Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball Hardcover – Apr 5 2013
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“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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But overall it stands as a decent continuance to Stephen Brunt's diamond dreams, just don't anticipate anything earth-shattering.
A title like "Full Count: Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball" implies that this is a narrative history of the Blue Jays franchise, but that couldn't be further than the truth. If you bought the book based on the title, you'd expect to learn about the formative years of the franchise that made its debut in 1977; about its rise to prominence in the 80s, spearheaded by the best outfield in baseball and one of the game's premier pitchers. You'd learn all about Exhibition Stadium and the events that transpired on the diamond within. It would carry on through SkyDome, the World Series wins and so forth. That's what you'd expect, right?
You're not going to find that here. In fact, we'll let the book's Index tell the story: Exhibition Stadium is mentioned twice in the entire book. Yes, the home of the Blue Jays for the first twelve-and-a-half years of their existence is mentioned a grand total of two times. The greatest outfield in the Major Leagues throughout the eighties...Bell, Barfield and Moseby... receive just one mention in the entire book. Seriously. (Yes, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish receives six times more coverage in a book about the history of the Blue Jays than do three of the greatest players in the team's history.) Dave Steib is mentioned only in context to Jack Morris. I swear I couldn't make this stuff up.
I could go on and on and on. In Jeff Blair's mind, Blue Jays baseball began in 1989 when he started covering baseball for the Gazette. Apparently, nothing before counts.Read more ›
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I should have research this book more as I bought it for my mother in the hospital and was hoping there where pictures, but there wasn't. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written book. But it was not a full history of the jays that the title suggests. Very little info pre World Series.Published on Aug. 24 2014 by CHAD AC/DC TOUR MANAGER