2014 Toronto Blue Jays season

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2014 Toronto Blue Jays
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Rogers; Paul Beeston (CEO)
General manager(s) Alex Anthopoulos
Manager(s) John Gibbons
Local television Sportsnet
Sportsnet One
(Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler, Joe Siddall)
Local radio Blue Jays Radio Network
Sportsnet 590 the FAN
(Jerry Howarth, Joe Siddall, Mike Wilner, Duane Ward)
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The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 38th season for the franchise, and the 25th full season of play (26th overall) at Rogers Centre.[1] Pitcher Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays before retiring from baseball, citing injuries.[2]

The Blue Jays announced their 2014 schedule on September 10, 2013.[3]

Standings

American League East

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 96 66 0.593 50–31 46–35
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 12 43–38 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 13 46–35 37–44
Tampa Bay Rays 77 85 0.475 19 36–45 41–40
Boston Red Sox 71 91 0.438 25 34–47 37–44


American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
(1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605
(2) Baltimore Orioles 96 66 0.593
(3) Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
(4) Kansas City Royals 89 73 0.549 +1
(5) Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 1
Cleveland Indians 85 77 0.525 3
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 4
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 5
Tampa Bay Rays 77 85 0.475 11
Chicago White Sox 73 89 0.451 15
Boston Red Sox 71 91 0.438 17
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 18
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 18
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 21


Records vs opponents

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 4–5 4–6 8–11
Boston Red Sox 5–5 7–2 12–7
New York Yankees 5–4 3–7 8–11
Tampa Bay Rays 5–4 6–4 11–8
Totals 19–18 20–19 39–37
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 1–3 1–2 2–5
Cleveland Indians 2–1 2–1 4–2
Detroit Tigers 2–1 3–0 5–1
Kansas City Royals 2–2 1–2 3–4
Minnesota Twins 1–2 1–2 2–4
Totals 8–9 8–7 16–16
AL West
Houston Astros 2–1 1–3 3–4
Los Angeles Angels 1–3 1–2 2–5
Oakland Athletics 3–0 0–4 3–4
Seattle Mariners 3–1 0–3 3–4
Texas Rangers 2–1 2–1 4–2
Totals 11–6 4–13 15–19
National League
Chicago Cubs 3–0 3–0
Cincinnati Reds 1–2 1–2
Milwaukee Brewers 2–0 1–1 3–1
Philadelphia Phillies 2–0 2–0 4–0
Pittsburgh Pirates 1–2 1–2
St. Louis Cardinals 1–2 1–2
Totals 8–2 5–5 13–7
Grand Totals 46–35 37–44 83–79
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
March 1 0 1 .000
April 26 12 14 .462
May 30 21 9 .700
June 27 12 15 .444
July 26 15 11 .577
August 26 9 17 .346
September 26 14 12 .538
Totals 162 83 79 .509
2014 AL Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 11–8 5–1 3–4 1–5 4–3 3–4 4–2 4–3 13–6 2–4 5–2 12–7 6–1 11–8 12–8
Boston 8–11 4–3 2–5 1–5 4–3 6–1 2–5 4–2 7–12 3–4 1–5 9–10 4–2 7–12 9–11
Chicago 1–5 3–4 9–10 9–10 3–3 6–13 1–5 9–10 2–5 4–3 3–4 5–2 2–4 5–2 11–9
Cleveland 4–3 5–2 10–9 8–11 5–2 10–9 2–5 11–8 4–3 2–4 2–4 4–2 6–1 2–4 10–10
Detroit 5–1 5–1 10–9 11–8 4–3 13–6 3–4 9–10 3–4 5–2 2–4 3–4 4–3 1–5 12–8
Houston 3–4 3–4 3–3 2–5 3–4 3–3 7–12 3–3 4–2 8–11 9–10 2–5 11–8 4–3 5–15
Kansas City 4–3 1–6 13–6 9–10 6–13 3–3 3–3 11–8 4–3 5–2 2–5 4–2 5–1 4–3 15–5
Los Angeles 2–4 5–2 5–1 5–2 4–3 12–7 3–3 7–0 2–4 10–9 7–12 5–2 14–5 5–2 12–8
Minnesota 3–4 2–4 10–9 8–11 10–9 3–3 8–11 0–7 3–4 1–6 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 9–11
New York 6–13 12–7 5–2 3–4 4–3 2–4 3–4 4–2 4–3 2–4 3–3 8–11 4–3 11–8 13–7
Oakland 4–2 4–3 3–4 4–2 2–5 11–8 2–5 9–10 6–1 4–2 9–10 4–2 9–10 4–3 13–7
Seattle 2–5 5–1 4–3 4–2 4–2 10–9 5–2 12–7 2–5 3–3 10–9 4–3 9–10 4–3 9–11
Tampa Bay 7–12 10–9 2–5 2–4 4–3 5–2 2–4 2–5 4–2 11–8 2–4 3–4 5–2 8–11 10–10
Texas 1–6 2–4 4–2 1–6 3–4 8–11 1–5 5–14 5–2 3–4 10–9 10–9 2–5 2–4 10–10
Toronto 8–11 12–7 2–5 4–2 5–1 3–4 3–4 2–5 2–4 8–11 3–4 3–4 11–8 4–2 13–7


