The Toronto Blue Jays, a professional Canadian baseball team, is the only team from outside of the U.S. to belong to the Eastern Division of Major American League of Baseball. The club was established in 1976 under its first manager Roy Hartsfield and currently resigns at the Rogers Centre (former SkyDome). Since them, Blue Jays has been the only Canada's baseball team to ever win a World Series.
The name Blue Jays comes from the bird's name - the same bird is featured on the players' uniform and on the team's logo. The club was unintentionally baptized by former Ontario Premier John Robarts, who also belonged to the board of directors of the team's franchise. Besides, the colour blue is a traditional sporting colour of Toronto, first adopted by the Toronto Argonauts in 1873.
The team played its first game against in the Chicago White Sox in 1977. The first seasons were not too successful for the Blue Jays, but the stripe of misfortune ended in 1982 that brought the first solid season for the team. In 1985, Blue Jays managed to win its first (out of five) American League East division title. In 1987, George Bell of the Toronto Blue Jays was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League - the first and only Canadian baseball player to ever get such as recognition. Later seasons were even more successful, especially those of a five-year period of 1989-1994, when the Blue Jays was steadily defeating the best teams of the American Leagues, such as the Chicago White Sox, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, and, as the result, won two prestigious World Series titles.
Currently, Toronto Blue Jays are managed by J.P. Ricciardi and composed of a strong blend of veteran players, such as Glaus, Overbay and Thomas, as well as promising younger players, such as Rios, Wells, and Hill. Although many sport writers call 2007 a "lost season" for the team, largely due to numerous injuries in the beginning of the season, which quickly pushed the team out of competition, the Toronto Blue Jays finished third in the division. In comparison, their 2006 season was more successful - the team finished second. However, the 2007 season gave a chance to young talented pitchers, such as Marcum, McGowan, and Litsch, to gain more experience and to successfully participate in big games of the American League level. Baseball fans of Toronto Blue Jays are looking forward to watching games of the 2008 season and hoping for a big success of their favourite team.
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