Toronto Blue Jays, The
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Toronto Blue Jays, The

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Look InsideExtra Innings Website A revised Team Spirit Baseball edition featuring the Toronto Blue Jays that chronicles the history and accomplishments of the team. The Team Spirit series paints an engaging, detailed yet accessible picture of professional sports teams. By focusing on the history, great victories and memorable personalities, the books have an enduring quality that will not go out of date quickly. The text is enhanced with plenty of full color photographs as well as reproductions of vintage trading cards and team memorabilia. Once you have the books, be sure to check out the new EXTRA INNINGS website to go along with the reading material! This site will be continuously updated with all new information on every baseball team the perfect source for up-to-date statistics and player information for young sports fans. Each website includes: Achievement Updates, More Go-To Guys, More Fun Facts, League Leaders, and more!

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    Mark Stewart
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The revamped Team Spirit series of MLB franchise profiles keeps some of the content from the 2007 editions but adds a good deal of new features and brings each team into the present day. New chapters like "Legend Has It," which looks at unique team lore, and "Talking Baseball," which doles out notable quotes from players and managers, help add some personality to each identically structured book. The best new feature is easily the "Great Debates" spread, which will introduce readers to one of the great joys of fandom: the endlessly debatable "what if" questions in which you can prove your passion and knowledge for your team while pooh-poohing your friend for the same. In The Minnesota Twins, we're invited to decide the team's best shortstop (Zoilo Versailles or Cecil Travis?) and ponder who made the team's most memorable catch (bonus points if you said Sam Rice). The Oakland Athletics treats readers to a debate weighing pitchers Catfish Hunter and Lefty Grove and compares the 1970s A's with the 1930s squad. The Seattle Mariners argues whether the loaded 1995 Mariners lineup would have beaten the 116-win 2001 team, or whether Randy Johnson or Felix Hernandez should be considered the Mariners' all-time best pitcher. And The Toronto Blue Jays compares the arms of Roberto Alomar and Jesse Barfield as well as the curveballs of Roy Halladay and Dave Steib. In all, the new content makes it worth your while to update the series, and links to additional online information seal the deal.

Booklist, May 1st, 2012

The book summarizes the team's history and provides a more comprehensive study of more recent years. Superstars are mentioned along with best and worst seasons. Community interaction, records, and tall tales are also discussed. All material is suitable for children. All illustrations match the text. Highly Recommended.

Arlington Independent School District Professional Library, 2012