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Tigers Confidential: The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Season Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book just told stories about things you already know about the season. Was disappointed there wasn't backfield secrets that were not public.Published on January 20, 2014 by VAMMICHIGAN
THE 2008 TIGERS WERE OVERRATED AND UNDERWHELMING. THEIR VAUNTED HITTING WAS ERRATIC AS WAS THE PITCHING AND FIELDING. THE AUTHOR ANDY VAN SLYKE WAS ALSO THE FIRST BASE COACH. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by COOL JEWEL