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Baseball Great (Baseball Great #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  1,725 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
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'
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published February 29th 2000)
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Dec 11, 2013 Noah rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because it combined my love of baseball,mystery, and action into one book.The main boy,Josh, is this "baseball great" and his dad was one too. To reach his full potential, Josh's dad makes him play for an intense traveling team instead of his school team that all of his friends play for. Meanwhile, Josh's dad lost his job playing for a minor league team and needs the job with Rocky;s baseball team that his son is playing for. Josh has trouble making friends with his ne ...more
Matt B
Apr 05, 2016 Matt B rated it it was amazing
I like it it keeps you interested one high point to the next.
Anthony B
Nov 21, 2013 Anthony B rated it it was amazing
“Lets go,” the umpire said to Josh.
Josh nodded and stepped up to the plate. He glanced at the loaded bases then at the two outs up on the scoreboard. The pitcher reared back and jerked sideways. His arm whipped around and came Josh’s way. Most people would see it like they’d see a snake flick its tongue, but Josh saw more. The ball left the pitcher’s hand with a perfect spin, a fastball to the outside edge of the plate.
Josh swung big, and connected with a crack.
The ball took off.”
This is only o
Brandon Jones
Sep 22, 2016 Brandon Jones rated it it was amazing
Josh and his friend Benji both love and play baseball. During school ball, Josh's dad picked him up and took him to play for a new team, a U14 in a separate league. After his first practice, seeing his team doesnt like him, he makes the team. He later on goes to there first team and wins, with a walk-off single. At practice the next day, they went to a laser tag place, and met one of the bullies in school, named Bart. Just as he's about to get beaten up, Jones swoops in and saves Josh from a bea ...more
Blake Carpenter
Apr 15, 2015 Blake Carpenter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jackson Jacob Chase
Baseball great is a book about a preteen boy named Josh. Josh is very good at baseball and plays shortstop and is a really good batter. Josh's best friend names are Benji and Jaden Jaden is new to the school and she writes the paper she wrote an article about josh saying ow good he was. There are three conflicts in the story. The 1st one is Josh's dad a first round draft pick for pro ball got cut and he wants josh to go to a team of 14 year olds and hes 12. His friends are not happy with him bec ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Joey rated it liked it
Baseball great is a great story written by Tim Green. The main character is named josh and he is a twelve year old normal kid who is great at baseball. His dad just got done with playing baseball in the minors and just got a job with an elite baseball program with some of the best teams in the country of all ages. Josh tries out and makes the fourteen year old team and his coach is the owner named rocky. He hired joshs dad to put a twelve year old team together and is taking all the players fro ...more
Campbell Matz
In the book "Baseball Great" by Tim Green, the main character Josh is a huge baseball fan and player. He loves the game. His dad (31 years old) played all throughout his childhood but can't make it past the triple a's. Early in the book he got told he is being cut from the team. His dream of making it to the big leagues then transfers down to his son Josh. Josh is forced to quit the school team and try out for a team that is filled with kids only 14 years old while he is only 12 years old. Not ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Omar rated it really liked it
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.

I liked this book because it had hard working players that try to get to the championships. Josh is a very brave man and loves playing baseball. he believes
Mr. Steve
Dec 15, 2010 Mr. Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: committee
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Dec 02, 2014 Nick is currently reading it
In this book there is I kid how was on the middle school baseball team. He was going take this team to be number one but his dad took him to play for other team. He wants to play for the middle team dad will mot let him he goes play for other team. He wants to play for his middle school team. He is in the 7 grade. He is really good at baseball the team he ganna to be playing for has great talent. I didn't like this book. Josh is 7 grade boy he is really good at football. If you liked this book y ...more
Rainier Birco
Jan 21, 2015 Rainier Birco rated it really liked it
I thought this book was good because it kept me reading and reading. Also it kinda showed a moral lesson in this book like "it doesn't matter if youre not good at it matters when youre having fun playing it " because Josh was put on a #1 ranked baseball team and he didnt even want that he wanted to be playing with his friends so he can have fun and enjoy himself, but insteaad his dad of course wanted to see more potential on his son by putting him in a better team. So it doesn't really matter wh ...more
Gregory Gorman
Oct 17, 2016 Gregory Gorman rated it it was amazing

