By Buster Olney
For 6 awesome years round the flip of the millennium, the Yankees have been baseball's unstoppable strength, with gamers similar to Paul O'Neill, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera. yet for the gamers and the coaches, baseball Yankees-style used to be additionally a nearly insufferable strain cooker of tension, expectation, and infighting. With proprietor George Steinbrenner on the controls, the Yankees cash laptop spun uncontrolled. during this new version of The final evening of the american Dynasty, Buster Olney tracks the Yankees via those fascinating and tumultuous seasons, updating his insightful portrait with a brand new creation that walks readers via Steinbrenner's departure from strength, Joe Torre's departure from the workforce, the continuing failure of the Yankees to reach the postseason, and the increase of Hank Steinbrenner. With an insider's familiarity with the sport, Olney unearths what can have been an inevitable fall that final evening of the yank dynasty, and its strong aftermath.
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But what was indisputable was that the 1996–2001 Yankees were a unique blend of talent and personality, and that it was possible that no team again would match their success. The variables within baseball had become too great since the advent of free agency: few organizations could afford to hold great teams together. As salaries rose, players tended to bounce from team to team more than ever before, and tended to spend more time on the disabled list, with teams protecting their sore and injured players like the ﬁnancial investments they had become.
There was one season remaining in Torre’s contract, and within days he would say that he had no interest in managing the Yankees beyond 2004. Clemens embraced teammates as he departed, thinking he had played his last game. Pettitte walked out the hallway leading past Torre’s ofﬁce and hugged coach Mel Stottlemyre, promising to call in the off-season. Within weeks, Pettitte would sign with the Houston Astros, publicly citing a desire to play in his hometown; privately, friends said, Pettitte was put off by the growing dysfunction in the Yankees’ organization, and he was sure Steinbrenner had little regard for him.
Torre’s relationship with the players seemed to have changed, too. During the dynasty, he thoroughly mixed with the players. But in time, some of the newcomers to the Yankees, especially some older players, felt as if they didn’t know him, and that Torre held a kind of special affection for Jeter and Rivera and Bernie Williams and others from the dynasty that the newcomers would never enjoy. Introduction xxxi And a crucial part of Torre’s job, his handling of the bullpen, had increasingly become an issue within the organization.