Down at the Rogers Centre today, the Blue Jays will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1985 team, who captured the club's first division title and finished with a club record 99 wins. The Jays were an expansion club, vintage 1977, and in the days before modern free agency, it was an incredible feat for a franchise to reach the postseason (recall that only two teams from each league qualified) in a mere nine seasons.
Thousands of fans lined up for hours this morning to get their hands on a bobblehead that celebrates the great trio of outfielders George Bell, Jesse Barfield, and Lloyd Moseby. However, I contend that the club had an even better trio that we don't nearly hear enough about: starting pitchers Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, and Doyle Alexander.
The three of them started 104 games and were responsible for 738 of the 1,448 innings pitched that season. Stieb posted a 2.48 ERA and 3.69 FIP, Key had a 3.00 ERA and 3.96 FIP, while Alexander had a 3.45 ERA and 3.83 FIP, combining for 16.9 wins above replacement as a group. Feel free to make a triple bobblehead for this trio in 2025, Blue Jays.
If are waiting for the game with nothing better to do, watch the 1985 Blue Jays' AL East-clinching game against the Yankees, which features a complete game from Doyle Alexander and lots of dingers. New Hampshire Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham is also featured as the Yankees' shortstop in those pre-Derek Jeter days.
The following Blue Jays will be wearing their new white panel caps for the first time today, hoping to break a two-game losing streak.
Today's lineup vs the Yankees (1:07pm start), presented by @MajesticOnField pic.twitter.com/vft1auau4V— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 16, 2015
The Yankees counter with this lineup
Luis Severino and the #Yankees go for the sweep of the Blue Jays at 1:07 PM: http://t.co/kk4Y8CAyTP #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/x59EWLHpyW— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 16, 2015