Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s American League. "Blue Jays" name originates from the bird of the same name. They are nicknamed "the Jays", which is featured on the team's logo and on the front of the home uniform. As of 2009, the Blue Jays are owned by Rogers Communications, and in 2004, the SkyDome was purchased by the company, which renamed the venue to Rogers Centre. They are the first and only team outside the United States to win a World Series, the first team to win a World Series in Canada, and the fastest AL expansion franchise to win a World Series (winning in their 16th year, beating the Kansas City Royals' record by one year). With the fellow Canadian franchise Montreal Expos relocating to Washington, D.C. after the 2004 season, and becoming the Washington Nationals, the Blue Jays are currently the only MLB team outside the United States.
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Team record 2009: 75 wins–87 losses, W%- 0.463, 28 games behind behind division leader, fourth in division.
The Blue Jays made some changes in the dugout, announcing that Cito Gaston would retire by the end of the year. The Jays made numerous moves, moving Nick Leyva from third base coach to the bench, first base coach Brian Butterfield took over at third, and the Jays brought in Omar Malave to be the first base coach. Former first base coach Dwayne Murphy became hitting coach. Brad Arnsberg left to became the pitching coach in Houston, and former bullpen coach Bruce Walton took his spot making room for Rick Langford to become the bullpen coach.
This is rookie GM Alex Anthopoulos’ first season. His first two moves were waiver claims of relief pitcher Sean Henn and second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir. The Blue Jays announced on November 25 that the club had re-signed veteran shortstop John McDonald to a 2 year 3 million dollar contract to return to the club in 2010. One day later the Jays announced the signing of shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a 1 year 2.75 million dollar contract. This meant that Marco Scutaro was left as the odd man out for the position of shortstop, and as a result, he signed a 2 year contract with the Boston Red Sox. This gives the Blue Jays one compensation draft pick, and Boston’s first round choice (29th overall) due to Scutaro’s Type A free agent status. On December 16, Roy Halladay was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Kyle Drabek, Travis D’Arnaud, and Michael Taylor; Taylor was immediately traded to the Oakland Athletics for Brett Wallace.