1990 Toronto Blue Jays season

1990 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Record 86–76 (.531)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s) Pat Gillick
Manager(s) Cito Gaston
Local television CFTO-TV
(Don Chevrier, Tommy Hutton, Fergie Olver)
The Sports Network
(Jim Hughson, Buck Martinez)
Local radio CJCL (AM)
(Jerry Howarth, Tom Cheek)
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The 1990 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 14th season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing second in the American League East with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. It was their first full season in the SkyDome, where an MLB attendance record of 3,885,284 was set that year.[1] The Blue Jays led the division by 1½ games over the Boston Red Sox with one week left in the season. However, they then proceeded to drop six of their last eight games, giving the division title to the Red Sox by a two-game margin.


Regular season

The 1990 season belonged to third baseman Kelly Gruber. He had career highs in home runs and RBIs, with 31 and 118, respectively. Along with outfielder George Bell and pitcher Dave Stieb, Gruber was named an American League All-Star, stealing two bases in the All-Star Game on July 10 at Chicago's Wrigley Field. A finalist for the American League MVP Award, at season's end he was named the AL's Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award winner at third base.

The Blue Jays were involved in two no-hitters during the 1990 season. On June 29, Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics no-hit them by a score of 5–0. On September 2, Jays ace Dave Stieb finally got the no-hitter that had eluded him, blanking the Cleveland Indians 3–0.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 8874 0.543 51–30 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 8676 0.531 2 44–37 42–39
Detroit Tigers 7983 0.488 9 39–42 40–41
Cleveland Indians 7785 0.475 11 41–40 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 7685 0.472 11½ 40–40 36–45
Milwaukee Brewers 7488 0.457 14 39–42 35–46
New York Yankees 6795 0.414 21 37–44 30–51

Record vs. opponents

1990 American League Records

Baltimore 4–97–56–66–76–78–37–66–66–74–83–98–45–8
Boston 9–47–56–69–48–54–85–84–89–44–88–45–710–3
California 5–75–75–87–55–77–67–59–46–64–95–88–57–5
Chicago 6–66–68–55–75–79–410–27–610–28–58–57–65–7
Cleveland 7–64–95–77–55–86–69–47–55–84–87–57–54–9
Detroit 7–65–87–57–58–55–73–106–67–66–67–56–65–8
Kansas City 3–88–46–74–96–67–54–88–58–44–97–65–85–7
Milwaukee 6–78–55–72–104–910–38–44–86–75–74–85–77–6
Minnesota 6–68–44–96–75–76–65–88–46–66–76–75–83–9
New York 7–64–96–62–108–56–74–87–66–60–129–33–95–8
Oakland 8–48–49–45–88–46–69–47–57–612–09–48–57–5
Seattle 9–34–88–55–85–75–76–78–47–63–94–97–66–6
Texas 4–87–55–86–75–76–68–57–58–59–35–86–77–5
Toronto 8–53–105–77–59–48–57–56–79–38–55–76–65–7

Notable transactions

Eric Lindros

The hype around Eric Lindros during his early career led to an exclusive deal with sports card manufacturer SCORE. Attempting to leverage this arrangement as much as possible, he was even featured on a baseball card showing him as a third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays, although he never actually played baseball. He was only there taking batting practice one day.[20]


1990 Toronto Blue Jays
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Game log

1990 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
CPat Borders12534699.2861549
1BFred McGriff153557167.3003588
2BManuel Lee11739195.243641
3BKelly Gruber150592162.27431118
SSTony Fernández161635175.276466
LFGeorge Bell142562149.2652186
CFMookie Wilson147588156.265351
RFJunior Félix127463122.2631565
DHJohn Olerud11135895.2651448

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Glenallen Hill8426060.2311232
Greg Myers8725059.236522
Nelson Liriano5017036.212115
Rance Mulliniks579728.289216
Mark Whiten338812.27327
Luis Sojo338018.22519
Kenny Williams497214.19408
Rob Ducey195316.30207
Tom Lawless15121.08301
Jim Eppard651.20000
Ozzie Virgil350.00000
Carlos Diaz931.33300
Tom Quinlan121.50000


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Stieb33208⅔1862.93125
Jimmy Key27154⅔1374.2588
Todd Stottlemyre3320313174.34115
John Cerutti30140994.7649
Mike Flanagan520⅓225.315

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Wells431891163.14115
Willie Blair2768.2354.0643
John Candelaria1321.1035.4819
Bud Black315.2214.023
Steve Cummings612.1005.114

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke6124322.1775
Duane Ward7328113.45112
Jim Acker594413.8354
Frank Wills446404.7372
Paul Kilgus110006.067
Al Leiter40000.005
Bob MacDonald40000.000
Tom Gilles21006.750
Rick Luecken10009.000

Award winners

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Bob Bailor
AA Knoxville Blue Jays Southern League John Stearns
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Dennis Holmberg
A Myrtle Beach Blue Jays South Atlantic League Mike Fischlin
A-Short Season St. Catharines Blue Jays New York–Penn League Doug Ault
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Garth Iorg



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Preceded by
1989 Toronto Blue Jays season
1990 Toronto Blue Jays Season
Succeeded by
1991 Toronto Blue Jays season
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