Someday Joe Torre is going to be in the Hall of Fame as a manager. The only question is which cap he will be wearing on his bust: Dodgers, Cardinals, Mets or Braves? Because based on the contents of his new autobiography, it sure as hell won’t be the Yankees. The NEW YORK POST says that the book, entitled “The Yankee Years,” is filled with just the sort of juicy tidbits and accusations you would expect from anything involving the Yankees.
The book, co-written by SI baseball scribe Tom Verducci, is not on sale at Amazon.com until Feb. 3, but the newspaper was able to obtain an advance copy through lots of hard work and close sources. Meaning: they went to a bookstore in New York that was selling it early and bought a copy. In the book, Torre goes into great detail about his exit and his relationship with Yankee brass, but he also has some special words for Alex Rodriguez - and they aren’t good:
In an explosive new book called “The Yankee Years,” Torre gets most personal in his attacks against Alex Rodriguez, who he says was called “A-Fraud” by his teammates after he developed a “Single White Female”-like obsession with team captain Derek Jeter and asked for a personal clubhouse assistant to run errands for him.
For anyone who has seen the movie “Single White Female,” this comparison conjures up a variety of frightening images. I can only hope that Jeter doesn’t have a dog (or didn’t, I guess). The book also details Torre’s attempts to turn Rodriguez into a winner, “which from all reported accounts included a lot of hand-holding and battling the insecurities and demons Rodriguez struggles with.” Which is exactly what you want from the highest-paid player in baseball.
Torre also slams Brian Cashman, claiming that the Yankees GM never told George and Hank Steinbrenner that Torre would be willing to accept a two-year deal to stay with the team. While all the above revelations might be entertaining, they are hardly shocking. But the following tidbit certainly is, and might give as much insight into the secluded, North Korea-like secrecy the Yankees were run under during Torre’s years with the team:
The book also reveals that, during spring training in 1999, team doctors revealed to owner George Steinbrenner that Torre had prostate cancer - even before informing the manager himself.
That’s right: The Yankees’ team doctors were apparently so petrified of The Boss that they told him about Torre’s life-threatening condition before Torre. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure this violates the idea of “patient-doctor privilege.”And the Hippocratic Oath. And common decency.
So I guess what I’m saying is: don’t expect Joe Torre Day at Yankee Stadium any time soon.