1979 Toronto Blue Jays season

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1979 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Labatt Breweries,
Imperial Trust,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
General manager(s) Pat Gillick
Manager(s) Roy Hartsfield
Local television CBC Television
(Don Chevrier, Tony Kubek, Tom McKee)
CBFT
(Jean-Pierre Roy, Guy Ferron)
Local radio CKFH
(Early Wynn, Tom Cheek)
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The 1979 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's third season of Major League Baseball. It resulted in the Blue Jays finishing seventh in the American League East with a record of 53 wins and 109 losses. The Blue Jays were the only American League East team to finish 1979 with a losing record and the loss total of 109 set the franchise mark. Attendance for the season decreased to 1,431,651.[1]

Offseason

Regular season

Following the team's poor performance, manager Roy Hartsfield was fired at the end of the season. One highlight of the season was the awarding of the American League Rookie of the Year Award to Alfredo Griffin.[5]

The end of the 1979 season marked a crossroads for the franchise. The first real talent from the minor leagues had made it to the major league roster. Such talent included pitcher Dave Stieb and third baseman Danny Ainge.[1]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 102 57 0.642 55–24 47–33
Milwaukee Brewers 95 66 0.590 8 52–29 43–37
Boston Red Sox 91 69 0.569 11½ 51–29 40–40
New York Yankees 89 71 0.556 13½ 51–30 38–41
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 18 46–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 81 80 0.503 22 47–34 34–46
Toronto Blue Jays 53 109 0.327 50½ 32–49 21–60


Record vs. opponents

1979 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 8–5 9–3 8–3 8–5 7–6 6–6 8–5 8–4 5–6 8–4 10–2 6–6 11–2
Boston 5–8 5–7 5–6 6–7 8–5 8–4 8–4 9–3 5–8 9–3 8–4 6–6 9–4
California 3–9 7–5 9–4 6–6 4–8 7–6 7–5 9–4 7–5 10–3 7–6 5–8 7–5
Chicago 3–8 6–5 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 5–7 5–8 4–8 9–4 5–8 11–2 7–5
Cleveland 5–8 7–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 6–6 4–9 8–4 5–8 8–4 7–5 5–7 8–5
Detroit 6–7 5–8 8–4 9–3 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 7–6 7–5 7–5 6–6 9–4
Kansas City 6–6 4–8 6–7 8–5 6–6 7–5 5–7 7–6 5–7 9–4 7–6 6–7 9–3
Milwaukee 5–8 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–4 7–6 7–5 8–4 9–4 6–6 9–3 9–3 10–3
Minnesota 4–8 3–9 4–9 8–5 4–8 8–4 6–7 4–8 7–5 9–4 10–3 4–9 11–1
New York 6–5 8–5 5–7 8–4 8–5 6–7 7–5 4–9 5–7 9–3 6–6 8–4 9–4
Oakland 4–8 3–9 3–10 4–9 4–8 5–7 4–9 6–6 4–9 3–9 8–5 2–11 4–8
Seattle 2–10 4–8 6–7 8–5 5–7 5–7 6–7 3–9 3–10 6–6 5–8 6–7 8–4
Texas 6–6 6–6 8–5 2–11 7–5 6–6 7–6 3–9 9–4 4–8 11–2 7–6 7–5
Toronto 2–11 4–9 5–7 5–7 5–8 4–9 3–9 3–10 1–11 4–9 8–4 4–8 5–7


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Roster

1979 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1979 Game Log 53–109 (Home 32–49, Away 21–60)

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
C Cerone, RickRick Cerone 136 469 47 112 27 4 .239 7 61 1
1B Mayberry, JohnJohn Mayberry 137 464 61 127 22 1 .274 21 74 1
2B Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge 87 308 26 73 7 1 .237 2 19 1
3B Howell, RoyRoy Howell 138 511 60 126 28 4 .247 15 72 1
SS Griffin, AlfredoAlfredo Griffin 153 624 81 179 22 10 .287 2 31 21
LF Woods, AlvisAlvis Woods 132 436 57 121 24 4 .278 5 36 6
CF Bosetti, RickRick Bosetti 162 619 59 161 35 2 .260 8 65 13
RF Bailor, BobBob Bailor 130 414 50 95 11 5 .229 1 38 14
DH Carty, RicoRico Carty 132 461 48 118 26 0 .256 12 55 3

