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The Yankee Years

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  5,563 Ratings  ·  325 Reviews
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 t
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tony Gleeson
Feb 12, 2009 Tony Gleeson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Torre has recently taken some criticism for this book but I would point out that (1) this is really a book by Tom Verducci ABOUT Joe Torre and (2) I really didn't find much "talking out of school" or shocking betrayals of confidence in this book at all. It's a bit strangely paced and phrased, but it's a most interesting look at the New York Yankees, and baseball in general, from 1996-2007, with lots of insights about the game and individual players, and some great anecdotes. One has to remem ...more
Feb 11, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
I enjoyed this book, but I really wish it had more of Joe Torre in it instead of Verducci. The book was obviously written by Verducci with quotes and anecdotes from Torre just thrown in.

While baseball is not my favorite sport (I have too much invested in hockey to spend enough time obsessing over another sport), I am a 4th generation Yankees fan from my dad's side of the family and being knowledgeable about the Yankees is pretty much a prerequisite in my family. This book was a great reminder of
Feb 15, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that “The Yankee Years” isn’t the bash-fest that every media outlet made it to be before the book was released to the public. The “A-Fraud” thing is barely mentioned. And when it is, it’s in passing. After actually reading the book I don’t see what all the uproar was about. I suppose Joe Torre may have breached some kind of locker room blue line of silence but really he didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know in a broad scope. He and Tom Verducci really just filled in the ...more
Steven Peterson
Jul 19, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of bad baseball books out there. This is not one of those. Joe orre's view of his Yankee years is nicely wrought. One of the better works of this genre. . . .
This was an enjoyable book that offers some penetrating glimpses into the life of a big league manager in the highest profile role in MLB -- managing for the Yankees. The book was chock full of anecdotes about various Yankees (players like Paul O'Neill, Derek Jeter and David Cone get quite a bit of positive coverage in this book, where Kevin Brown, David Wells, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and of course Alex Rodriguez won't feel too flattered by what they read) and the pressure-cooker environmen ...more
Aug 06, 2009 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
After completing reading The Yankee Years (Kindle Edition), I have to say I was left disappointed. While there are several interesting, fun, or insightful anecdotes about the Yankees organization, the majority of the book is spoiled by an endless stream of statistics, constant reiteration, and overall, juvenile writing.

I picked up this book to read the behind-the-scenes stories and going-ons of the Yankee organization. Instead, I got a fairly reiterative summary of the post-seasons under Joe Tor
Feb 07, 2009 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was certainly a lot of hype for this book ("A-Fraud"), but what everyone was dealing with were, in fact, the title of Chapter 8: "The Issues of Alex". The book was good, very funny, but also a little gimmicky.
Not every game 7 is the "greatest game ever played". Even if one of them (2001 World Series, 2003 ALCS, 2004 ALCS) was the greatest, surely all three of them weren't! The 3 greatest games ever played probably did not happen within 4 years of one another. The way Torre and Verducci tol
Oct 17, 2011 Dustin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came out on the heels of an ugly divorce between manager Joe Torre and a Yankees team that he led to unprecedented success in the modern baseball world. It's because of this that I went into this book with an open mindset. In my experience, these 'tell-all' non-fiction sports books that come out shortly after the experiences take place have a tendency to be more flash than substance. The book caused quite a stir when it came out, at least in the 24-hour ESPN news cycle, and so I was sk ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that should be noted about The Yankee Years is that the author credit ought to be Tom Verducci and Joe Torre, not vise versa.

