Bullpen Diaries: Mariano Rivera, Bronx Dreams, Pinstripe Legends, and the Future of the New York Yankees

Bullpen Diaries: Mariano Rivera, Bronx Dreams, Pinstripe Legends, and the Future of the New York Yankees

by Charley Rosen


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"Delightful and insightful." —John Thorn, author of Total Baseball

Baseball is the only sport where the defense has the ball, and there is no lonelier in the world of sports than the pitcher’s mound. Which makes Yankee relievers among the most scrutinized and intriguing group of athletes in the game. In Bullpen Diaries, Charley Rosen, lifelong Yankees fan and co-author of the bestseller More Than Just a Game, delivers a fun, insider’s look at this rare breed of player. With one-of-a-kind stories about Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mariano Rivera and teammates, as well as behind-the-scenes interviews and fascinating trivia (including the origin of baseball’s secret mud), Rosen hits a grand slam with this indispensible volume of baseball history—featuring players and teams from across the MLB as well as predictions for 2011.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062005984
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Charley Rosen is the coauthor with Phil Jackson of the New York Times bestseller More Than Just a Game. He is the author of Bullpen Diaries and fifteen other sports books, and has written more than a hundred articles for publications such as the New York Times Book Review, Sport, Inside Sports, M, and Men's Journal.

Table of Contents

A Fan's Notes xi

Part 1 Screwballs and Blazers 3

Mighty Mo and the Rating System 7

Mariano Rivera's Childhood 13

The Yanks' Biggest Riddle 17

Pitch Count Phil 23

What Pitch Count? 29

Memory Lane: Bob Feller and the Motorcycle 33

Assembling the Bullpen in the Off-Season 35

Spring Training 45

The Yankees' Minor Leaguers 49

Between the Lines: Why Grades? 57

Behind the Scenes: Visiting the New Yankees' Bullpen 61

Part 2 April 2010 67

Memory Lane: The Home of Champions 101

May 2010 107

Memory Lane: A Truly Blown Save 153

June 2010 157

Memory Lane: Yogi, Joe, and Knuckleballers 189

July 2010 193

July 12-15, All-Star Break 203

July 2010 and Old-Timers' Day 207

A Hot August Night, Triple-A Ball, and Yankee Hopefuls 235

August 2010 249

Memory Lane: Johnny Mize's Bat 283

September-October 2010 287

Part 3 Memory Lane: An Imperfect Day, Don Larsen, and Me 319

Bullpen Grades for the Entire Regular Season 325

The Playoffs 331

The Yankees' Winning Formula: Past 349

The Yankees' Winning Formula: Future 353

My Stadium Misadventure 361

Memory Lane: All the Way Home 365

Acknowledgments 369

What People are Saying About This

John Thorn

“The great joy of this wonderful book comes from its layered structure, in which plays and players of long ago float in, around, over, and under every current game. A delightful and insightful book.”

Marty Appel

“Rosen does a wonderful job weaving in the evolution of relief pitching, the fortunes of the 2010 Yanks, and plenty of good old baseball talk in this terrific book.”

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