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Just Out of Reach: The 1980s New York Yankees (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Greg Prato

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The 1980s New York Yankees were loaded with talent - their always-outspoken owner made sure of that. But somehow, someway, it did not all add up - resulting in one of the few decades in Yankees history that did not include at least one World Series championship. However, the '80s weren't a complete washout, as it contained quite a few classic Yankee moments, including a no-hitter, a 300th win for an eventual Hall of Fame pitcher, welcoming two of the biggest stars in all of baseball aboard, and the emergence of a popular, homegrown first baseman. 'Just Out of Reach: The 1980s New York Yankees' is the first-ever book to focus solely on this decade of the team. Featuring nearly 30 all-new, exclusive interviews with players and those close to the team, the book is a fly-on-the-wall view of what was going on behind the scenes and on the field. Set up in the oral history format, 'Just Out of Reach' reads like a documentary, but in book form.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 348 pages
  • Editeur : Greg Prato (25 février 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Purchased this book for a lifelong Yankees fan 5 mars 2014
Par D. B. K. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Admittedly, I'm a long time struggling NY Mets fan. The 80's were our heyday, but as we all know, the 80's had a lot of disappointment for our neighbors in the Bronx. When I saw this book written on the 1980's Yankees, I just had to purchase it for my buddy (who eats, sleeps and breaths the men in the pinstripes). Really never saw a book done on this era of the Yankees before.... and I couldn't resist getting it for someone who workshops them. I took a look through the material before giving it to him, and I have so say, the book is pretty well done. It's very easy reading, and the stories (told by the actual players and people of the 80's Yankees) really bring you back to a place we all remember so well..... Just how out of reach these Yankees years were. It's interesting how the book is written.... almost in an interview format.... just like you're reading exactly like it happened. And some of the best stories are pretty interesting nuggets that just haven't been publicized. I didn't think I would actually read the book that I got as a gift for someone, but like I said, it was a really easy (and fun) read. From a Mets fan, this book is definitely an 80's book to get.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Information But Needs Better Editing 2 mars 2014
Par Eric Paddon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The story of the Yankees in the 1980s is a mostly neglected period of their history compared to their earlier drought period of the CBS years. Because of that, it was great to see Prato, who has done similar oral histories for the NY Jets and NY Islanders of the 1980s, do one for the Yankees and give us the recollections of many players whose stories have never been seen before like Ron Davis, Barry Foote, Andre Robertson, Steve Kemp etc. Bigger names like Mattingly and Piniella are absent but that doesn't detract from the level of information that's given. It was really great to see a forgotten story like that of Dave LaRoche and the "La Lob" pitch that took Yankee fans by storm in 1981 get told at last in print.

What keeps this from being a five star effort though is that Prato fails to provide some helpful contextual and connective narrative between the recollections. Instead everything just kind of unspools in an unedited fashion in a chapter section with just a few parnethetical observations that leave out key details like where the Yankees finished in a given season etc. Since I knew all this info already it didn't bother me much, but it might be a little confusing for the uninitated. As a result, while this is an outstanding reference work of raw history about the Yankees in this neglected period, we could still use a solid narrative history of this era as well. But despite this one reservation, thank you Mr. Prato for taking the first big step forward and I recommend it highly to Yankee fans!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Underwhelming, but still very entertaining 28 décembre 2014
Par Jason A. Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Two of the biggest problems with "Just Out of Reach" can be revealed just by a careful reading of the Amazon product page. Under "Book Description" -- what the author and his publisher want to tell us about the book -- we learn that "Just Out of Reach", quote, "reads like a documentary, but in book form", end quote. Yes. Reading is what one does with a book, thank you very much. And then the first three "Editorial Reviews" are laudatory quotes from... three of the book's interview subjects. The equivalent to this would be if the first editorial review for Joe Torre's "The Yankee Years" was from Joe Torre himself.

