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Bullpen Diaries: Mariano Rivera, Bronx Dreams, Pinstripe Legends, and the Future of the New York Yankees Hardcover – April 26, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
“The great joy of this wonderful book comes from its layered structure, in which plays and players of long ago float in, around, over, and under every current game. A delightful and insightful book.” (- John Thorn, editor of Total Baseball, and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden)
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In "Bullpen Diaries", author Charley Rosen takes the reader through the entire 2010 season with the New York Yankee bullpen, month-by-month, relief pitcher by relief pitcher, and in some cases (literally) pitch-by-pitch. The baseball knowledge of the author is encyclopedic, as is his ability to spin a good yarn and relate an amusing anecdote. I've been a baseball junkie for decades and thorougly loved this book.
The only caveat -- and one that cost the book a 5th star -- is that there is simply too much information for anyone OTHER than a baseball junkie to absorb. The author anaylzed literally EVERY GAME of the 2010 season (not all games are analyzed in the book -- but dozens are). For the casual reader, this is overkill.
In other words, the reader needs to know what he (or she) is getting into before picking up this book. If you're looking merely for the casual anecdote about relief pitching -- go elsewhere. But if you REALLY want the inside scoop, you're going to love this book.
If you are a sabermetrics believer than this book will have more appeal for you. I think that we can get lost in the numbers and sometimes lose the beauty of the game. To be fair, this book did not lose the beauty, sometimes it just muddied it up a bit. It is a day by day account of the Yankees 2010 season mostly from the pitchers point of view. As a Yankees fan, I enjoyed that aspect of the book.
I enjoyed the almost conspiratorial way Rosen shares how pitchers are graded and different people's take outside the Yankee organization on pitchers like Joba Chamberlain. At some level though this book just reminded me of a research book though. It has its place but the appeal is going to be limited.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book and there is a bit to dislike. It is an OK to good book. It does a good job of jogging down memory lane to yesteryear and coming back to the moment.
Above all else baseball is a game of counting and remembering. This book does both. Perhaps the biggest drawback to me was the predictions for the 2011 season, almost all of which have proven to be incorrect. Having read an uncorrected proof I am hoping they were all removed before the actual book came out. Buy this book if you love baseball, if you like the Yankees or like sabermetrics. If you are just a so/so fan or a casual fan this book probably is not for you.
One of the minor lapses for the hard core fan is that the game descriptions occasionally need a tighter edit. Sometimes the number of innings he lists the bullpen pitching or the number of outs recorded don't add up. Though he states his editor is a baseball fan, it appears he didn't catch these mistakes or that the book was actually edited by a typical editor with little knowledge of baseball. These mistakes reduce a four star rating to three stars.
In fairness, it's a pretty good read if you like baseball stats (which I do), so it does merit a solid two star rating. Just don't expect a diary.
If you are looking for a 5 star book about baseball, I recommend Ball Four by Jim Bouton or maybe The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle. Both of those books are more like real diaries than "Bullpen Diaries" (though neither is a true diary because the chapters don't start with, "Dear Diary,").
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband is a huge Yankees fan, I thought he'd enjoy this. He never did. I'm not a fan of baseball & even still I'm a MN girl so the Yankees aren't my team. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by KO
Chronicle of the Yankees' 2010 Bullpen and it's day-to-day performance level. This Sometimes reads too much like a Scout's take on the Yankees' Bullpen, but there are enough... Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Very good book. I'm a huge Yankee fan so it was a pleasure to read. Great gift for a true Yankee fan.Published on August 17, 2011 by Mo
Reads as if you are sitting at a bar having to listen to some boor telling you how much he knows...
Written in such an arrogant manner that it is almost offensive. Read more
I love the Yankees and I usually enjoy baseball history, but this was just too much. It was a pitch by pitch analysis of the relief pitchers. Read morePublished on May 13, 2011 by Samantha L. Sayre
This was supposed to be a biography of Mariano Rivera, one of the players on the Yankees. I believe it was written more as a book of game stats and nothing more. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by McCarth