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My Team

Choosing My Dream Team from My Forty Years in Baseball

Larry Dierker

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Mantle or Mays? A-Rod or Jeter? Biggio or Morgan? Clemens, Maddux, and Randy Johnson -- or Pedro, Palmer, and Carlton? These are questions baseball fans can spend endless hours debating. Former All-Star pitcher and National League Manager of the Year Larry Dierker has his own opinions, and he shares them in My Team, his fascinating discussion of the greatest players he has seen in his four decades in the major leagues.

Dierker selects twenty-five players for My Team and another twenty-five for the opposition, the Underdogs, or "Dogs." There are two players at each position, five starting pitchers, and four relievers. (When your starters are the likes of Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Juan Marichal, you don't worry about bullpen depth.) All are players that Dierker has played with or against or watched in his years as player, coach, manager, and commentator. Each athlete must have played at least ten years in the major leagues to qualify, and players are judged on their ten best seasons. Leadership skills and personality -- critical components of team chemistry -- are highly valued.

So how is it possible to select two teams composed of outstanding ballplayers from the past forty years and not have room for Sandy Koufax, Reggie Jackson, Carl Yastrzemski, or Cal Ripken Jr.? Dierker explains his choices, analyzing each position carefully, always putting the team ahead of the individual player. He provides statistics to back up his selections, and often relates personal anecdotes about the players. (From his first All-Star Game in 1969, Dierker offers a wonderful anecdote about Hank Aaron, by then an All-Star veteran.)

My Team may start more debates than it settles, but Dierker's insights, and his passion for the game, will enlighten and fascinate true baseball fans.

Publishers Weekly Review

03 July 2006 – In a move sure to ignite passionate debate among the faithful, baseball vet Dierker\x97he pitched for and managed the Astros for years and is currently a columnist and broadcast commentator\x97has taken his argument for the best players of all time and put it into print. With his own personal Hall of Fame, Dierker goes through his fantasy team position by position and comes up with the "wenty-five guys who would be practically unbeatable." This is not for novices, for Dierker is a hardcore connoisseur of statistics and has the charts and analyses to prove it. He tries his best to keep the book from being the usual dry recitation of numbers and sprinkles in anecdotes from his history in the game to add some needed perspective. What's most rewarding is how often Dierker departs from the numbers, dismissing, for instance, the great-on-paper Gary Sheffield because he played for too many teams: "My guess is that he has been a less than inspiring teammate." As for controversy: Dierker chooses Bonds for left field, but doesn't take McGwire for first base since the former had a better record than McGwire did outside of the years he was rumored to take enhancements.
My Team
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  • 85,00 kr
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Baseball
  • Published: 11 July 2006
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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