1992-1993 Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free agent pitcher Jack Morris and hard-hitting outfielder Dave Winfield prior to the 1992 season. The club now loaded with pitching talent and All-Stars hitters went on to win the American League pennant for the first time. They then knocked off the Atlanta Braves in 6 games in the 1992 World Series.
Toronto repeated as Champions in 1993 by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in 6 games.
Juan Guzman, Starting Pitcher Right-handed. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on 10.28.1966. As a rookie in 1991 the 5 ft11, 195 pound Juan Guzman produced a stunning 10-3 record with a 2.99 ERA in 23 starts. IN those 2 World Titles seasons, ’92-93, the fire-balling thrower followed those stats with an impressive 16-5 w/l and a 2.64 ERA in 28 starts and struck out 165 in 180.2 innings and a 14-3 record with a 3.99 ERA in a career-high 33 starts, 2 GC, 194 Ks in 221 innings. In the 1993 season Juan Guzman led the majors with a .824 winning percentage for 14-3 record.
Paul Molitor, DH and First Baseman RH. Born in St. Paul Minn. on 8.22.1956.The longtime Brewers’ great joined the Blue Jays prior to and just in time to give Toronto added assurances they could win back-to-back Championships. In 1993 the 37-year-old Paul Molitor hit a robust .332 with 37 doubles, 5 triples, 22 homers, scored 121 runs, and had 111 RBIs. Paul Molitor was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jays Second Baseman Switch-hitter T RH. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on 2.05.1968. Head-and-shoulders over 90% of second basemen in baseball history, Roberto Alomar was acquired by Toronto from San Diego in a 4-player trade on December 5, 1990. For the Jays, he sparkled defensively and continued his hot batting. He compiled a .310 batting average with 27 Ds, 8 triples, 8 homers, stole 49 bases, scored 105 runs and had 76 RBI. For the Champions Blue Jays in 1993 his stats continue in red-hot fashion. Roberto Alomar was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Devon White, Blue Jays Centerfielder Switch-hitter, T RH. Born in Kingston, Jamaica on 12.29.1962. Quickness in centerfielder and on the bases, Devon White played on as many playoff teams as any other major league baseball player. He ignited the team’s fire with his endless on-field hustling. From 1991-1993 he scored 110 runs, 98 and a career-high 116 and in those seasons stole 33, 37, and 34 and won three consecutive Gold Gloves for centerfield.
Duane Ward, Toronto Blue Jays Relief Pitcher RH. Born in Parkview, New Mexico on 5.28.1964. One of the American League’s leading relief closers during the 1990s, Duane Ward debuted with Blue Jays back in 1989 and in 66 appearances went 4-10 with a 3.77 ERA. By the time 1992 came around, the well-regarded reliever compiled a 7-4 record plus 12 saves with a stingy 1.95 ERA in 79 games. In 1993 the fastball throwing, rubber-armed Duane Ward went 2-3 plus a team record 45 saves in 71 games, and notched 97 strikeouts in 71.2 innings.
Pat Hentgen, Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher RH. Born in Detroit Michigan on 11.13.1963. Pitching in his first full season in 1993, Pat Hentgen paced the World Champion Blue Jays in victories, 19-9, and posted a amazing 12-2 record with a 2.78 ERA on the road away from the Skydome.”
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