Toronto Blue Jays

As baseball fans across Canada catch their breath from an exhilarating ride to the American League Championship Series in 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays are once again ready to fly high in 2016, under the leadership of new President and CEO Mark Shapiro.

Jumping from the Cleveland Indians, the two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year (2005 and 2007) inherits much of the same roster that belted out 93 wins to capture the American League East crown last year, snapping a 22-year postseason drought in the process.

With the success that developed on the field during the second half of the season came a new wave of fans that blended with the regular Blue Jays’ faithful, as 2,794,891 people packed into Rogers Centre in 2015.

Josh Donaldson’s MVP campaign was just one of many successful storylines last year, as “The Bringer Of Rain”, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion all ranked among the top four RBI leaders in the American League. While Bautista’s play in the postseason is now the stuff of legend, Encarnacion posted a 26-game hit streak and came just a home run shy of making the Blue Jays trifecta the fourth in MLB history to hit the 40 home run mark in the same season. Collectively, Toronto led the Majors in a slew of offensive categories, including runs (891), RBI (852), home runs (232) and slugging percentage (.457).

Gold Glove nominee Kevin Pillar will now build upon his Superman-like season flashing the leather, while Devon Travis and Ryan Goins are expected to battle in Spring Training for the second base position. Marry the emergence of starting pitcher Marcus Stroman along with young relievers Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna and the future also bodes well on the mound.

As we celebrate 40 years of Blue Jays baseball with the opportunity to witness one of the most exciting teams in the game build on recent success, Playball! And the 40th Anniversary Yearbook will be there to capture all the action in 2016; offering fans great insight, access and value that lasts a lifetime.