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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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Nick Colletti Rebuilt the Tarnished Dodger Brand

This book is similar to other recent biographies of General Managers and owners of successful, albeit previously underperforming baseball franchises, i.e., Bill Veeck in "Veeck the Wreak" (Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox) Theo Epstien in Destiny (Boston Red Sox), and Theo Smith again in the "Cubs Way."

Likewise, Ned Colletti rebuilt the tarnished Dodgers for nine successful years from 2006 to 2015 during the Joe Torre and Don Mattingly Era. Collette revitalized the Dodger post season brand by bringing Clay Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, Manny Rameriz, Greg Maddox, Zack Grinke and Yasiel Puig to Los Angeles.

As a former sports writer Collette shares his unbelievable journey with the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and LA Dodgers. Three teams and many memorable post season playoffs resulting in appearing in two World Series:

Narrated by Collette himself as he passionately describes his wonderful career beginning in the front office for the 1984 and 1989 Division winning Chicago Cubs. Collette shares his admiration for MVP awardee Andre Dawson in this time period and it was a favorite passage for me.

Then in 1996 he worked as assistant General Manager for the Barry Bond's San Francisco Giants. His HOF views regarding Bonds are fair minded. In 2006, he took over as General Manager of the fabled Los Angeles Dodgers, where he added Mark McGuire as a successful hitting coach.

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good listen!

good book, Chronicles the life of ned in the begining then his career as he gets to the big chair. covers the Frank McCourt ownership and some key players moves/ acquisitions from behind the scenes! for any dodgers fan

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Great baseball story

This is both a great baseball story and a great memoir. There are few parts hard to get through (although if you aren't a Giants, Cubs, or Dodgers fan there might be). Colletti has interesting anecdotes that will pique the interest of baseball lovers and entertain the casual fan. He name drops constantly and has the life experience to fathom both young and old baseball enthusiasts.

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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.

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So nice to see what’s going on behind the scenes

I have always liked to listen what Ned Colletti has to say. His book only made me like him more. Well put together story covering early days right thru to his classy departure from the Dodgers.
A respectful man who loves his family, and tried hard to do the right thing.
I thoroughly recommend this book.