The Yankee Years

  • by Joe Torre, Tom Verducci
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A dramatic and revelatory account of Joe Torre's 12 years as manager of the New York Yankees.Joe Torre is the most successful and most respected baseball manager of the modern era, steering the Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series championships. When he left the team in 2007, it was front-page news around the country. Famously diplomatic during his tenure with the Yankees, Torre finally speaks out about what it was like building and managing the dynasty during those 12 glorious and tumultuous years. Written as a third-person narrative with Sports Illustrated Senior Baseball Writer Tom Verducci, The Yankee Years is a thoughtful, utterly honest, and gripping behind-the-scenes look at the Yankees organization from top to bottom.

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Great listen

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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- Lynn

Torre didn't write this book

If this book had been marketed honestly it would have listed Tom Verducci as the author, with Joe Torre. I expected to listen to a first-person account of Torre's tenure with the Yankees. Instead I got a third-person account written by Verducci with Torre prominently quoted. The Yankee Years also included several non-Yankee baseball occurrences that occurred between 1996 and 2007. This was not a bad thing and it offered some perspective. Verducci also offered up a lot of "so what" statistics that, given what we learned in the book, would have been more interesting to Brian Cashman than to Joe Torre. Rarely do I suggest a book should have been shorter but, in this case, I think we could have learned everything that we wished to learn in about 10 hours. I've heard Michael Kramer narrate other works and he generally does a good job. In this book, however, his monotone weared on me after a while. Not a bad book, but it could have been better.
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- Ed "Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio