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Tigers Confidential: The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Season Hardcover – March 1, 2009

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Andy Van Slyke is the Detroit Tigers' first base, outfield and base running coach. During his playing days, primarily with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Andy, a first-round draft pick in 1979, was a three-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves for defensive excellence and two Silver Slugger Awards as the top offensive outfielder in the National League. He twice finished fourth in National League MVP balloting. Jim Hawkins is the baseball writer and columnist for the Oakland (Mich.) Press. He began covering the Tigers as a 25-year-old rookie reporter in 1970. He returned to the beat in 2006 when the team's games suddenly became meaningful again. This is his sixth book, his fourth on the Tigers, including biographies of former Tiger stars Mark Fidrych (Go, Bird, Go) and Ron LeFlore (Breakout) and The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Confidential
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600781683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600781681
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,592,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a Tiger fan, I was really looking forward to reading this book and getting some inside information on behind the scenes events. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. For the casual fan who doesn't read much about the team, this book could be interesting. However, for the avid fan who reads about the Tigers daily or more often there is not much new to discover. The book is not that long and is a quick read for those who want to re-live the 2008 season. It was a season of unfulfilled expectations so you may not want to re-live that season.
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This book was pretty much a summary of the 2008 Season. It had comments from Andy Van Slyke of how they where feeling bad about losing. There was no Untold Inside story at all. It was just saying how hard they were playing and how they couldn't win. I'm a huge Tiger's fan and this book was a little boring to me. It is not long so it was a quick read. But nothing special here.
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It seems like every season in major league baseball, there are surprises - good and bad - that have the "experts" shaking their heads in disbelief. Such was the case for the 2008 Detroit Tigers, who seemed to have loads of talent; yet never put the pieces together to play well enough to contend for their division title. Instead, they performed poorly all season long; primarily due to a horrendous pitching staff that was either too old, too banged up, or too over-rated to get the job done.

Andy Van Slyke's engaging and honest perspective of Detroit's 2008 meltdown is a well-written story of how an entire team can become mired in a season-long funk; and how frustration can turn otherwise fine ballplayers into a confused and ineffective squad, game in and game out.

Clearly, the success of a baseball team hinges on many "small" variables that often go unnoticed by the casual observer; if the players work as a cohesive unit, usually they take care of these "little things" to win on a consistent basis; and everybody's happy - from the players and management, to the media, and of course, the fans. On the other hand, when enough "little things" don't get handled well, the results are usually unfavorable; such was the case for the '08 Tigers.

To their credit, the team seemed to accept the responsibility for their collective failure, and have performed solidly for the past couple of season. This is a storied franchise with great fans who understand the nuances of the game; surely, most of them will find this inside perspective one that is compelling, amusing at times, poignant at times, but always informative and entertaining.
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I have no idea if this is true, but I am convinced that this book is the reason that Andy Van Slyke is no longer a coach for the Detroit Tigers. It seems to be an honest account of one man who was a part of a team that was supposed to not only win the 2008 World Series, but be one of the best teams in the history of baseball. Unfortunately the Tigers had a lot of pieces of the puzzle, but forgot to look at the front of the (puzzle) box to help them assemble them into the complete picture. While reading this book, I felt like I was reliving the 2008 season when I attended close to 30 games, now with the help of Van Slyke, I could see what was happening behind the scenes and in the clubhouse, rather than drawing conclusions from all of the media speculation that occurred that extraordinarily disappointing baseball season. This is a must for any modern era Tiger's fan!
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