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An unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the career of famed former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager (a position also known as "The Big Chair"), whose tenure spanned nine of the most exciting and turbulent years in the franchise's history.

During his tenure with the Dodgers, Colletti had the highest winning percentage of any general manager in the National League. In The Big Chair (coauthored by Joseph A. Reaves), he lets listeners in on the real GM experience - something no one in the position has ever done before - sharing the inner workings of three of the top franchises in the sport, revealing the out-of-the-headlines machinations behind the trades, the hires and the deals; how the money really works; how the decision making really works; how much power the players really have and why - the real brass tacks of some of the most pivotal decisions made in baseball history that led to great success along with heartbreak and failure on the field. Baseball fans will come for the grit and insight, stay for the heart, and pass it on for the wisdom.

Ned Colletti began his MLB career with his beloved hometown team, the Chicago Cubs, more than 35 years ago. He worked in Chicago for a dozen years and was in the front office when the Cubs won the National League East in 1984 and 1989, after which he moved on as director of baseball operations for the SF Giants. By 1996 he became the assistant GM for the Giants before being hired as the GM in Los Angeles in 2006. There he oversaw the Dodgers through the highly publicized and acrimonious divorce battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt that culminated in the equally highly publicized sale of the team. He was present at the press conference where Don Mattingly, having just watched his team eliminated from the playoffs, used the postseason conference to vehemently discuss his lack of a contract extension. He brought marquee names like Greg Maddux and Clayton Kershaw to LA as well as marquee drama with the likes of Manny Ramirez and Yasiel Puig; hired future Hall of Famer Joe Torre as manager; and oversaw 14 Dodgers playoff wins. And these are just a few of the highlights.

Colletti serves up a huge dish of firsthand experiences with some of the biggest names in baseball history (Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, Don Mattingly, Don Zimmer, Tommy Lasorda, Scott Boras, Vin Scully, and more). From his humble early years living in a Chicago garage to his path to one of the most prestigious positions in professional sports, his very public and illustrious career has left a permanent handprint in the history of America's sport - and now he's ready to share the insight only those who have sat in The Big Chair have ever seen.

©2017 Ned Colletti (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Insight into the Big chair.

Really enjoyable story telling on all aspects of baseball. Enjoy hearing it straight from Ned himself. Great great listen.

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If you love the inner workings of baseball...

Terrific book about a life in baseball not spent on the diamond. Great stories narrated by the author. Highly recommended!

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Insightful memoir from the heart

As a Dodger fan I was curious to see the behind the stages stories of the Colletti era. The book has plenty of that, with insights into what happens in the baseball front office. I was also delighted by the personal story of Colletti and how he didn't walk away from admiring the hated team up North or the Cubs, recent foes to the Dodgers. I came to appreciate all these as part of who Colletti is, where his passion comes from and understand above all he is a professional front office competitor who just because of that doesn't lose the love for his home team.