• More From Torre Book On A-Rod, Cashman & Levine

    Posted by on January 27th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    Via the AP

    Based on the former [Yankees] manager [Joe Torre’s] observations, “You’re So Vain” should replace “New York, New York” as the team’s theme song.

    Exhibit A of the changed Yankees is Alex Rodriguez, who joined in 2004.

    “When it comes to a key situation, he can’t get himself to concern himself with getting the job done, instead of how it looks,” Torre says.

    A-Rod comes off not only as baseball’s top player, but also the No. 1 narcissist, in need of constant acclaim, approval and adoration.

    “He needs all of those statistics. He needs every record imaginable,” Torre says. “And he needs people to make a fuss over him.”

    A lot of the most-hyped material in the book, such as teammates referring to Rodriguez as “A-Fraud” and comparing his obsession with Derek Jeter to the movie “Single White Female,” come from Verducci’s reporting in the third-person narrative.

    Pitcher Mike Mussina and bullpen catcher Mike Borzello also provide many biting commentaries. Borzello, who might have been the closest person to A-Rod in the clubhouse, said of Rodriguez in 2004: “He was phony, and he knew he was phony.”

    Torre also details how his relationship with general manager Brian Cashman became strained in 2007, when Torre wanted the team to re-sign Bernie Williams and Cashman instead added Doug Mientkiewicz and Josh Phelps, both of them busts.

    “My opinion was completely disregarded,” Torre said.

    After Cashman consolidated control of the team’s baseball operations, Torre confronted him during spring training in 2006. Torre wasn’t pleased with the new reliance on statistics.

    “Cash, you’ve changed,” he said, telling him later that year: “Never forget there is a heartbeat in this game.”

    Torre said he thinks team president Randy Levine had it in for him ever since the manager told Levine to “shut up” during a 2003 conference call discussing David Wells.

    “I found out Randy had been trying to find a way to get rid of me from that moment on,” Torre says.

    Funny, I’ve yet to see a report related to all this that shares the fact that Mike Borzello is Joe Torre’s godson.

    Does anyone else hear that sound? It’s the sound of anything related to Joe Torre being removed from the Yankees Museum located along the right field line of the new Yankee Stadium…

    I think it will be a very long time before we see “Mr. Torre” at Yankee Stadium…at least in terms of anything associated to a ceremony.

    Comments on More From Torre Book On A-Rod, Cashman & Levine

    1. lisaswan
      January 27th, 2009 | 11:10 pm

      Steve, question for you – wouldn’t that 2003 conference call with Randy Levine regarding David Wells be about Boomer writing his tell-all book? And how delicious would that be?

    2. January 27th, 2009 | 11:39 pm

      It could have been…

      Levine had a hand in Wells’ fine:

      FWIW, I like Wells’ book. Wonder if I will like Joe’s?

    3. September 14th, 2009 | 11:17 pm

      […] might be “the guy” to count on…as he just seems to not be worried about how it looks…and is more focused on getting it done. Let’s hope I’m correct…as the ALDS […]

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