Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci pretty much wrote the history of modern baseball in The Yankee Years. Although everyone- including myself- calls it “Joe’s book”, it truly is a joint effort to cover baseball from 1996-2007. Let’s face it, Joe Torre’s Yankees were a dynasty, and they were THE team to beat during that time period, and the baseball world DID revolve around them, whether you like it or not.
Tom’s writing style is easy to read, but also treats the reader to modern statistics and modern baseball philosophies- in other words this is not an “old baseball book” reminiscing about the “good old days”; this is a serious analytical historical book.
Tom and Joe seem to be on a journey together to answer the question: what made the earlier teams (1996-2001) so different than the modern ones (2002-2007). The conclusion is that the starting pitching kept getting poorer and that the team chemistry suffered after the old guard retired or left (David Cone, Paul O’Neil, Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius, etc.) As illogical as it sounds, getting superstar free agents and creating an All-Star lineup didn’t result in getting rings. It’s a combination of getting the wrong people- they either didn’t have the mental capacity to handle New York, they were injured, or they weren’t good to begin with. It didn’t help how poorly the Yankees front office drafted.
- The tidbits. Joe tried to downplay the inside info on the Larry King Show, but their are a lot of great scenes in this book which allow us to see deep inside players and management’s personalities.
- Joe is a very humble, objective, honest, and genuine person. It is an emotionally engaging book.
- It is THE most complete history of Torre’s Yankees.
- It doesn’t pander to Yankees fans or insult my intelligence. Both sides of an argument or decision are given.
- Highly entertaining…couldn’t put the book down.
- It’s a shame Tom took out a whole chapter to spend on steroids and drug use. It’s shame that’s part of Yankees history and Joe Torre’s era. Most of it sounds like retroactive history, and as a fan, it’s kind of a turnoff to read about how players are drug addicts, cheats, and deal with slime ball drug dealers. Tom believes that steroids, HGH, and greenies can make a fringe player last years in the league, and an All-Star become a Hall of Famer, something I don’t agree with on all cases.
- A good bulk of quotes come from Brian McNamee. Granted his stories are EXCELLENT, and he has nothing to lose by spilling the beans, but are they real? I don’t know, but I believed them. Many (really awesome scenes) other come from the Yankees bullpen catcher Mike Borzello, who was released recently, so I don’t know if he was bitter or what…but I believed him, especially since Mike Mussina voucehes for him.
- A whole chapter on Theo Epstein, boy genius won’t rub well with Yankees fans. Oakland’s Billy Beane and Cleveland’s Mark Shapiro are also labeled as new age geniuses but last time I checked they have zero world championships.
- I was a bit surprised that there wasn’t more on Joe Torre’s coaches over the years. Torre does talk about Don Zimmer, Mel Stottlemyre, and Larry Bowa a little bit, but I guess much of it was outside the scope of the book. Same for a lot of players who didn’t really get mentioned or have a lot of positive things written about them.
- The Yankees hierarchy screwing Joe Torre. Let there be no mistake- they screwed him, and they knew it. It was a screw three years in the making.
- George Steinbrenner’s Alzheimer’s scenes.
CONCLUSION: This book could be entitled The Truth: The Yankees Secret Files. It’s a PAGE BURNER. 5/5 stars! Get it today!
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