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
Vélez, OttoOtto Vélez 99 274 45 79 21 0 .288 15 48 0
Gómez, LuisLuis Gómez 59 163 11 39 7 0 .239 0 11 1
McKay, DaveDave McKay 47 156 19 34 9 0 .218 0 12 1
Cannon, JoeJoe Cannon 61 142 14 30 1 1 .211 1 5 12
Solaita, TonyTony Solaita 36 102 14 27 8 1 .265 2 13 0
Davis, BobBob Davis 32 89 6 11 2 0 .124 1 8 0
Johnson, TimTim Johnson 43 86 6 16 2 1 .186 0 6 0
Kusick, CraigCraig Kusick 23 54 3 11 1 0 .204 2 7 0
Robertson, BobBob Robertson 15 29 1 3 0 0 .103 1 1 0
Wilborn, TedTed Wilborn 22 12 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 4 10 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Hernández, PedroPedro Hernández 3 0 1 0 0 0 ---- 0 0 0

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
Underwood, TomTom Underwood 33 32 227 9 16 3.69 113 93 95 127
Huffman, PhilPhil Huffman 31 31 173 6 18 5.77 130 111 68 56
Lemanczyk, DaveDave Lemanczyk 22 20 143 8 10 3.71 65 59 45 63
Stieb, DaveDave Stieb 18 18 129.1 8 8 4.31 70 62 48 52
Clancy, JimJim Clancy 12 11 63.2 2 7 5.51 44 39 31 33
Edge, ButchButch Edge 9 9 51.2 3 4 5.23 32 30 24 19

Other pitchers

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

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Moore, BalorBalor Moore 34 16 139.1 5 7 0 4.84 85 75 79 51
Jefferson, JesseJesse Jefferson 34 10 116 2 10 1 5.51 75 71 45 43
Lemongello, MarkMark Lemongello 18 10 83 1 9 0 6.29 64 58 34 40

Relief pitchers

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

Player G IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Buskey, TomTom Buskey 44 78.2 6 10 7 3.43 33 30 25 44
Freisleben, DaveDave Freisleben 42 91 2 3 3 4.95 57 50 53 35
Willis, MikeMike Willis 17 26.2 0 3 0 8.44 27 25 16 8
Todd, JacksonJackson Todd 12 32.1 0 1 0 5.85 26 21 7 14
Murphy, TomTom Murphy 10 18.1 1 2 0 5.40 11 11 8 6
Miller, DyarDyar Miller 10 15.1 0 0 0 10.57 18 18 5 7
Garvin, JerryJerry Garvin 8 22.2 0 1 0 2.78 9 7 10 14
Grilli, SteveSteve Grilli 1 2.1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 1
Kusick, CraigCraig Kusick 1 3.2 0 0 0 4.91 2 2 0 0
Luebber, SteveSteve Luebber 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Vern Benson
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Duane Larson
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Denis Menke
A-Short Season Utica Blue Jays New York–Penn League John McLaren
Rookie Medicine Hat Blue Jays Pioneer League Dennis Holmberg

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Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p. 125, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
  2. Rico Carty at Baseball Reference
  3. Steve Luebber at Baseball Reference
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bobby Brown at Baseball Reference
  5. Diamond Dreams, p. 136
  6. Tony Fernández at Baseball Reference
  7. Craig Kusick at Baseball Reference
  8. http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=franch_year&team_ID=TOR&year_ID=1979&draft_type=junreg
  9. Ron Shepherd at Baseball Reference
  10. Ron Romanick at Baseball-Reference
  11. Andre Robertson at Baseball-Reference
  12. Blue Jays All-Stars | bluejays.com: History
  13. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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