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After all of the uproar over quotes that were erroneously attributed to Joe Torre I thought that I would listen to this book myself and decide.
This is not a book that is written by Joe Torre. Rather, he is a major contributor. It is a story ABOUT the 12 years that he managed the Yankees. There are plenty of stories about the players and other Yankees. The sole source is not Torre. Many of the quotes are directly from the people involved.
There are many fascinating sub-stories in this book. For example, the concept of the economics that drove the Moneyball craze are discussed. The teams that did well, and those that did not do well, are analyzed.
There are some great lessons in the book about life taught by Torre. His principles on leadership, trust and honesty shine through in all that he did. The way that he uses his principles in dealing with players, owners, the press etc should be a pattern for all people in business and other phases of life.
It is true that Alex Rodriguez does not come across in a favorable light. But the light is cast by Alex's actions and his own words. It is not done in a malicious manner.
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What did you love best about The Yankee Years?
This book is a very comprehensive chronicle of Joe Torre's time as manager of the Yankees (as the title accurately indicates). I have always been a Torre fan ever since he broke in as a player with the Braves. In fact, at that time (remember, this was pre-Johnny Bench) I thought Joe Torre might end up being the best hitting catcher in MLB history. While I very much appreciated all of the detail and rich insights this book provided, I wish it would have covered more of Torre's career----both as a manager and as a player. I also appreciated the insights on the other key Yankee figures during that era, e.g. coaches, ownership and especially players. In fact, the only negative for me (and here I obviously part with other reviewers) was the narration. Who picks these narrators anyway?! Michael Kramer may very well do a fine job with other books (as long as the reader does not object to unconscionable pronunciation errors of proper nouns), but his voice and intonation did not work for me with this book. Sometimes when I struggle initially with a narrator, I will become accustomed to his voice within the first hour or so and then be fine the rest of the way through, but not this time. And also, BTW, my criticism of his flagrant mispronunciation of names is not limited to unusual names and obscure players. Very annoying and frankly inexcusable.
What other book might you compare The Yankee Years to and why?
The Best Team Money Can Buy, by Molly Knight---a book I consider superior to this one.
Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?
Not unless I found the content irresistible, and even then, I would probably buy the book (hard copy).
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
None that I haven't already noted.
Any additional comments?
Write another book on Torre that includes his time before and after the Yankees.
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