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Bullpen Diaries

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

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 04, 2011 – In his newest book, Rosen (More than a Game) follows the ups and down of the New York Yankees bullpen over the course of the 2010 season, focusing on game recaps in which he evaluates how each reliever performed. He gives a solid overview of the scouting system used by Major League teams to rate and scout pitchers, and interviews players and coach. Rosen's affection for the sport is infections, though by focusing specifically on what happened when the relievers were pitching makes his narrative feel incomplete. Also many of the conversations with or about the players revolve around stock answers about the pitching mechanics of arm action and foot placement so that readers get little insight into each pitcher, except for minor leaguer Jason Hirsh. His narrative is highlighted by charming personal pieces titled "Memory Lane," in which he recounts his life growing up a Yankee fan, as well as offering fun, historical facts that bring the game to life. Photos.

Customer Reviews

Bullpen Dairies

Bullpen Dairies is a great book that takes a look into the psyche of not only modern day pitchers, but also some greats pitchers of the past. It takes a look the rating systems of MLB teams, the conflicting opinions of scouts, managers, and ex-players, which is something not regularly found in the mainstream media reports.

The stories in the book are all great, which include a few great yogi'isms, an insight into the Yankees baseball machine, and finally insight into the mindset of a lifelong diehard Yankee fan. However, if you are not a huge Yankee fan, the book can be a little long with the recap of every Yankees game from the 2010 season making up a good chunk of the book.

Overall though the book is a must read for any baseball fanatic, as it gives you a baseball perspective that arguably can't be found anywhere else.


The diary style made it hard to follow but there is good info about pitching in the book.

Bullpen Diaries
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Baseball
  • Published: Apr 26, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 384 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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