"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.
“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.” -- Marty Appel, author of Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
“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.” -- John Thorn, editor of Total Baseball, and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden