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The Yankee Years

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,209 Ratings  ·  310 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
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 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
Apr 23, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I liked:

+Maybe it was the fastest I've ever read a book. I couldn't put it down.

+I loved the behind the scenes stories of the book. Yes I am a Yankee fan. Maybe that helped a lot with my enjoyment it.*

Their is a lot of swearing in this book. So just a heads up if you're getting this book for a adolescent or something.

Things I didn't like:

-Joe Torre barely wrote this book. I doubt he's that good as a writer. As other reviewers have put it: it's a Tom Verducci book written about Torre. Verd
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
Emily Medakovich
Confession: I hate the Yankees! However, I would still recommend reading this. While in some spots, it delves a little too deeply into the world of statistics and biomechanics, it offers a picture into an era of baseball. It chronicles the beginning of the Steroid Era and its aftermath, along with shifting philosophies in baseball regarding player evaluations. While focusing on the Yankees, it discusses baseball as a whole, including how the Red Sox acquired some of their best players and how th ...more
Michael Servetas
Nov 07, 2013 Michael Servetas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci is a great read for all sports fans. This book shows the baseball franchise New York Yankees through the eyes of their manager, Joe Torre. Relive the upcoming of one of if not the best dynasty of all time. The ups and downs of a season is seen throughout. The stardom of players are born such as Derrick Jeter and Marinao Rivera are shown. The needs of players and their contracts are shown. Each players problems are seen throughout and how they overc ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Kiera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. The pictures were a nice touch, as they brought back lots of fond memories. The book was well-written, with a personal touch; what I liked most about it was that it told the truth without being accusatory, pointing fingers, or placing blame. It told the good, the bad, and the ugly. It felt like I was actually there, with them as things were g ...more
Nicolas Arriaga
Sep 22, 2013 Nicolas Arriaga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the amazing book "The Yankee Years" by Joe Torre the talks about how amazing the Yankees are and how "out of the blue" they start to play like a bunch of little kids on a Saturday just tryin to have fun and fool around but that's not the craziest thing.The weird thing is this all happened when Joe Torre was managing them.
This book causes the reader to become suspicious to see if Joe Torre was the real reason why the Yankees where doing so bad or was it something else.Books like this can mak
May 13, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gave a fascinating glimpse of some of the things that went on behind the scenes during Torre's tenure. I found the events surrounding the Kei Igawa disaster very interesting. I realize this book stirred up a lot of controversy between Torre and the Yankees, but I didn't find there to be very much inflammatory material here. There is a detailed description of how Torre's departure went down that doesn't paint Cashman and CO. in a very flattering way, but that was about it.

This is a grea
Jun 13, 2013 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, biography
I loved parts of this book. It's a shame that 20 pct of the book was about Joe Torre and the author alternately discussing their deep man crush on Derek Jeter. If you like him so much why don't you marry him? I often thought. Not mature of me. So be it.

Another 20 pct was spent complaining about Alex Rodriguez although I think by the end there was more of a balanced perspective on poor ole A-Rod.

Otherwise the book was just too long.

If you liked the parts about steroid use, read The Secret Race
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.
David Mumford
Nov 14, 2013 David Mumford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a kid during the glory days of the New York Yankees during the late '90s. My dad is a Bronx Boy and my mom was a Dodgers fan until they abandoned her and my home of Brooklyn. She became a Yankee fan after that. Needless to say, I was raised in pinstripes. This book is a great inside view of the man running the team during the dynasty of 1996-2000 and beyond. Any baseball fan will love to see the inside of the Yankees former manager and any Yankee fan will love this book.
Adam Carman
Sep 28, 2013 Adam Carman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little repetitive at times, more like a collection of stand-alone essays. But a fascinating overview of the Yankee's latest dynasty. Torre puts his finger on the problem when he notes that earlier teams were ego-less comrades, not a cobbled together collection of superstars. It's a pity the Yankees treated Torre so poorly, but that's an outgrowth of New York sports fans: even winning isn't enough.
Pat Nestor
Interesting. As a Mets fan I can respect and appreciate Torre's accomplishments, but I have to admit some of this sounds like he took the opportunity to purposely make some people sound bad (like A-Rod and Cashman) , while painting a rather unflattering picture of Steinbrenner as well (not that I don't think it's deserved). A good read that any real baseball fan should enjoy.
Jan 03, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Working for Steinbrenner all of these years you would think that Torre has great stories, and you would correct. Torre does a great job bringing stories form the inner workings of the Yankees up close and personal. Even though he caught some heat from baseball for putting this stories out there, they are the stories that sell books. I loved it, you will too.
Jake Allison
Sep 19, 2013 Jake Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is about the Yankees through the years It talks about a eras in Yankee history. It is told by a former Yankee Coach how got four World Series wins. It give stats and talks about the best Yankees teams by the numbers.

I would recommend this book to all Yankee fanes because it tells the story's of how the Yankees are the best team in sports.

Jun 20, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved learning more about the intricacies behind the game I love. The business and advancements that have entered the MLB as technology improves was really fascinating. I am a fan of Torre and really enjoyed this book. A great perspective into one of the most successful managers!!
Jim Swike
Jul 11, 2014 Jim Swike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a truly great book. Joe Torre is about to go into the Hall of Fame. This book shows why, a great read. Enjoy!
Christopher Ryan
Jul 13, 2013 Christopher Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. A fair and insightful treatment of his time with his time with the Yankees. Is it slanted to favor him? A bit, but overall he did a very good job.
Apr 26, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to relive the really good days. Interesting insights into some things that were going on behind the scenes.
Clarence Goodman
Very good. So much is written in the third person that it occasionally reads like a novel rather than a memoir.
John Acy Reinhart
Odd book. Torre is a co-author, but is talked about in the third person and his comments are in quote marks.
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