Full Count

Full Count

Four Decades of Blue Jays Baseball

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780345812537
Branch Call Number: ANF 796.35764 BLA
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 25 cm

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Oct 18, 2015

Full Count is good, but not great. At just 250 pages, I think a lot more research could have gone into it - specifically dealing with the pre-1992 period. It would have been interesting to learn how Toronto was awarded a franchise and their early struggles in the late 70s/early 80s. But none of that is covered and the Bobby Cox era is only discussed in a few pages. The book deals mostly with the J.P. Riccardi years, which are covered in great detail. So if you're interested in the Jays from around 2001-2012, you might want to have a look at this book. However, if it's a more comprehensive history of the Toronto Blue Jays you desire, Jeff Blair's Full Count will only leave you wanting more.

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Smitty42
Feb 05, 2015

Interesting recollection of the Riccardi era and the struggle between management and the Corporate owners. I would have liked to see a little more detail on the pre 92-93 era and how the franchise came to be, how the name was chosen, expansion draft, moving to the SkyDome, etc.

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nursemelanie
May 18, 2013

Not what I expected. The subtitle references 'four decades of Blue Jays baseball' but there is little content pre-1990. While the author (a Hamiltonian) indicates he was working on the book for the past year, there's a significant amount about the 2012-2013 offseason. I was hoping for more history. This was disappointing.

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