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The Yankee Years by Joe Torre

The Yankee Years

by Joe Torre, Tom Verducci

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Very well written, not surprisingly... Verducci is the best baseball writer around (not including the Baseball Prospectus/Seamhead types... that's a different kind of writing).

Not nearly as controversial as the trailers would have had you believe, but there are enough cringe-inducing private clubhouse moments to ask yourself why Joe found in necessary to write this book. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 3, 2016 |
Good insight into the Evil Empire ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 2, 2016 |
I am a long time fan of the Yankees, and Joe Torre. I'd heard lots of great things about this book, and once I sat down to read it, I was not disappointed. The pictures were a nice touch, as they brought back lots of fond memories. The book was well-written, with a personal touch; what I liked most about it was that it told the truth without being accusatory, pointing fingers, or placing blame. It told the good, the bad, and the ugly. It felt like I was actually there, with them as things were going on.

I'd recommend this book to any Joe Torre or Yankee fan, as well as anyone who loves the sport of baseball. ( )
  Kiera_loves_books | Jan 18, 2016 |
I enjoyed 3 Nights In August more but still thought this was a good book. I liked Torre before I read it and like'd him more after I finished it. ( )
  Charlie-Ravioli | Jan 18, 2016 |
Full review here ( )
  beearedee | Feb 14, 2015 |
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To my wife, Ali, for all her love, encouragement and support during our magical years in New York, and to our daughter, Andrea, whose first 12 were Yankee Years. Love you! Joe Torre --------------------------------------------For Kirsten, Adam and Ben, the joys of my life. Tom Verducci
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Twelve straight playoff appearances. Six American League pennants. Four World Series titles. This is the definitive story of a dynasty: the Yankee years

When Joe Torre took over as manager of the New York Yankees in 1996, the most storied franchise in sports had not won a World Series title in eighteen years. The famously tough and mercurial owner, George Steinbrenner, had fired seventeen managers during that span. Torre’s appointment was greeted with Bronx cheers from the notoriously brutal New York media, who cited his record as the player and manager who had been in the most Major League games without appearing in a World Series

Twelve tumultuous and triumphant years later, Torre left the team as the most beloved and successful manager in the game. In an era of multimillionaire free agents, fractured clubhouses, revenue-sharing, and off-the-field scandals, Torre forged a team ethos that united his players and made the Yankees, once again, the greatest team in sports. He won over the media with his honesty and class, and was beloved by the fans.

But it wasn’t easy.

Here, for the first time, Joe Torre and Tom Verducci take us inside the dugout, the
clubhouse, and the front office in a revelatory narrative that shows what it really took to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world. The high-priced ace who broke down in tears and refused to go back to the mound in the middle of a game. Constant meddling from Yankee executives, many of whom were jealous of Torre’s popularity. The tension that developed between the old guard and the free agents brought in by management. The impact of revenue-sharing and new scouting techniques, which allowed other teams to challenge the Yankees’ dominance. The players who couldn’t resist the after-hours temptations of the Big Apple. The joys of managing Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and the challenges of managing Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi. Torre’s last year, when constant ultimatums from the front office, devastating injuries, and a freak cloud of bugs on a warm September night in Cleveland forced him from a job he loved.

Through it all, Torre kept his calm, kept his players’ respect, and kept winning.

And, of course, The Yankee Years chronicles the amazing stories on the diamond. The stirring comeback in the 1996 World Series against the heavily favored Braves. The wonder of 1998, when Torre led the Yanks to the most wins in Major League history. The draining and emotional drama of the 2001 World Series. The incredible twists and turns of the epic Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, in which two teams who truly despised each other battled pitch by pitch until the stunning extra-inning home run.

Here is a sweeping narrative of Major League Baseball in the Yankee era, a book both grand in its scope and fascinating in its details.

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Written as a third-person narrative with "Sports Illustrated" senior baseball writer Verducci, "The Yankee Years" is a thoughtful, utterly honest, and gripping behind-the-scenes look at the Yankees' organization from the most successful--and most respected--baseball manager of the modern era.… (more)

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