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Box Score Bank: When the Jays Were Good

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Box Score Bank: When the Jays Were Good

Do you realize that it's been almost 19 years since the Blue Jays made the playoffs?

Think about that for a second. Around here, we're ready to drink a vat of poison after two months of sub-par baseball, up in Toronto they've been living it for nearly two decades.

There are players on that team who weren't even five years old the last time Toronto was in the post-season. Of course there's one guy Omar Vizquel who was 26, but that's not the point.

Point: It's been a long, long time since these guys were good. And even though things are certainly looking up in Toronto, it will very likely still be a little while before they find their way back to the postseason.

As a tribute to their struggles, let's trek back to 1993, the year Toronto won the second of their back-to-back titles.

The Sox went 3-10 against the Blue Jays that season, and oddly enough, two of those three wins came in starts by Danny Darwin. The third win is today's Box Score Bank.

So, let's crank it bank to September 22, 1993

Bill Clinton was finishing up his first year as President. Jurassic Park (which came out in June) was still no. 1 at the Box Office. Dream Lover by Mariah Carey was in its third of eight weeks atop the Billboard charts. Michael Jordan was less than two weeks away from the shocking the world with his first retirement. Jose Iglesias was three

and over at the SkyDome, Butch Hobson's Red Sox were putting down a beating on the Blue Jays.

Final Score: Boston 7, Toronto 5

Man, what a line-up those Blue Jays teams had:

First of all, three Hall of Famers in Rickey Henderson, Roberto Alomar and Paul Molitor. Then there was John Olerud (who hit .363 that season with a .473 .OBP), Joe Carter who hit 33 homers with 121 RBI (and hit one pretty big homer in the playoffs) and All-Star center fielder Devon White (who stole 34 bases and was in the midst of winning five-straight gold gloves).

They were a beautiful thing, those Jays. But on this day they were no match for the Sox! OK, actually the game was pretty close.

Boston was up 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, when Roberto Alomar hit a two-run double off of closer Ken Ryan to send the game to extra innings

Where the one and only Rob Deer hit a two-run blast off the one and only Mike Timlin to propel the Sox to a dramatic victory. Good stuff!

Not so good: The Sox missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

But hey, it beats 19.

(By the way, on that same afternoon, 26-year-old Omar Vizquel went 1-5 in Seattle's 7-4 win over the Rangers)

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday. 

 

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.