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?
Danny Owens is football royalty in his small Texas town. And he’s dedicating his seventh-grade season to his Super Bowl–champion father, who recently passed away. Danny promises everyone that, just like his dad, he’ll dominate the big game at the end of the season and earn a spot on the high school varsity team.
Then his English teacher catches him cheating on a test. Despite everyone’s protests, she is not going to let Danny get away with it. And even though Danny is given another opportunity to take the test, he knows it won’t matter, for he’s been carrying a secret with him for a long time now. He can’t read.
If Danny can’t pass his class, he won’t be eligible to play in the big championship game that could unlock his future. While his resentment rises against the one person willing to help him win off the field, the pressure to succeed begins to weigh heavily on Danny’s shoulders. Danny knows he’s being tested on every level, and to pass, he may very well have to choose a different path from his father’s.
In another action-packed and inspiring story, New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green encourages readers to fight for their dreams but to live up to their own great expectations.
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.
Cory and his best friend, Liam, have always loved football. Even though they live in a rough neighborhood, where opportunities don’t come very often, their passion for the game has carried them through. So when Liam is offered a scholarship to HBS, an elite private school, to play football, Cory couldn’t be happier for him.
But then a tragic injury on the field knocks Liam out of the game—and out of the HBS football family. The HBS coach still needs a player, and when Cory takes over at Liam’s spot, he rips off several impressive touchdowns. It’s the chance of a lifetime when Cory is offered Liam’s scholarship—and the nickname Touchdown Kid. Cory knows football could be his ticket out, but he soon discovers he will need to do more than play the game—he’ll have to fit in in a world where most people look at him and just see a scholarship kid from the wrong side of town. Cory knows that if he can fight hard enough, both on and off the field, he may just be able to build a future that looks very different from his past. But will he be able to maintain his Touchdown Kid status, or will it all fall apart just short of the endzone?
In another action-packed and heartfelt story, New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green explores the opportunities given by playing football and having a “football family” at your back, which can equal the playing field for any kid, as long as they have the skills to compete.
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.