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The Yankee Years [Kindle Edition]

Tom Verducci , Joe Torre
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The definitive story of one of the greatest dynasties in baseball history, Joe Torre's New York Yankees.
 
When Joe Torre took over as manager of the Yankees in 1996, they had not won a World Series title in eighteen years. In that time seventeen others had tried to take the helm of America’s most famous baseball team. Each one was fired by George Steinbrenner. After twelve triumphant seasons—with twelve straight playoff appearances, six pennants, and four World Series titles—Torre left the Yankees as the most beloved manager in baseball. But dealing with players like Jason Giambi, A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson is what managing is all about. Here, for the first time, Joe Torre and Tom Verducci take readers inside the dugout, the clubhouse, and the front office, showing what it took to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world.


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Editorial Reviews

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“One of the best books about baseball ever written.”—New York Daily News 

"An insightful and non-hagiographic look at a legendary manager and team during one of baseball's most transformational eras."--Boston Globe
  
"The consummate insider's view of what may be the last great dynasty in baseball history."--Los Angeles Times
 
"An appealing portrait of a likable, hard-working man. One closes the book with a high regard for Mr. Torre, not least as a manager."--Wall Street Journal
 
"A lively chronicle. . . . What this book does . . . very persuasively is chart the rise and fall of one of baseball's great dynasties, while showing the care and feeding it took to bring the city of New York four championships in five years." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
"A capacious fresh account of [Torre’s] great run in the Bronx.... Verducci has range and ease; he's a shortstop on the page." —The New Yorker
 
"Compelling. . . . A hybrid of insider reporting [and] autobiography." —The Christian Science Monitor
 
“Fascinating reading.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Filled with] many insights, some about human nature, many about the great American game.” —Bloomberg News


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About the Author

Joe Torre played for the Braves, the Cardinals, and the Mets before managing all three teams. From 1996 to 2007, Torre managed the New York Yankees. He is currently the manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 
Tom Verducci is the senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and SportsIllustrated.com, and a baseball analyst for the MLB Network. He coauthored Joe Torre’s first book, Chasing the Dream, and has also published an anthology of his work from Sports Illustrated, titled Inside Baseball: The Best of Tom Verducci.

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  • File Size: 9229 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (February 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL4R8
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133 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful look at America's game February 3, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I am not a Yankee fan. I am not a Red Sox fan. I have no dog in this fight.

Now, with that out of the way, I hope you'll give me a fair shake at this.

My opinion: this is a good read, at times even gripping. Its value lies beyond what gossip it contains about A-Rod or how it gets back at the Steinbrenners. It's an inside look at how baseball has changed, in ways that are often not that good.

I thought The Yankee Years would be a routine behind-the-scenes tell-all, but its ambitions are bigger. It chronicles the end of an era in baseball, a more innocent time before steroid scandals, big money and executive decisions based on advanced statistical analysis.

This is not a Joe Torre memoir. Torre provides his voice and viewpoint throughout the book, but Verducci also quotes dozens and dozens of other key personalities. He weaves it all into a fascinating narrative that covers all the highs and lows of the Yankee's dynasty years.

The book throws a spotlight on many key players from this era. Some shine, others don't. David Cone, Mike Mussina and Derek Jeter shine. Jeter, in particular, impresses throughout with his sunny optimism and quiet leadership. If you weren't a Jeter fan before, you will be after reading it.

There has been a lot of buzz about Torre dissing players in these pages. The "A-Fraud" reference to Alex Rodriguez is a throwaway reference to what guys in the clubhouse -- not Torre -- called A-Rod in 2004, about how the player tried to fit in during his first season as a Yankee. "People in the clubhouse, including teammates and support personnel, were calling him `A-Fraud' behind his back.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves more than 5 stars.... February 3, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci has received a large amount of pre-release press especially from the New York media, but also the L. A. Times. I can't remember a book release in the recent past that has garnered so much attention before anyone has had a chance to read it. Even Steinbrenner is curious about the books contents. He should be.

