Yankees Call A-Rod 'A-Fraud,' Torre Claims

Ex manager's new tell-all slams Steinbrenner, GM
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2009 7:12 PM CST
New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, left, greets Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Joe Madden before the Yankees season-opening baseball game against the Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York Monday, April...   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Former Yankees skipper Joe Torre takes aim at his old team in a new tell-all, the New York Post reports. In the 477-page book, The Yankee Years, Torre says many Yankees, prima donnas themselves, mock star slugger Alex Rodriguez as “A-Fraud" for being obsessed with Derek Jeter and asking for a personal assistant to run errands.

The second-winningest manager in Yankees history, Torre also complains that general manager Brian Cashman never told execs that Torre wanted a 2-year deal. Instead, he stayed silent in Torre’s final contract meeting with Yankee officials. Another gripe: Team doctors told owner George Steinbrenner about Torre's prostate cancer before telling the skipper himself.