The making of the Blue Jays' 2013 season.
After a disastrous 2012 season, the Blue Jays had a major
makeover, adding an array of star players through trades and
free-agent signings, including R.A. Dickey, the best pitcher in the
National League last year, and ticket sales have since soared.
Starting with a behind-the-scenes look at the offseason fallout
that led to the roster upheaval, this book covers every aspect of
the 2013 season with a particular focus on the personalities
involved. The cast includes Alex Anthopoulos, the 36-year-old
general manager from Montreal; R.A. Dickey, a sexual abuse survivor
who also happens to be the only major-league pitcher to throw a
knuckleball; Brett Lawrie, the team's lone Canadian, whose kinetic
style of play is a double-edged sword; José Bautista, the two-time
home-run champion bidding to revive his power after wrist surgery
felled him last summer; and Melky Cabrera, whose 50-game drug
suspension last year forced him to sign a free-agent contract with
a new team for half the money he might otherwise have realized.
Their guide is John Gibbons, whose challenge is to meld a diverse
collection of newcomers and holdovers into a winning team in a city
starved for a championship. For a generation of fans, 2013 is on
the cusp of being a season like no other.