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Twelve straight playoff appearances. Six American League pennants. Four World Series titles. This is the definitive story of a dynasty: the Yankee years

When Joe Torre took over as manager of the New York Yankees in 1996, the most storied franchise in sports had not won a World Series title in eighteen years. The famously tough and mercurial owner, George Steinbrenner, had fired seventeen managers during that span. Torres appointment was greeted with Bronx cheers from the notoriously brutal New York media, who cited his record as the player and manager who had been in the most Major League games without appearing in a World Series

Twelve tumultuous and triumphant years later, Torre left the team as the most beloved and successful manager in the game. In an era of multimillionaire free agents, fractured clubhouses, revenue-sharing, and off-the-field scandals, Torre forged a team ethos that united his players and made the Yankees, once again, the greatest team in sports. He won over the media with his honesty and class, and was beloved by the fans.

But it wasnt easy.

Here, for the first time, Joe Torre and Tom Verducci take us inside the dugout, the

clubhouse, and the front office in a revelatory narrative that shows what it really took to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world. The high-priced ace who broke down in tears and refused to go back to the mound in the middle of a game. Constant meddling from Yankee executives, many of whom were jealous of Torres popularity. The tension that developed between the old guard and the free agents brought in by management. The impact of revenue-sharing and new scouting techniques, which allowed other teams to challenge the Yankees dominance. The players who couldnt resist the after-hours temptations of the Big Apple. The joys of managing Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and the challenges of managing Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi. Torres last year, when constant ultimatums from the front office, devastating injuries, and a freak cloud of bugs on a warm September night in Cleveland forced him from a job he loved.

Through it all, Torre kept his calm, kept his players respect, and kept winning.

And, of course, The Yankee Years chronicles the amazing stories on the diamond. The stirring comeback in the 1996 World Series against the heavily favored Braves. The wonder of 1998, when Torre led the Yanks to the most wins in Major League history. The draining and emotional drama of the 2001 World Series. The incredible twists and turns of the epic Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, in which two teams who truly despised each other battled pitch by pitch until the stunning extra-inning home run.

Here is a sweeping narrative of Major League Baseball in the Yankee era, a book both grand in its scope and fascinating in its details.

Synopsis:

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 Joe Torre, the most successful--and most respected--baseball manager of the modern era.

Synopsis:

An insightful, honest, and entertaining narrative of Terry Francona's tenure with the Red Sox franchise, during which time he managed two teams to World Series victories (including their first inand#160;eighty-six years) and oversaw some of the most iconic and colorful players in the game.

Synopsis:

From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, perhaps the most scrutinized team in all of sports. During that time, every home game was a sellout. Every play, call, word, gestureand#8212;on the field and offand#8212;was analyzed by thousands. And every decision was either genius, or disastrous. In those eight years, the Red Sox were transformed from a cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball historyand#8212;only to fall back to last place as soon as Francona was gone. Now, in Francona: The Red Sox Years, the decorated manager opens up for the first time about his tenure in Boston, unspooling the narrative of how this world-class organization reached such incredible highs and dipped to equally incredible lows. But through it all, there was always baseball, that beautiful game of which Francona never lost sight.

As no book has ever quite done before, Francona escorts readers into the rarefied world of a twenty-first-century clubhouse, revealing the mercurial dynamic of the national pastime from the inside out. From his unique vantage point, Francona chronicles an epic era, from 2004, his first year as the Sox skipper, when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later. He recounts the tightrope walk of managing unpredictable personalities such as Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and working with Theo Epstein, the general managing phenom, and his statistics-driven executives. It was a job that meant balancing their voluminous data with the emotions of a 25-man roster. It was a job that also meant trying to meet the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way, readers are treated to never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.

Ultimately, when for the Red Sox it became less about winning and more about making money, Francona contends they lost their way. But it was an unforgettable, endlessly entertaining, and instructive time in baseball history, one that is documented and celebrated in Francona, a book that examines like no other the art of managing in todayand#8217;s game.

Synopsis:

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 twelve 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.

Filled with great stories and insight, THE YANKEE YEARS describes the challenges of working for a team where the senior executives and the media question every decision; managing a clubhouse full of superstars; and what Torre did right, and what he did wrong, on the field and off. THE YANKEE YEARS also provides an insider’s view of the great changes in the game over the past several years, from the impact of revenue sharing to the shadow of steroids.

