Baseball Genius by Tim Green
(Jeter Publishing)

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The tale offers plenty of sports action as it scrambles from base to base past sudden obstacles and personal challenges. A bunt at best, but Green’s a good enough storyteller to keep readers in the game.
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An average kid with an above average talent for predicting baseball pitches tries to help his favorite player out of a slump in this entertaining novel from bestselling authors Tim Green and Derek Jeter.

Jalen DeLuca loves baseball. Unfortunately his dad can’t afford to keep him on the travel team. His dad runs a diner and makes enough to cover the bills, but there isn’t enough to cover any extras. So Jalen decides to take matters into his own hands and he sneaks into the home of the New York Yankee’s star second baseman, James Yager, and steals a couple of balls from his personal batting cage. He knows that if he can sell them, he’ll be able to keep himself on the team.

But like the best-laid plans—or in this case the worst!—Jalen’s scheme goes wrong when Yager catches him. But Jalen has a secret: his baseball genius. He can analyze and predict almost exactly what a pitcher is going to do with his next pitch. He can’t quite explain how he knows, he just knows. And after proving to Yager that he really can do this, using a televised game and predicting pitch after pitch with perfect accuracy, the two agree to a deal. Jalen will help Yager out of his batting slump and Yager won’t press charges.

However, when he begins to suspect that the team’s general manager has his own agenda, Jalen’s going to need his friends and his unusual baseball talent to save not only Yager’s career, but his own good name.
 

About Tim Green

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Tim Green played Little League baseball for many years before specializing in football in order to become an NFL player. But his love for baseball lived on, inspiring him to coach his own sons' baseball teams years later. After graduating as covaledictorian from Syracuse University, Tim was a first-round NFL draft pick and played as a star linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He then earned his law degree with honors and has also worked as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports and an NFL commentator for NPR as well as cohosting ABC Network's reality show Find My Family. Tim is the author of the New York Times bestseller Football Genius and subsequent football books Football Hero, Football Champ, and Deep Zone as well as the New York Times bestsellers Baseball Great and Best of the Best and another baseball book, Rivals. He lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York. You can visit him online at www.timgreenbooks.com.
 
Published March 7, 2017 by Aladdin. 352 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.
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Below average
on Dec 06 2016

The tale offers plenty of sports action as it scrambles from base to base past sudden obstacles and personal challenges. A bunt at best, but Green’s a good enough storyteller to keep readers in the game.

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