Jalen DeLuca loves baseball. But he’s more than just a fan and a talented player; Jalen is a baseball genius. He can analyze and predict almost exactly what a pitcher is going to do with his next pitch. His unique ability helped him save the career of the Yankees’s star baseman, James “JY” Yager, by signaling the pitches from the stands.
Now turning his focus to his own baseball career, Jalen has to put his genius into action in new and untested ways. But without the stats and information he has on the pro players, analyzing the pitchers seems impossible. And even if he knows what the pitch will be, actually hitting it takes more than intuition.
As if the pressure of the team and drama with his friends weren’t enough, one major event changes everything—Jalen’s mom comes back into his life. Can Jalen work through it all to hit a grand slam and make his baseball dreams a reality?
Jalen DeLuca and his hero New York Yankee James “JY” Yager must team up to prove themselves in this sequel to Tim Green and Derek Jeter’s New York Times bestselling novel, Baseball Genius.
Jalen DeLuca loves baseball. He’s playing for his summer travel team and trying to win a regular spot in the rotation. But Jalen’s got more then talent on the field. He’s a baseball genius who can analyze and predict almost exactly what any pitcher is going to do with his next pitch. He can’t quite explain how he knows, he just does. His unique ability helped him to save the career of New York Yankee star baseman, James “JY” Yager, and now Jalen figures he’ll be almost part of the team. Or will he?
After a power struggle with the Yankees GM and a failed negotiation with Cat, JY strikes out on his own to show he can still hit in the majors without the help of Jalen’s baseball genius. Disappointed, but focused on his own baseball career, Jalen tries to carve out his own spot with the Rockton Rockets.
When things go wrong for both of them, JY works out a deal with Cat, bringing the pair together again. With JY’s help, Jalen and Daniel are able to join a travel team from a nearby rival town who will face off against the Rockets in the championship game of an elite tournament in Boston. With the pressure mounting for JY to perform at the Green Monster and Jalen intent on paying back his former team, they’ll have to pull off the ultimate double play if they’re both going to succeed.
Jalen DeLuca loves baseball, but there’s no way he can pay the fee to get on the travel team. His dad runs a diner and makes enough to cover the bills, but not a lot for extras. So Jalen decides to sneak into the grounds of a home owned by Yankee’s star second baseman, James “JY” Yager, and steal a couple of balls from the batting cage on the property. If he sells them, he’ll have enough to keep himself on the team. But Jalen’s scheme goes wrong. He’s caught in the act and barely gets away.
However the next time Jalen meets Yager, he’s not so lucky. Yager’s going to tell Jalen’s father exactly what happened, but then Jalen learns thatYager’s career is about to be over unless he can get his batting average up. That’s when Jalen gets a new idea and reveals his hidden talent: He’s a baseball genius. He can analyze and predict exactly what a pitcher is going to do with his next pitch. He can’t explain how he knows, he just knows. After proving to Yager that he really can do it—using a televised game and predicting pitch after pitch with perfect accuracy—the two hatch a scheme. Jalen will help Yager out of his batting slump and Yager won’t press charges.
However, the team’s GM has his own agenda, and Jalen’s going to need his friends and his baseball genius to save not only Yager’s career, but his own good name.
Josh’s life has just fallen apart. His father won’t be coaching the travel baseball team. Instead, he is moving from the family’s Syracuse home to Florida, forcing Josh to leave not only his mom and baby sister, but his two best friends, Jaden and Benji. But when Josh learns that his mom is going to lose their house, things go from bad to worse.
Josh comes back to Syracuse only to find himself in a small apartment on the wrong side of the town. And even though Josh is still able to play on the travel baseball team, the new coach is a drill sergeant, pushing Josh and Benji to the brink. Josh is in a bad way, and feels there is no way out. But then Benji tells him about a home-run derby where the winner gets a brand-new house. All Josh has to do is hit twenty home runs to qualify.
With Benji and Jaden’s help, Josh is hoping to hit it out of the park and save his family, because if he strikes out, he just may lose everything.
New York Times bestselling author Tim Green gives readers another home run hit full of sports action and drama with this brand-new tale, the next book in the bestselling Baseball Great series.
It’s always been just Ryder and his mom—ever since Ryder can remember. And they make a strong pair, relying on each other through thick and thin. But one day, on the way home from Ryder’s baseball team practice, everything changes.
Fast-forward hours later, and Ryder’s mom is in the hospital fighting for her life. She’s been hit by a truck while trying to cross the street, and Ryder knows it’s all his fault. If he hadn’t pulled away from her at that moment, his mom would never have stumbled into the street. So when the doctor’s diagnosis comes and Ryder learns that his mom will need an expensive operation to survive, his world stops completely.
He is now utterly alone, but he knows what he has to do.
He finds in his mother’s closet a letter and a baseball signed by a Major League Baseball player. After what his mother has told him about this ball, he’s sure the ball contains his father’s signature. With this clue, and the help of his next-door neighbor and a New York City firefighter, Ryder goes on the search of his life, to find his father and get the support he needs to save his mom. But will everything fall into place in time to save her, or will Ryder become a lost boy forever?
New York Times bestselling author Tim Green knocks this one out of the park, combining heart and baseball to create a story that readers will never forget.