The Yankee Years is a measured and thoughtful look at the years Joe Torre managed the Yankees, 1996-2007. During that time he got to and won four World Series out of five, not an easy task for anyone. Torre also stopped much of the ridicule he received from the New York media upon his appointment. If winning four World Series doesn't prove you're worthy of the job, nothing else will. The fact of the matter is that Joe Torre became the most beloved Yankees managers of all time winning the respect of the fans and his players.....also not an easy task given the list of outstanding players he worked with.

Not being a part of professional sports means that most of us read these kinds of books with a fascination made up of a combination of awe and disgust. Our only window into professional sports is comprised of the media, written and electronic and then watching the games as they come to us, one after another as the season progresses. I say this, because that means books such as the Yankee Years become our "inside" story; our life line and private peek into the insanity of what has become "professional sports."

The Yankee Years has already aggravated several A-list players that are mentioned in the book. A-Rod, reportedly referred to as A-Fraud by his team mates, and David Wells just to name two people who may not be happy with the publication of The Yankee Years.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as controversial as the media portrayed it February 7, 2009
Format:Hardcover
As a lifelong Yankee fan I have to say that this book is absolutely invaluable because of all the information within. I'll be perfectly honest in saying that at the end of the 2007 season I thought it was time for Joe Torre to move on. My reasoning had more to do with maybe the team needing perhaps a new viewpoint from a manager. I know that it came with the price of the Yankees missing the postseason in 2008, and to be honest I was fine with that because it was something that I personally had been waiting for since the 2004 season. Joe just managed to stave off the eventual end of the Yankee postseason runs for a few more years and he did a hell of a job in spite of the parts he was given. After reading this book I will say that I'm very glad Joe didn't come back for the 2008 season with the Yankees because I think the unfair pressure on him would have continued, but it also brings up a complaint about the book which I will address at the end of the review.

The book is a very candid look at the Yankee run under Joe Torre from the 1996 thru 2007 seasons. It reads nicely, I've always been a huge fan of Tom Verducci's writings in Sports Illustrated and he doesn't fail to disappoint here. It's very nice to get a rare glimpse of the Yankee team behind closed doors and all of the problems that individual players brought to the team ranging from the moody Kevin Brown to the high maintenance Alex Rodriguez. In addition as others have mentioned the book does a wonderful job of detailing how MLB as a whole changed over the past 15 years thanks to the Yankee dominance during the Dynasty.

Now the excerpts released to the press prior to the publication of this book were designed to drum up interest, and it worked without a doubt.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Yankee Years
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. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kiera "Reading Is My Life" Northington
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Hard book to read if you don't know all the insiders baseball lingo.
Interesting info about the Yankees, but story slow in the middle.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars fair account
Unlike most sports novels, this one could not keep my attention. I'm glad I borrowed it from the library and did not spend a penny on it.
Published 24 days ago by Caren Penso
5.0 out of 5 stars Given as a gift!
My husband is a Yankees fan and he thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Can't tell you if the book gave away any secrets or not as I didn't read it, but my husband said it talked... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dee
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
If you're looking for a book written by Joe with a ton of insights and clubhouse secrets - look elsewhere. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
excellent book!
Published 2 months ago by Teri York
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight
During the late 1980's Joe Torre did the 'color' on Angel telecasts with the late play-by-play man Bob Starr. I gained an appreciation for Joe Torre's insight and honesty. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roy Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read especially for Yankees fans
decent behind "inside the locker room" look at some of the Yankee seasons, although not deeply. Front office stuff across baseball is interesting too.
Published 3 months ago by Nicholas Rizzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book
Enjoyed the writing and content about these specific years in Torre/Yankee history. Interesting to read management story, as well as manager's and players' perspectives.
Published 3 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yankee Years
Well written book. I always like Tom Verducci's style. It provides many insights to Joe Torre's professional life in one volume.
Published 5 months ago by Peter Reisz
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he should be ashamed
Please read the book before passing judgement. I doubt Joe said anything disrespectful to the Yankees, and since when NY Post and Daily News are considered valid news source without sensationalism?

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