That behind the scenes look at the Dodgers won't be coming from Joe Torre
Sorry, but I bring another disappointing tidbit from your 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers season:
There will be no Joe Torre Dodgers book.
No inside look at the McCourts. Nothing about what really went down with Manny Ramirez. No insights to Matt Kemp or James Loney, no private conversations with Larry Bowa.
"I have no interest in writing a book," Torre said.
Ah, come on. All the juicy insider stuff Torre could provide is just going to disappear into the ether?
When Torre exited New York, he teamed with Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci on "The Yankee Years."
It became a national bestseller, and bruised a few feelings in the process.
"The New York thing was much different," Torre said. "The time I spent there with the roller-coaster ride and all that stuff. When I had three years there like I am here, I had no interest in writing a book.
"But once you spend as much time as I did there, and having the excitement of winning and the depression of losing, and not really wanting to talk about it because it wasn’t finished yet … and I still wouldn’t have written a book if Tom didn’t come up to me and ask if I had any interest in the kind of book he wanted to do."
It’s true, of course, Torre has spent only three years in Los Angeles after leading the Yankees for a dozen seasons. And since he may very well remain with the Dodgers in some kind of front-office position, writing a book might not be the wisest decision.
Still, what could have been …
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers Manager Joe Torre heads to a news conference Sept. 17 at which he announced he would not return next season. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times