Joe Torre rips Yankees in new book
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre gets personal in his attacks against Alex Rodriguez and Brian Cashman in a book written by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci.
In “The Yankee Years,” scheduled for release Feb. 3, Torre portrays Cashman as a “less-than-supportive ally who betrays him on several fronts” during his last season with the team, the New York Daily News reports.
Torre also says in the book that his star player, Alex Rodriguez, was often referred to by his teammates as “A-Fraud” and was obsessed with his rivalry with teammate Derek Jeter.
The 477-page book also reveals that during spring training in 1999, team doctors told owner George Steinbrenner that Torre had prostate cancer before telling Torre himself.
The book is not a first-person tell-all, but rather, a third-person narrative by Verducci, who interviewed dozens of players and team personnel while researching for the book, the source said.
Torre left the Yankees in October 2007, but he enjoyed an extremely successful run with the team, winning four World Series titles in 12 seasons.