Dimensions: 272 pages, 3.75 × 2.53 × 0.44 in
Published: April 5, 2013
Publisher: Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345812530
ISBN - 13: 9780345812537
From the Publisher
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 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.
"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