THE YANKEE YEARS is a must-have for every baseball fan, a compulsively readable chronicle of one of the greatest rides in baseball history.

About the Author

JOE TORRE played for the Braves, Cardinals, and Mets before managing all three teams. He managed the Yankees from 1996 to 2007, and is currently manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

TOM VERDUCCI is the senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and SportsIllustrated.com. He coauthored Joe Torre’s first book, Chasing the Dream, and published Inside Baseball, an anthology of his writings.

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Chris Horne, March 1, 2009 (view all comments by Chris Horne)
I thought this book was terrific. In fact it was much better than I initially thought it would be. As for all the drama that went along with it...i dont know...it wasnt all that contraversial to me. But he does tell all about the inner going ons of the club house; which is very interesting. This book was gripping, incredibly hard to put down. I wouldnt mind reading it again. Now that i said all that I do have to admit I am a big yankee fan, so maybe im a little one sided. Im not sure other non yankee fans will enjoy it as much as I did. BUT i do think they will enjoy it. Just not as much as a yankee fan I guess. After all it is a book about the 1996-2007 yankees. This book really changed my atitudes towards some of the players. Some who are greedy, some fake injuries, some are in the clouds of stardumb. But it also reinforces my feeling toward the good players like Jeter, Williams, Cone, and others. Ok that was my dumb review. Just go buy it already.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385527408
Author:
Torre, Joe
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Author:
Verducci, Tom
Author:
Torre, Joe
Author:
Francona, Terry
Author:
Joe Torre and Tom Verducci
Author:
Shaughnessy, Dan
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Baseball - Specific Teams
Subject:
Baseball managers
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
New york yankees (baseball team)
Subject:
Torre, Joe
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Baseball - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR 16 PAGE INSERT
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.3 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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 Joe Torre, the most successful--and most respected--baseball manager of the modern era.
"Synopsis" by , An insightful, honest, and entertaining narrative of Terry Francona's tenure with the Red Sox franchise, during which time he managed two teams to World Series victories (including their first inand#160;eighty-six years) and oversaw some of the most iconic and colorful players in the game.
"Synopsis" by ,
From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, perhaps the most scrutinized team in all of sports. During that time, every home game was a sellout. Every play, call, word, gestureand#8212;on the field and offand#8212;was analyzed by thousands. And every decision was either genius, or disastrous. In those eight years, the Red Sox were transformed from a cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball historyand#8212;only to fall back to last place as soon as Francona was gone. Now, in Francona: The Red Sox Years, the decorated manager opens up for the first time about his tenure in Boston, unspooling the narrative of how this world-class organization reached such incredible highs and dipped to equally incredible lows. But through it all, there was always baseball, that beautiful game of which Francona never lost sight.

As no book has ever quite done before, Francona escorts readers into the rarefied world of a twenty-first-century clubhouse, revealing the mercurial dynamic of the national pastime from the inside out. From his unique vantage point, Francona chronicles an epic era, from 2004, his first year as the Sox skipper, when they won their first championship in 86 years, through another win in 2007, to the controversial September collapse just four years later. He recounts the tightrope walk of managing unpredictable personalities such as Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and working with Theo Epstein, the general managing phenom, and his statistics-driven executives. It was a job that meant balancing their voluminous data with the emotions of a 25-man roster. It was a job that also meant trying to meet the expectations of three owners with often wildly differing opinions. Along the way, readers are treated to never-before-told stories about their favorite players, moments, losses, and wins.

Ultimately, when for the Red Sox it became less about winning and more about making money, Francona contends they lost their way. But it was an unforgettable, endlessly entertaining, and instructive time in baseball history, one that is documented and celebrated in Francona, a book that examines like no other the art of managing in todayand#8217;s game.

"Synopsis" by , 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 twelve 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.

Filled with great stories and insight, THE YANKEE YEARS describes the challenges of working for a team where the senior executives and the media question every decision; managing a clubhouse full of superstars; and what Torre did right, and what he did wrong, on the field and off. THE YANKEE YEARS also provides an insider’s view of the great changes in the game over the past several years, from the impact of revenue sharing to the shadow of steroids.

THE YANKEE YEARS is a must-have for every baseball fan, a compulsively readable chronicle of one of the greatest rides in baseball history.

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