I think this book was a well balanced story with the classic baseball kind of story and the edge of your seat suspense . If you don't enjoy slow pace baseball books then you will definitely enjoy this book.The hole story is about a kid named josh who is welcomed to the town with a article about him title baseball great. Everything is going great until they discover something bad even illegal involving their coach.
Sep 28, 2010 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baseball great is a GREAT book it starts slow and finish strong but i wouldn't recommend it unless you like baseball
Yann Bakala
Sep 28, 2015 Yann Bakala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book was amazing and perfect the supense was perfect tim green chose good words
Cody Mangold
Jan 04, 2017 Cody Mangold rated it really liked it
The book Baseball Great by Tim Green is a great book for many different reasons. I love the book because it's about a kid that plays baseball and he is pretty good at it. His dad was a good baseball player and try's to make sure his kid is going to a good baseball team. This book has some different conflicts and Josh, the main character has to deal with them all. Josh was trying to make a team that his dad wanted him to play for and his dad got a job with the team's coach. This book has a lot of ...more
Matt Mullany
Jan 16, 2017 Matt Mullany rated it it was amazing
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Morgan Brough
Nov 03, 2016 Morgan Brough rated it really liked it
Overall, this book was great. It had an amazing story plot for a sports type book. My favorite part in the book is when the Bully, Bart, tries picking a fight with the main character, Josh, and Josh's teammate, Jones, comes in and saves Josh before Josh can get hurt. My least favorite part was when Josh was forced onto the Titans and he didn't get a say on what he wanted to do. I thought that it was a good book and I can't wait to read the sequel.
baseball great is a good book its kind of about bullying and being a good baseball player his dad is a pro baseball player and plays for red sox and josh is getting big in baseball and the school reporter is writing about josh and saying he is a "medical" to the baseball league.I like this book because I like baseball and I like how one day he wants to be a pro baseball player
Dec 28, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all who like baseball
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Hunter Houser
Jan 15, 2017 Hunter Houser rated it really liked it
This was a great book to read because it had some ups and some downs in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes baseball.
Lennon Done
Dec 16, 2016 Lennon Done rated it it was amazing
An ok baseball story
Brandon Johnson
Dec 20, 2016 Brandon Johnson rated it it was amazing
I like how the book was not just about baseball
Sep 15, 2016 Kyle rated it it was amazing
Kyle Janda
Baseball Great by Tim Green
Baseball Great was a really great book about Josh LeBlanc. In this book Josh is one of the greatest middle school baseball player. The plot of the book is about Joshua and how his dad makes him join a baseball travel team instead of playing for his school team. Everybody at his school is shocked when they find out he isn't going to be in the middle school team because he was the best player on the team. Josh is now playing with high schoolers while he is onl
Jun 24, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
As a sports fan, I always look for fiction involving sports. So when I happened across this book I thought I’d give it a shot.

Well, what can I say? The first thing I suppose I can mention is that I managed to guess certain parts of the plot about three-fourths of the way through. Although I will follow that up by saying that I was right and yet I was wrong. Which I found vastly entertaining and laughed at myself for thinking I was a darn know-it-all! *lol*

This was a great book. Normally I don’t
Ellis Luckey
Feb 05, 2011 Ellis Luckey rated it liked it
Main character: Josh Leblanc, Jaden Neidermeyer, Benji Lido,and Joshs Dad Josh Leblanc ia a teenage baseball player who got sign up for the game.

Its sets when he was riding the bus from school and he feel bad what happend to him. After Josh got off the bus yesterday he bumped into Bart again. He saw him talking to his girlfriend Sheila at lunch Bart force Josh to fight him. But Josh wouldnt he josh keep walking backward until mom shows up taking out the garbage and says "Whats going on". Josh wa
Jun 03, 2015 Josh added it

A Review of Football Hero by Tim Green
What would you do if you were going to have to save your brother from getting badly hurt? Well, this is just one crazy thing that happens to Ty Lewis in the novel Football Hero by Tim Green. Ty Lewis is living with his Uncle Gus, Aunt Virginia, and cousin Charlotte because of his parent's death and his brother getting ready for football season. Although Ty's brother is on the New York Jets, his life isn't too great. If readers of this book understand footba
Tyler Barnes
Sep 11, 2011 Tyler Barnes rated it it was amazing
Josh is a pretty normal kid. His mom stays at home, but his dad is a totally different story. He was drafted to play in the M.L.B. That didn't happen so much. An injury stopped him from playing there so he got stuck in the minors. Josh, naturally, is in love with baseball, and he is always getting helpful hints from his wannabe-be-majors dad.

Time rolls around for baseball tryouts and Josh wants to play for his school. He's going to easily make the team when his just-cut dad drives up and takes h
Dec 18, 2016 Cathy rated it it was amazing
An awesome book that shows the stress a child goes through when a parent pushes too hard in a sport - taking away the fun of the sport. The MC has to make an important decision when he realizes that the new coach is pushing steroids on the kids. He makes the right decision and the parent does too! Great book to read with a parent - great discussions to follow!
Alyssa Calhoun
Josh is a 12 year old who is excited for baseball season to be starting. His middle school team is planning to have an awesome season. However, on one of the first days of practice, his dad comes and tells him that he won't be playing for his middle school team. His dad was a first round draft pick to play in the Majors, but an injury kept him in the minors for his entire career, which just ended. His dad doesn't want what happened to him to happen to Josh, because Josh has the potential to be a ...more
Gary Anderson
Jun 06, 2015 Gary Anderson rated it it was ok
Baseball Great came on my radar when it was announced as the required all-school summer reading selection for our district’s two middle schools.

The wheels start to come off early in Tim Green’s book when it presents a 31-year old minor league pitcher at the AAA level in the Toronto Blue Jays system. That didn’t sound right, so I checked into it. A 31-year old pitcher might be hanging around in an independent league somewhere, but no major league farm team has had a pitcher that old on a AAA ros
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