Full Count by Jeff Blair
Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

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...we can appreciate...Blair’s judicious commentary on a team that always seems to be on the wrong side of the baseball gods.
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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.
 

About Jeff Blair

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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.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Random House Canada. 272 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on May 10 2013

...we can appreciate...Blair’s judicious commentary on a team that always seems to be on the wrong side of the baseball gods.

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on May 10 2013

At this point, I don’t even want to think about how it will play out. But we can appreciate, in the meantime, Blair’s judicious commentary on a team that always seems to be on the wrong side of the baseball gods.

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