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Blue Jays Clinch First Playoff Birth Since 2016



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The Toronto Blue Jays are heading back to the playoffs, clinching their first playoff berth since the 2016 season when they defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 on Thursday night.

“I’m just so proud of my club and everything we’ve gone through all year,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said (h/t ESPN).

Canada’s federal government refused to allow MLB games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre this season, citing the closed Canada-U.S. border and the travel risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The decision forced the Blue Jays on the road before they ended up at their Triple-A ballpark, Sahlen Field in Buffalo.

“They never complained,” Montoyo said. “They had their mind set on getting to this moment right now.”

“This is something we want to make an every-year thing,” Blue Jays infielder Cavan Biggio said. “For us, we’re happy, we’re excited we’re able to put ourselves in this position, but this is only the start of hopefully something special for a long time.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.