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Tom Verducci urges caution in judging Joe Torre

(Credit: Watchdog)

I had a nice chat with current SI and former Newsday scribe Tom Verducci at the BBWAA dinner Sunday night (see post below), but he informed me he was unable to discuss his book with Joe Torre on the record without me working through the publisher's publicity people.

Basically, TV's take is reflected in his Q&A on SI.com, in which he warns against jumping to conclusions based on early, incomplete characterizations.

That caution seems appropriate after having read this review by the most powerful book reviewer in the United States: The Times' Michiko Kakutani.

I'm hoping now that there aren't any secrets left to tell, the publisher will allow lowly sportswriters such as me and our baseball writers to get our grubby hands on the book.

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