A record record: The Blue Jays' affiliate that went 68-2

The Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992, the same year one of their minor league clubs won 97 percent of its games.Toronto's Dominican Summer League East affiliate went 68-2 in 1992, outscored opponents 571-175 and finished 36.5 games ahead of the second place team. MORE: Will the Blue Jays win the WS? | Blue Jays visual historyHow did they do it? Older players. Dominican Summer League archives aren't as easily ob

tainable as those from domestic leagues, but it appears the 1992 "D-Jays" had an experienced lineup and pitching staff that overmatched younger opponents. The Dominican Summer League is built for Latin American players freshly signed to their first professional contract. Most Dominican Summer League participants are groomed there for a season or two before reporting to the United States for the first time. It's less structured than the American minor leagues; in 1985 there were four Dominican Summer League teams, and by 2008 there were 37.The average age of a Dominican Summer League player is 18 but that 1992 Blue Jays' affiliate had at least 10 players in their 20s. Their 21-year-old outfielder Rafael Debrand scored the most runs in league history. At least one player on the roster suited up for a higher level club in the U.S. the year before and was sent back to the Dominican Summer League in '92.The 68-2 team produced at least three major leaguers - pitchers Carlos Almanzar, Edwin Hurtado and Dilson Torres.Their historic season included 37 consecutive victories to begin the year. Some recent baseball books list Salt Lake City as having the longest winning streak in minor league history, but the Toronto Blue Jays PR staff sings a different tune:"The 37 straight wins broke the professional baseball record of 27, set in 1987 by the Pioneer League's Salt Lake City Trappers," the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Media Guide wrote.While Toronto earned 1992 championship rings, the Dominican Summer Leaguers left empty handed. They lost in the first round of the playoffs.Tim Hagerty is the broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, and is on Twitter at @MinorsTeamNames . He is also the author of "Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball's Most Off-the-Wall Team Names."