Baseball Great by Tim Green

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Josh feels like he's starting to make it big! Jaden, the school reporter, says he's going to take the baseball team to number one. Then his dad pulls him off the field and signs him up with Coach Rocky Valentine's youth championship team, the Titans. He says Josh has what it takes to be a baseball great—and the Titans will help him get there.

Now Josh is gulping down Rocky's "Super Stax" milkshakes to build muscle and trying to fit in with his new teammates—older, tougher kids who can suddenly become violent. All Josh really wants to do is play ball, but as he gets in deeper with the Titans, there are questions he's just got to ask. As Josh and his new friend Jaden investigate their suspicions, they find themselves in a dangerous struggle with a desperate man who doesn't want them to expose the nasty secrets they uncover.

Pulsing with action, baseball great offers a baseball story attuned to today's headlines, a totally involving, character-driven, sports-centered thriller.


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
Published March 11, 2009 by HarperCollins. 260 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Josh is a hugely talented player who loves baseball and is destined for greatness.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!One minute you’re riding on the shoulders of your teammates after a great victory, and the next your eye has swollen shut from a dirty play during the championship game and threatens to keep you from playing baseball.

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Common Sense Media

Josh is a major talent who also works harder than anyone else, and the story of his triumphs is like a realistic wish-fulfillment fantasy, a down-to-earth superhero story.

Mar 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Baseball Great


But he has an important game to play on the team possibly headed to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and keeping his focus on the game is questionable.Josh again gets the help of his best pals, Jaden Neidermeyer and Benji Lido, in playing baseball and finding a way to...

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Mr. LeBlanc goes to work for a championship boy’s baseball team as a salesperson and takes his son off the school team to play for the hardworking, semi-pro-like junior base running boys.Rocky Valentine, the Titans owner and coach, allows Josh to try out for his U14 club.

Mar 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Baseball Great

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