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Torre to publish memoirs about time spent with Yankees

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre, named last week as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after ending a 12-year reign with the New York Yankees, is working on a memoir.

The book, currently untitled, will be co-authored by Sports
Illustrated's Tom Verducci and will include Torre's memories of the
Yankees, with whom he won four World Series championships, and
general thoughts on the game.

Doubleday, an imprint of Random House Inc., will publish the
book in the spring of 2009.

"Baseball has changed dramatically since I began my tenure with
the Yankees,'' Torre said in a statement issued Thursday by
Doubleday. "It was a wonderful 12 years and I look forward to
sharing my thoughts and perspective on how the game has evolved.''

According to Doubleday, Torre will explain his "decision to
walk way from the job of manager of the Yankees, but only as the
endgame in explaining in unprecedented detail what history will
record as the `Torre Era.'"

"In addition to sharing Torre's knowledge of the game, the
authors will examine the rapidly changing baseball landscape,
explaining how developments such as revenue sharing and the rise of
statistical analysis have made the future existence of dynasties
virtually impossible,'' the statement reads.

Torre signed a three-year, $13 million contract to manage the
Dodgers last Thursday, exactly two weeks after walking away from
the New York Yankees when they offered a one-year contract worth $5
million plus $3 million in performance bonuses he termed "an
insult.'' The Yankees were eliminated in the first round of the
playoffs this fall and haven't won a World Series since 2000.

Torre completed a three-year, $19.2 million contract with the
Yankees this year.

Financial terms of Torre's book were not disclosed, although a
publishing official with knowledge of the negotiations, who did not
wish to be identified because of publishing protocol, said Torre
will receive $1.8 million. The biggest sports book deal in recent
memory was for tennis great Andre Agassi, who has an international
following and reportedly received at least $5 million from Alfred
A. Knopf in an agreement announced last March.

"While as a corporate policy we never reveal the advances we
pay authors, I can say there are no incentive clauses in the
contract,'' William Thomas, editor-in-chief of the Doubleday
Broadway Publishing Group, said in a statement about the Torre
deal.