Change up

Change up

How to Make the Great Game of Baseball Even Better

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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In the spirit of Moneyball, the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays offers cutting insights on baseball

Buck Martinez has been in and around professional baseball for nearly fifty years as a player, manager and broadcaster. Currently the play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays, Martinez has witnessed enormous change in the game he loves, as it has morphed from a grassroots pastime to big business. Not all of the change has been for the better, and today's fans struggle to connect to their on-the-field heroes as loyalty to club and player wavers and free agency constantly changes the face of every team's roster.

In Change Up, Martinez offers his unique insights into how Major League Baseball might reconnect with its fanbase, how the clubs might train and prepare their players for their time in "The Show," and how players might approach the sport in a time of sagging fan interest. Martinez isn't shy with his opinions, whether they be on pitch count, how to develop players through the minor-league system, and even if there should be a minor-league system at all. Always entertaining, ever insightful, Martinez shares brilliant insights and inside pitches about summer's favourite game.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443440738
Branch Call Number: 796.357 Mar
Characteristics: ix, 294 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Robson, Dan 1983-- Author


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Aug 29, 2016

The autobiography of player/manager/broadcaster Buck Martinez is a great read - especially for Blue Jay fans who want to stroll down memory lane and relive the glory days from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. As someone who was there from the pre-Bobby Cox era, he sheds a lot of light on how the franchise put together a winning puzzle, which included primarily homegrown talent, smart drafting (including plenty of Rule 5 steals) and impressive free agent signings that eventually put them over the hump. However, his tales of what is was like to be a player in the late 60s and 70s is what makes this book stand out. Unfortunately, many of his solutions on how to make the game better, like having players go down to the Caribbean to experience winter ball probably won't happen in my lifetime. With multi-millionaire prima donnas dominating the ranks these days, the old-school era that Martinez played in is sadly long gone and never coming back.

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