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The Yankee Years by Joe Torre
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Jun 13, 09

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Read in June, 2009

Wow, this book is a must-read for any Yankee fan or any baseball fan in general. I would put it up there with Buster Olney's Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, as books that explore the latest Yankee dynasty from the late '90's.
Why unbelievably successful the Yankees are an amazingly dysfunctional organization. Torre had to manage his players as well as the Owner and backstabbing executives and a general manager, who changed philosophies during his tenure and went from Torre ally to selling him out. He also watched his core players retire and be replaced by superstars that had never won a thing, and somehow made it work.
The A-Rod controversy was way overblown by the media. He is called A-Fraud but it is attributed to Larry Bowa one of Torre's coaches not Torre himself.
In fact, the whole book is not told as an autobiography but as a investigative book on the Yankees with Torre being the main sources. When Torre expresses his opinion it is always in quotes. Verducci is the writer, while it seems Torre is along for the ride. Not dictating and certainly not writing, however it still remains a great glimpse into the clubhouse of the New York Yankees.
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Sterling Cool I should read it


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