Who Owns The Toronto Blue Jays?
The Toronto Blue Jays franchise’s current owner is Rogers Communications, which also owns the Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL). In 1977, the expansion franchise was awarded to a group that included Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) under the ownership of Maclean-Hunter Ltd.
CIBC acquired control of Labatt’s shares in 1981, making the Blue Jays wholly owned by Breweries of Canada, Ltd., which later became Interbrew Canada, Inc. In 2000, Interbrew merged with AmBev to form InBev, which then acquired Labatt in 2004. In 2011, InBev sold the Blue Jays to Rogers Communications, which owns the Maple Leafs.
According to Forbes, the franchise is worth 1.78 billion, making it the 14th most valuable franchise in all of Major League Baseball.
About The Toronto Blue Jays Franchise
The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an American League (AL) East division member club.
Where Do The Blue Jays Play Their Home Games?
The Blue Jays’ current home ballpark is Rogers Centre, which opened in 1989. The stadium was originally built as SkyDome and was the first retractable-roofed stadium built in Major League Baseball.
The stadium is located at 1 Blue Jays Way and has the distinction of being one of the very few stadiums to feature both a retractable roof and a grass playing field. I highly recommend attending a game if you’re in the Toronto area, its definitely one of my personal favorite parks in the league.
The Early Years Of The Blue Jays
In 1977, Toronto was awarded an expansion franchise in the American League, becoming the first Major League Baseball team outside America. That same year, they signed their first manager—Roy Hartsfield—and drafted their inaugural roster of players.
The team didn’t have an official name until December 1976 when they adopted “Blue Jays,” referencing the bird, which is native to North America and can be found throughout Ontario.
The Championship Era
The success and popularity of the Blue Jays surged in 1985 when they made it to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Led by stars such as George Bell and Dave Stieb, they went on to win back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 – cementing their place amongst baseball’s elite teams.
This era also saw some legendary moments, such as Joe Carter’s walk-off home run against Philadelphia in game 6 of the 1993 World Series, which won them their second championship title.