Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Joe Torre on the New York Yankees

Tom Verducci: The book is not a first-person book by Joe Torre, it's a third-person narrative based on 12 years of knowing the Yankees and it's about the changes in the game in that period. Seems to me the New York Post assigned this third-person book entirely to Joe Torre and that's not the case. In fact, if people saw that Post story they probably noticed there are no quotes from Joe Torre in it. Joe Torre does not rip anybody in the book. The book really needs to be read in context.

It's not a tell-all book it's a very insightful book into baseball. It's a much larger book about the Yankees, not only how the game changed around them, but the growth of information analysis, revenue sharing, growth of intellect in front-offices, changes in Red Sox ownership, the Steroid Era, etc.

My take on this:
Do I think that Joe Torre was treated unfairly by the Yankees?

Honestly? Not really. If he were any other manager for another team he would have been fired a long time ago after all those play-off failures.

I certainly disagree with those who say that the Yankees would have won with any other manager. That is not true. His managing during those championship years all the way to 2003 were sound and apt. Having watched the Yanks very closely in all that time, after that, he seemed to run out of his magic.

It is sad that he chose to write a book a like this. There are some things that really should have been kept in the family. Does he deserve a spot in Monument Park? Absolutely. Will we see it happen in our lifetime? Who knows? Maybe not in Joe's.

Joe Torre, George Steinbrenner, and Brian Cashman in better days. >>>>>>>>>

Read what Buster Olney has to say and I totally agree with him:

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