2014 Draft

The 2014 Major League Baseball draft was held on June 5–7.

Round Pick Player Position College/School Nationality Signed
1 9 Jeff Hoffman RHP East Carolina University (NC) United States July 2, 2014[4]
1 11* Max Pentecost C Kennesaw State University (GA) United States July 2, 2014[4]
2 49 Sean Reid-Foley RHP Sandalwood High School (FL) United States June 10, 2014[5]
3 83 Nick Wells LHP Battlefield High School (VA) United States June 18, 2014[6]
4 114 Matt Morgan C Thorsby High School (AL) United States June 8, 2014[7]
5 144 Lane Thomas RF Bearden High School (TN) United States June 10, 2014[8]
6 174 Grayson Huffman LHP Grayson County College (TX) United States June 18, 2014[6]
7 204 Zack Zehner LF California Polytechnic State University (CA) United States Unsigned
8 234 Justin Shafer RHP University of Florida (FL) United States June 8, 2014[7]
9 264 Ryan Metzler 2B University of South Carolina Aiken (SC) United States June 12, 2014[9]
10 294 Jordan Romano RHP Oral Roberts University (OK) Canada June 12, 2014[9]
  • – Toronto received the 11th overall pick in the 2014 draft as compensation for not signing Phillip Bickford in 2013.

Regular Season

Summary

The Blue Jays started the year, like most years in the past 10, in mediocre fashion, ending the month of April with a record of 12 wins and 15 losses, 3 12 games behind the Eastern division leaders. The month of May was a different story; they won 21 games and lost 9, taking over sole possession of the division lead on May 22. The month was memorable for a 9-game winning streak which included series sweeps over the Boston Red Sox (away), the Oakland A's (at home) and the Tampa Bay Rays (at home). Edwin Encarnación hit 16 home runs during the month, tying an American League record for homers in May, set by Mickey Mantle in 1956. Between May 15 and June 6, the Blue Jays won 18 out of 21 to climb into their largest division lead, at any point of the season, since 1993. However, from June 7 to June 30 the Jays won only 7 more games versus 15 losses. As of June 30, they were just 6 games above .500, but still held onto a 1 12 game lead in their division.

The Blue Jays had three All Stars in 2014: José Bautista, Mark Buehrle, and Edwin Encarnación.

On July 26, the Blue Jays ended a streak of 17 consecutive losses in games against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.[10] On August 10, the Blue Jays played the longest game in franchise history in terms of both time and innings, defeating the Detroit Tigers 6–5 after 19 innings. After a poor August, Toronto opened September with its first series win in Tampa Bay since April 6–8, 2007.[11] They would go on to complete the sweep, their first at Tropicana Field.[12] Top prospect Daniel Norris made his MLB debut on September 5, striking out David Ortiz in his 13 of an inning.

On September 23, the Blue Jays were officially eliminated from playoff contention.[13] The Kansas City Royals clinched a playoff spot on September 26, making the Blue Jays the owners of the longest current MLB playoff drought.[14]

Legend
Blue Jays Win Blue Jays Loss Game Postponed
2014 Game Log

Roster

2014 Toronto Blue Jays
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Gary Allenson
AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats Eastern League Bobby Meacham
A Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League Omar Malavé
A Lansing Lugnuts Midwest League John Tamargo, Jr.
A-Short Season Vancouver Canadians Northwest League John Schneider
Rookie Bluefield Blue Jays Appalachian League Dennis Holmberg
Rookie GCL Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Kenny Graham

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