The Toronto Blue Jays are one of 12 teams that have survived the regular season and will compete in the postseason.
They’ll host the Wild Card series beginning on Friday against either the Tampa Bay Rays or Seattle Mariners.
This will also be the first time since 2016 that the Blue Jays have played postseason baseball after a full regular season.
They of course reached in 2020, but that was the COVID-shortened season.
It’s also worth noting that even if they had gotten past the Wild Card series that year, they wouldn’t have played in Toronto due to COVID restrictions and the postseason bubble.
So, for the first time since 2016, there will be playoff baseball at Rogers Centre.
THERE WILL BE POST-SEASON BASEBALL IN TORONTO FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2016!!!#Mariners fall 4-3 to #Tigers, so for the second time in a week, #Bluejays clinch something while they're not even at the ballpark!
They'll host SEA or TB in a best-of-3 – all here – starting Friday.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness) October 4, 2022
Playoff Baseball In Toronto
You can bet that the city of Toronto is buzzing right now.
There’s a ton of excitement around.
But it’s easy to forget that they wouldn’t have played a game at Rogers Centre in the 2020 postseason, even if they got out of the Wild Card round.
There was a playoff bubble in California and in Texas that year.
There were also no games played at Rogers Centre period because of COVID restrictions.
But at long last, Blue Jays can file into Rogers Centre for some playoff baseball.
It’s hard to believe it’s been since 2016 that a postseason game took place in Toronto.
That year, the Blue Jays went to the ALCS and lost in five games to the Cleveland Guardians, then the Indians.
Game 5 of that series was the last time there was a playoff game at Rogers Centre.
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