The hype surrounding the book suggests that it's Torre's tell-all memoirs, but it's more of an examination of the Yankees while he was the manager. The dominant voice is Verducci and Torre seems to have provided him with insight and privileged perspective. Torre basically anchors the narrative while Verducci explores the championship teams, the various pla
Mar 29, 2009 Roy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yankee fans, but wait a decade, for when you need to refresh your memory of the glory years
Recommended to Roy by: my dad
For Yankee fans (I count myself as one) who lived through the twelve glorious years that this book covers, there are not many surprises. I would say I knew 80% of it, but it was interesting to hear the manager’s perspective (and surprising to hear the manager curse, will this be in an audio book?) When you watch the daily drama of a baseball season, for six-months (seven , in good years) out of the year, you become very familiar with the faces in and around a team. Going into this, I felt I alre ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half is rich and exciting because the first half of Torre's story is rich and exciting. Two perfect games, four World Series titles (3 of which consecutive), a riveting 2001 Yankees-Diamondbacks series and a team makeup that was exactly that... a team. The second half of the story depicts the slow descent of the team into its evil empire persona. Relationships are ruined, egos are ever prevalent, stats precede strong individual character (a must for playing in New York) and the team dy ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed seeing all the behind the scenes stuff that went into decisions wether they were good or bad.
Jaime Contreras
Tom Verducci has captured the man that Joe Torre was during his 12 years (1996-2007)at the helm of the New York Yankees. This is an excellent account of the journey of Torre during his challenging and very successful run as the manager of the always controversial and winning baseball team. Torre shares his colorful and challenhing relationship with George Steinbrenner, dealing with the FO, handling personalities and managing the role of being the skipper of the iconic Yankees. The book comes ali ...more
Monte Lamb
Jun 23, 2015 Monte Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
This book covers the 12 years that Joe Torre managed the New York Yankees. It is amazing for the amount of critiques Torre makes on individual players and front office personnel. He talks about how some players were really great teammates and others were not. The only thing I will say is that it always makes Torre look like a knight in shining armor and always knew what to do. It is difficult to believe that he was ALWAYS the adult in the room, but even with this, it is a very good book with muc ...more
Aaron Kleinheksel
I won't waste time repeating the publisher's synopsis.

This book was pretty good, but not nearly as good as it could have been. A few reasons why:

1. Verducci is not at his best in this book, and I'm honestly at a loss as to why. It certainly is not due to lack of good material to write about... It just seems a bit flat.

2. The first third? of this book seems someone scattershot chronologically-speaking, which was disconcerting to me and annoying. It was more a collection of anecdotes. My son (from
Michael Giuliano
Sep 02, 2015 Michael Giuliano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Not as much of Torre's voice in this book as I expected, but still clearly his thought and options of the Yankees dynasty of the 90's and 2000's.

The fact that it was released so soon after his departure makes the bitterness feel more strong, and almost diminishes the impact of the ideas he was trying to get across. I think, had he waited another year or two (which would coincide with the Yanks next World Series win), it would've felt a little more balanced, and less of an "attack" book (which,
Chris Schaffer
Apr 25, 2015 Chris Schaffer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
A good, quick paced read but was basically written by Verducci with quotes from Torre sprinkled in with annoying tangents on seemingly unrelated topics sprinkled throughout. I just felt so much more could have been included. Insights from Torre and recollections on:

- Putting the '96 team together. Bringing in vets like Hayes, Strawberry and trading for Fielder.
- The '96 season - how they owned the Orioles, including the 4 game sweep in Baltimore that really set the Yanks on their way.
- The '96
Mar 09, 2011 Drebbles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
When Joe Torre took over as manager of the New York Yankees in 1996, they had not won a World Series in 18 years. He quickly turned that around with a World Series win in 1996 and three World Series wins after that. During his entire tenure in New York (1996 – 2007), Torre took his team to the playoffs every season. “The Yankee Years” covers Torre’s time with the Yankees, both the good and the bad, the perfect games, the World Series wins, the disastrous 2004 playoffs, the attack of the midges.

The Yankee Years is a book that tells about Joe Torre with his tenture with the Major League Baseball Club New Yor Yankees. It talks about from his early success and then his failures and how he can get so much sucess and still get fired. It shows teh cruelty of the teams and management is unorganized. Through his years he has the one where the Yankees Fans actually get to have some hope.

I can connect to the world because it shows how when Joe got fired other people get fired for doing a good jo
Sep 03, 2009 Hera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Yankee Years
by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci
ISBN-13: 978-0385527408

