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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (April 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345812530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345812537
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
“Blair is lucid, informed and intelligent.... We can appreciate...Blair’s judicious commentary on a team that always seems to be on the wrong side of the baseball gods.”
—Philip Marchand, National Post
 
Full Count is learned and thorough, with a keen eye on engaging readers instead of drowning them in the deluge of the author’s knowledge.... The book manages that rare narrative pull that eludes so much contemporary sports writing.”
Quill & Quire
 
Full Count is the book Jays fans have been waiting for. Jeff Blair nails the twin goals of any successful author, telling stories loaded with flair and detail and gaining tremendous access to the principals who could shed the most light on the past four decades of baseball in Toronto. Not a Jays diehard? No problem. With tales of boardroom dealings, team-building strategies, and vivid storytelling, Blair, like Joe Carter twenty years before him, touches ’em all.”
—Jonah Keri, author of the New York Times bestseller The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on May 12 2013
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Blair does a decent job of chronicling the Jays since 1993, but the past twenty years have not provided much in the way of subject material to craft a book from. Personally I thought he did a good job breaking down the JP years, but more time should have been spent on Clemens and other events. Plus, by the conclusion the reader is sick of hearing about the jays-Marlins trade that was obviously tacked on after the book was already completed.
But overall it stands as a decent continuance to Stephen Brunt's diamond dreams, just don't anticipate anything earth-shattering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Goss on Jan. 10 2014
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4 decades of Blue Jay history is anything but and certainly fails to shed any light on the lows while seeming to concentrate on the 2 World Series win years, which while the focal point of most BJ fans, hardly tells the story of what has happened to the team and why management has failed so miserably to reproduce that winning combination since the highlight years of the early 90's. Blair needs to get closer to his subject!
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I got this book from my local library, was really looking forward to reading it, as there has not been a good book about the Jays in recent years. That still holds true. This book is very heavy to discussing the Blue Jays two series winning years, and the past decade, while generally neglecting the rest of their history. At times, it is too much about baseball in Canada than about the Jays, Joey Votto and Justin Morneau are mentioned more than the entire 80's outfield of Barfield, Moseby, and Bell(Barfield and Moseby are mentioned once, in the same quote, and that is it. There is more about Ted Rogers and his life story than about 25 years of Blue Jays baseball. There are numerous factual errors, for example, Dave Winfield was 43 years old when he first signed with the Jays, but 41 years old when he won the World Series with the Jays, oops. Paul Molitor's contract worth was missed....by $18 million, this is only the beginning of the errors. It is not a terrible book, but I would not recommend it to anyone.
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I expected much more from this book. There is not much in the book that is not already known and it reads like a book written by a 10 year old. Very little original writing, insight or anecdotes. I would not waste your money.
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