The Toronto Blue Jays’ 2021 season ended in uncomfortable style as they lost out on a playoff berth by simply one video game.
It’s natural to quibble a few of the tightest losses of the season and question what may have been had a couple bounces gone in a different way. But a 91-win project is absolutely nothing to sneeze at, although it just made Toronto a fourth-place surface in the American League East.
It didn’t end the method the Blue Jays and their fans desired, however this group will still be kept in mind for its amazing characters and remarkable efficiencies. In no specific order, here are the 10 most remarkable minutes from an exciting 2021 project.
Return to Toronto
The most psychological minute of the season began July 30 when the Blue Jays went back to Rogers Centre after a 670-day lack. The Blue Jays were lucky to be able to discover houses in Dunedin, Fla., and Buffalo, however there’s no replacement for playing in front of your own fans.
This video game had all of it: a legendary pre-game event that left supervisor Charlie Montoyo in tears, crowning achievement from a few of Toronto’s most significant stars, Markham, Ont., native Jordan Romano notching the conserve, and an unbelievable bare-handed catch to seal the success.
Wild return vs. Oakland
The Blue Jays may never ever have actually discovered themselves in the playoff discussion if not for a win versus the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 3. Toronto had actually hopped through the 2nd half of August and sat 5 video games back of Boston and 6.5 back of the Yankees entering this contest. Oakland and the Seattle Mariners were likewise ahead of them in the wild-card race.
By the time the 8th inning of this video game rolled around, the Blue Jays remained in an 8-2 hole and dealing with specific defeat. A six-run 8th topped by a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. grand slam and a Marcus Semien walk-off homer in the ninth made Toronto the win, and worked as an introducing pad for an unbelievable run in September.
Vladdy’s crowning achievement hat technique
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. silenced any skeptics in a significant method 2021, slashing .311/.401/.601 with 48 crowning achievement in 161 video games. He provided a variety of jaw-dropping minutes this season, however none more remarkable than his three-homer video game versus the Washington Nationals on April 27 in Dunedin.
And it’s not like Vladdy simply batter on a few of the lowly Nationals’ minor-league-quality arms. Two of the blasts came off Cy Young prospect Max Scherzer. The 3rd was dished out by Kyle Finnegan, who ended the year with a really reputable 3.55 PERIOD.
We sense this will not be the last house run hat technique of Vladdy’s profession.
Springer’s clutch dinger versus Red Sox
George Springer’s very first season in Toronto after signing the wealthiest handle franchise history was ruined by injuries, however when he was healthy adequate to play, he actually provided. The 32-year-old just appeared in 78 video games, however published a .907 OPS with 22 “Springer Dingers.”
None of those 22 crowning achievement were more remarkable than an eighth-inning three-run launch Red Sox better Matt Barnes on Aug. 8 in a wild 9-8 Blue Jays success that topped their very first homestand back in Toronto.
Alek Manoah’s mind-blowing launching
It’s safe to state the Blue Jays would not have actually ended up with 91 wins if Alek Manoah didn’t become a crucial member of the beginning rotation. The huge right-hander made 20 starts, pitching to an amazing 3.22 PERIOD.
After controling in triple-A, the novice was tossed right into the fire, beginning his very first MLB video game at Yankee Stadium as part of a doubleheader. He increased to the celebration, providing 6 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts. Manoah’s mom made rather a name for herself that day, too.
Two legendary rallies in one day
One of the highlights of the Blue Jays’ sizzling September began a Saturday at Camden Yards in Baltimore. In the very first video game of a doubleheader, Toronto routed by 4 heading into the seventh and last inning. After narrowing the space to one run, Springer stepped to the plate and provided the definitive two-run shot to get the day began on the ideal foot.
Hours later on, the Blue Jays got in the seventh inning of the back half of the doubleheader being no-hit, then took off for an outrageous 11-run inning to sweep the twin expense.
Semien sits alone in record books
The Blue Jays advanced when they tattooed Semien to a one-year offer last winter season. Shifting from shortstop to 2nd base in 2021, the 31-year-old delighted in a career-best season and ended up 4th in MLB in WAR.
Semien set a brand-new single-season record for crowning achievement by a main 2nd baseman with 45 long balls, surpassing Davey Johnson’s mark from 1973. Semien definitely will not be choosing a one-year agreement this offseason.
Vladdy wins MVP… of the All-Star Game
Shohei Ohtani is the odds-on preferred to win AL MP, however Vladdy still took house some hardware this summertime. The Blue Jays slugger placed on a program at the All-Star Game, catching hearts with his character and spectacular power.
He ended up being the very first Blue Jay ever to be crowned MVP of the Midsummer Classic and the youngest gamer in MLB history to record the award.
Home Run Jacket
July 29, 2021 introduced a brand-new period for the Blue Jays with the launching of the Home Run Jacket.
Every time a Blue Jay knocked one out of the park, he was welcomed by this sleek short article of clothes upon going back to the dugout. The coat brought the group together and was an unbelievable representation of the group’s spirit and variety.
Toronto ended up with an MLB-best 262 crowning achievement in 2021, and 8 of those came throughout one afternoon in Boston on June 13 en path to an 18-4 win. Seven various Blue Jays went deep in this one, with Teoscar Hernández clearing the wall two times.
The 8 homers marked a brand-new record for a going to group at Fenway Park. The 18 runs weren’t even the most the Blue Jays would score in a single video game this season, with that difference being available in a 22-run outburst versus the Orioles on Sept. 12.
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