The Yankees have been, and still are, the most respected, and the winningnest franchise in sports. Not only do they come with a code of class but with an attitude that makes each person whom the Yankees employ, raise the level in which they are able to be competent. There have been many ups and many downs in the story of the Yankees, but once everything clicks, they all learn to win it all (which they have done 26
May 20, 2009 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adversy
( counts as 3)Imagine being one of the greatest Yankee couches ever. being in 6 world series and winning 4 of them. also a pretty good carer playing in the big leagues. that's the life Joe Torre had. also being apart of the greatest sports team of all time and couching under the most feared boss ever!
i loved this book it was the best book i have ever read and i have read about a lot of books. Joe was talking about his years in pinstripes and how he came in as kind of the underachieving manager
Erica H
Mar 25, 2009 Erica H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Baseball Fans
I am a Yankees fan via marriage. I am new to being a Yankees fan (since probably 2003) so I thought this book would give me some history that I otherwise only get bits and pieces of through my husband and through broadcasters. All of the content was great. I think that I learned a ton about what it takes to coach a team that only accepts winning. The stories about the players were also very interesting. I guess I don't know the locker room code but I didn't feel that Torre stepped out of bounds ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Focuses on 2001 to 2008, the period after the Yankees last won a World Series. Troubled years for Torre and the Yankee dynasty. High priced free agent pitchers who can't or won't perform in the New York market. A vain A-Rod suffers from continuous performance anxiety in the playoffs and an ongoing envy of Jeter's leadership role.

Steinbrenner is getting old and feeble. Brian Cashman assumes greater control along with many non-baseball people. During these years, the Yankees brass are more intere
Jul 24, 2011 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this book was release it garnered tons of attention in the New York area. All the news outlets tried to paint it as a tell all by Torre where he lambasts and lionizes the Yankee players he worked with for twelve seasons. I read this book two years after the dust of the publication settled and can say without a doubt that Torre treats every subject and player with the class New York and the world have come to know him for.

For those he chooses to lionize, he will still point out where they ha
Travis McClain
Publicizing The Yankee Years as a Joe Torre book is misleading. This is Tom Verducci's work all the way, from start to finish. He chronicles Torre's twelve years as manager of the New York Yankees, telling Torre's story for him. To be fair, Verducci obviously collaborated with Torre and in fact quotes from interviews with the esteemed manager throughout to give a semblance of involvement. The third person perspective alone makes clear that this is not, in fact, coming from the pen of Joe Torre.

Jul 26, 2012 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
A pretty good book, but several issues:

* I know how it turns out. I'm a Yankee fan, so whenever I read it, I get this impending sense of doom, especially when the story is coming up on the 2001 World Series, 2003 World Series, 2004 ALCS disaster, etc. That takes a lot of the fun out of it.
* It says "by Joe Torre with Tom Verducci" but from what I can tell, it's told from Verducci's perspective. Joe is quoted. That's just weird; he's listed as the first author.
*It skims over most of each season t
To be honest I was a little disappointed with this book. I understand that Joe Torre is a gentleman and I didn't expect to find a bunch of dirt, but I did expect to get Joe Torre's take on the subjects covered in this book. When it came to steroids it appeared to me that Tom Verducci took over and Joe Torre's voice was lost. It was as if Joe just has to say, I didn't' see it, therefore it didn't exist. While I know the book wasn't about steroid use it was rampid during his time as manager of th ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes indeed folks, I actually received this book Valentines Day 2009 and am finally getting around to it. (and yes a red sox fan gave me the book). To premise... I have a LOT of respect for Joe Torre. I had to hate him when he was a Yank, but I respect him because he was a class act, and how the Yankees treated him on the way out after all he did... Well it was very yankee-esque.

Not really surprising, Torre was bagged on from the start in NYC. I'd like to say it's because NYC people are assholes
Nov 13, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book any Yankees, fan correct that baseball fan. It shows the changing of baseball after Moneyball The Art of Winning an Unfair Game was released. This book chronicles Torre's time in the Yankees through his 1995 start to his firing in 2007, it shows the Yankees step fall from a championship caliber team with wins in 96,98,99,and 2000 and the inefficient old veteran base timed through 2007. Though it is out of date because of the Yankees 27th World Championship, I felt it was ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Oct 08, 2009 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book clearly lists Joe Torre as an author merely so it can sell more copies. I have no doubt he was consulted and things were run by him but clearly this is Tom Verduzzi's baby. With Torre listed as an author I expected it to be written in the first person. Wasn't. Talked of Torre like it talked of any of the other characters.

This is a book on the New York Yankees during the 12 years Joe Torre was the manager from 1996-2007. The Yankees won four World Series in five years and made the playof
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