Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

by Jeff Blair

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From one of Canada's top baseball writers and radio hosts: a retrospective of the Toronto Blue Jays on the 20th anniversary of Joe Carter's World Series-winning home run--and a look ahead to what promises to be their most successful season since. A must-have for all Blue Jays fans, and a great read for Toronto and Canadian sports fans in general.
In Full Count, Jeff Blair takes us back to the days when the Toronto Blue Jays were "the Cadillac of franchises," and shows us exactly what they did right to become baseball's premier club. Then he explores the disappointing aftermath, when the league's fourth-largest market became an also-ran: seemingly destined to languish behind the big-spending Yankees and Red Sox and free-wheeling Rays--until the offseason of 2012. Full Count will appeal not only to casual fans wanting re-live Blue Jays history, but also to the serious baseball fan who wants to know the real details and business decisions that drove the team to the pinnacle, then to mediocrity, and now (hopefully) back to the top once again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345812551
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Like Joe Carter, JEFF BLAIR has "touched 'em all" in more than 30 years of sportswriting and broadcasting. The Globe and Mail’s sports columnist and host of The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590/The Fan in Toronto has covered Olympics, World Series, Stanley Cups and earthquakes while working in Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. But his first love is baseball, which he covered from 1989-97 as a beat reporter with The Gazette and has covered since then as a columnist with the Globe and Mail. Blair grew up in Morden, Man., and attended the University of Manitoba. He lives in Hamilton with wife, Shelley, and daughter, Emma Rose.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Founding Principles 12

2 The Mountaintop 24

3 The World Series 40

4 Touch 'Em All 54

5 The Nest Empties 68

6 The Village Idiot 84

7 One Last Flourish 102

8 Moneyball North 114

9 Strange Days 134

10 The Big Plunge 146

11 The Ship Is Sinking 168

12 Touche Les Tous(?) 184

13 The Nightmare Dream 204

14 The Game Grows Up 228

References 250

Acknowledgements 254

Index 256

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