Toronto Blue Jays
MLB American League East Toronto Blue Jays 2022
2021 was a very frustrating year for the Blue Jays. Outside of the AL East, only the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros (both divisional winners) had better winning percentages than Toronto and still missed the playoffs.
Unfortunately, the AL East is loaded, and both the Red Sox and Yankees finished one game better than they did in the standings.
Still, there are high hopes for this club heading into 2022. In fact, they are tied with the Yankees for the fifth-best odds of winning the World Series in the upcoming season.
It was a hit in the offseason as they lost AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray to free agency; however, they did well to sign both Kevin Gausman and Yimi Garcia to help with their rotation and bullpen.
In 2021, the Blue Jays ranked third in MLB in runs per game at 5.22. With the return of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., George Springer, Bo Bichette, and others, they should once again be at or near the top in scoring this season.
The Blue Jays’ biggest challenge will be the depth of their division, but don’t be surprised if Toronto makes a run at their third World Series championship in franchise history in 2022.
MLB American League East Toronto Blue Jays History
Established as an expansion team in 1977, the Toronto Blue Jays are comparatively one of the youngest teams in Major League Baseball. Since their inception, they have resided in the American League East.
As is commonplace with expansion teams, the Blue Jays struggled for the first several years of existence. In fact, their first winning record did not come until 1983, and they didn’t win their first division title until 1985.
In the history of MLB, there have only been two franchises that have been located outside of the United States. After the Montreal Expos moved to Washington (and changed their name to the Nationals) in 2005, the Blue Jays have the honor of being the only one currently located outside the country.
The Blue Jays also have the distinction of being the only American League team owned by a corporation. Their owning corporation, Rogers Communication, also bought their stadium, originally named the SkyDome, and renamed it to the Rogers Centre.
When analyzing the franchise back to its roots in 1977, the Blue Jays have a winning record of 3,506-3,557 (good for a .496 winning percentage).