The 2020 season was bizarre on every conceivable level for every organization, yet an argument can be made that the Blue Jays had the strangest season of all. About a week before the season was to begin, the Canadian government denied the Blue Jays’ request to play in Toronto, fearing the repercussions of repeated travel from the United States into the great white north. They then struck an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Major League Baseball to play their home games at PNC Park … and the Pennsylvania Department of Health nixed that shortly thereafter.
A couple of days later, the Blue Jays announced that they would play their home games at Sahlen Field, the home of their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. Unfortunately, that park was not up to the standards of Major League Baseball, so they would have to wait until August 11 to play their first “home” game. And so for the first two and a half weeks of the season, they played the part of the home team at their opponent’s ballpark.
The Blue Jays nevertheless finished 32-28 (including a 17-13 home record) and made the postseason as a Wild Card team. They were swept by the eventual pennant winning Rays in the Wild Card Series, but, all things considered, it was a relatively successful season.
So what will 2021 hold for them?