"Zim's a guy who's been around baseball for a hundred years...I look at him as a wise old Buddha."-Derek Jeter
"Zimmer is refreshingly honest. A nicely balanced memoir."-Publishers Weekly
"Warm, funny, pugnacious and honest to a fault...an entertaining, quick read."
"In his second book, Zimmer...offers further affectionate reminiscences of his 55-year career in baseball."-Library Journal
"One of my closest friends in life and in baseball. Zim has been one of the great guys and ambassadors of the game."-Duke Snider
"One of my favorite times is talking baseball once a week with Zim. He also taught me all my racing experience, but I don't bet horses unless it is number 8."-Yogi Berra
Teaming up again with Madden, Zimmer (Zim: A Life in Baseball), formerly of the Yankees, now with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, recalls more than half a century of glories and challenges and gives his spin on the changes in baseball-good and bad-observed over a lifetime in the game. Ironically, one of his biggest complaints is batters displaying their indignation over close pitches. Zimmer condones the inside pitch as a strategic necessity, which might seem inconsistent for someone who almost died on two occasions from being hit in the head, or "beaned." In an unusual move for a sports memoir, he devotes a chapter to his wife, Soot, and turns the narrative over to her to speak about the difficulties and rewards of being an athlete's spouse. One of his charms is the ability to poke fun at himself. "What's a .235 hitter like me doing on the Letterman show," he asks, amazed and amused by the attention he has received over the years. Zimmer is refreshingly honest, whether expressing his gratitude for the friendships cultivated in and out of sports or criticizing players and bosses. Given the dirt as he could dish, he is restrained and considerate, which makes for a nicely balanced memoir. Agent, Rob Wilson. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In his second book, Zimmer (Zim: A Baseball Life) offers further affectionate reminiscences of his 55-year career in baseball, ranging from his performance as one of the lesser Boys of Summer in Brooklyn during the 1950s to his role as bench coach for Joe Torre's New York Yankees. With some help from coauthor Madden (award-winng columnist for the New York Daily News and author of Pride of October), Zimmer refers fondly to a series of general managers who backed him during his managerial stints in San Diego, Texas, Boston, and Chicago, but he also cuttingly recounts the purported pettiness and cold-bloodedness of Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. On a more positive note, Zimmer presents the case for the entrance of Jim Rice, Ryne Sandberg, and Andre Dawson into the baseball Hall of Fame. He also lauds the play of all-time performers like Stan Musial and Willie Mays while calling Barry Bonds "a giant (literally) playing among boys" who "has done more to drive managers crazy." But for Zimmer himself, Steinbrenner appears to serve that function, which led to in the coach's voluntary departure from the Yankees after the 2003 World Series. For general libraries.-R.C. Cottrell, California State Univ., Chico Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.