Apart from that, this is an entertaining Kickstarter-style book. The author reminisces about his first games at Yankee Stadium -- a memorable August 1982 doubleheader loss to the Chicago White Sox which got the Yankees then-manager, Gene Michael, promptly fired. He then explains how this experience led him to write a book about the 1980 through 1986 Yankees, seven very talented teams that never managed to win a title. However, the author's input is largely editorial: 99% of the book is comprised of interviews with Yankee players from that era, along with Billy Martin's son, and sportswriter Steve Jacobson. The players (and Martin Jr., and Jacobson) tell their own stories, with minimal text added by the author. The players (particularly Tommy John, George Frazier, Dave LaRoche) are very funny, and they make this also-ran era of Yankee history quite fun to read about.

The player interviews are about as good as their memories. It's usually a feature of baseball biographies that most player anecdotes about their most memorable games can be quickly proved wrong with 45 seconds of research on Baseball Reference and Retrosheet. While there are some such scattered errors here, most of the details are surprisingly accurate, particularly Steve Balboni and Andre Robertson describing their eventful first games in the major leagues, and Dave LaRoche describing a famous strikeout of Gorman Thomas (a popular clip which can still be viewed on YouTube). While the author does correct some factual errors in brackets during the quoted interviews, he allows other whoppers to stand uncorrected; Ron Davis brazenly asserts that Ken Griffey Sr. had a better year in 1982 than Reggie Jackson, which.... no. Not in real life; not even in Nintendo RBI Baseball.

The choice of interviews is also very telling. Prato only manages to land two Hall-of-Famers, Phil Niekro and Goose Gossage, for his piece. That means that you don't hear from the Yankees' top-line stars of that era: no Guidry, no Winfield, no Randolph, no Don Baylor, no Rickey Henderson, no Don Mattingly, no Reggie. However, there are plenty of Steve Kemps, Ron Kittles, Rex Hudlers, and Brian Fishers. Which actually works to the book's benefit, as you typically get a lot more insight and self-reflection from the has-beens and second-stringers than you do from the big names. Andre Robertson in particular is given much focus, as the effective ending of his career in an August 1983 motor-vehicle accident is retold at length. However, the author doesn't engage in much critical statistical analysis; he merely allows others to ruminate as to what a wonderful player Robertson might have been ("He had the makings of being a superstar", asserts Frazier), while the limited statistical evidence of Robertson's career totals really doesn't justify such conclusions.

On the whole, I found "Just Out of Reach" very enjoyable. Like the author, I'm a Mets fan who grew up in Yankee territory, and knew most of the stories in this book by heart before I even read the thing. It was a funny trip down memory lane, and led me to look up a lot of old game results on Retrosheet and Baseball Reference that I hadn't thought about in years. It's not quite as exhaustive or well-researched as it could have been with more time, money, and access, but it certainly was never a dull read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Prato Does It Again 11 août 2014
Par D. I. Kleban - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
A great look back at Yankees from 1980's. Using same format that he used in "Sack Exchange" (Jets) and "Dynasty" (Islanders), Prato tells the story of the 80's Yankees through the players and others surrounding the team. This is the perfect format for this type of book as the reader gets an inside perspective that would not be seen if it was just the author recounting various games and events. Prato does a masterful job letting the story be told while staying out of the way which many writers fail to do. What is great is that even though Prato interviewed stars from those teams (Gossage, Righetti), it is the tales from the lesser celebrated players (Kemp, Fischer, Kittle, Pags, Balboni, Andre Robertson) that really add color to the narrative. What really struck me was how big an honor it was for these guys to put on the pinstripes even in some leaner years. I loved hearing about Steinbrenner and some of the charitable things he did that were not reported. To a man, the players seemed to love playing for George which is not the impression I had when I was growing up in NY in the 80's following these teams. Great stuff on Billy as well. For anyone who grew up rooting for these Yankee teams, this is a must read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 For the definitive 80's Yankee fan, a must-read 17 mars 2014
Par Corey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
When my friend told me about this book, I knew it was something I had to get my hands on. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. There just isn't anything out there that speaks to the 80's Yankee fan. The book's format makes for easy reading, and really brought me back to the days of watching the Yankees on WPIX or from the rowdy right-field bleachers. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially for those hardcore fans who endured (and enjoyed) following the team during that period.
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