48–45–75–83–94–96–64–96–78–56–6
Chicago 7–45–74–93–93–97–66–64–93–95–89–48–57–5
Cleveland 9–45–84–89–34–96–69–45–76–74–85–76–66–7
Detroit 8–57–67–59–39–48–45–81–118–54–89–38–45–8
Kansas City 12–06–68–56–76–64–83–97–66–68–57–57–64–8
Milwaukee 9–43–109–36–64–98–59–37–56–73–98–48–47–6
Minnesota 9–35–79–49–47–511–16–75–73–95–88–57–67–5
New York 10–34–96–69–37–65–86–67–69–36–65–75–66–7
Oakland 8–49–39–48–58–48–45–89–38–56–69–48–59–3
Seattle 5–76–67–64–97–53–95–74–85–87–54–96–75–7
Texas 6–64–85–85–86–64–86–74–86–76–55–87–66–6
Toronto 8–511–26–65–77–68–58–46–75–77–63–97–56–6

Notable transactions

  • June 1, 1988: David Weathers was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1988.


1988 Toronto Blue Jays
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Game log

1988 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

= Indicates team leader
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CErnie Whitt127398100.2511670
1BFred McGriff154536151.2823482
2BManuel Lee116381111.291238
3BKelly Gruber158569158.2781681
SSTony Fernández154648186.287570
LFGeorge Bell156614165.2692497
CFLloyd Moseby128472113.2391042
RFJesse Barfield137468114.2441856
DHRance Mulliniks119337101.3001248

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Nelson Liriano9927673.264323
Rick Leach8719955.276023
Cecil Fielder7417440.230923
Pat Borders5615442.273521
Sil Campusano7313241.218212
Juan Beníquez275817.29318
Rob Ducey275417.31506
Sal Butera236014.23316
Alexis Infante19153.20000
Lou Thornton1120.00000


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Flanagan3421113134.1899
Dave Stieb32207⅓1683.04147
Jim Clancy36196⅓11134.49118
Jimmy Key21131⅓1253.2965
Todd Stottlemyre2898485.6967
Jeff Musselman1585853.1839

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Cerutti46123⅔673.1365
José Núñez1329⅓013.0718

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke5244252.9166
Duane Ward6493153.3091
David Wells413544.6256
Mark Eichhorn370314.1928
Tony Castillo141003.0014
Frank Wills100005.2319
Doug Bair100004.058
Mark Ross30004.914

Awards and records

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Bob Bailor
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League Barry Foote
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Doug Ault
A Myrtle Beach Blue Jays South Atlantic League Richie Hebner
A-Short Season St. Catharines Blue Jays New York–Penn League Eddie Dennis
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Rocket Wheeler



  1. Mark Ross at Baseball Reference
  2. Sal Butera at Baseball Reference
  3. Willie Upshaw at Baseball Reference
  4. SI.com - Statitudes - Statitudes: Opening Day 2002, By the Numbers - Sunday March 30, 2003 01:50 AM
  5. Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  6. 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
1987 Toronto Blue Jays season
1988 Toronto Blue Jays Season
Succeeded by
1989 Toronto Blue Jays season
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