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Baseball Great (Baseball Great #1)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,516 Ratings  ·  155 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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
Feb 17, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing

Baseballs Great Tim green
This book is a fiction book but it seems realistic. I think the genre for this book would be realistic fiction and mystery. I choose to read this book because i like this author because he writes about sports and this one was about baseball.

The book it about a boy whose father was playing for a triple 1CA 1D minor league team and just got kicked off the team. The main character,Josh loves baseball and when the move to this new school (because if his father's job) And tr
Adam Gutschow
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
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
Emmanuel Moran
Baseball Great by Tim Green is the book I have currently been reading. Josh is a kid who has tremendous talent to be seen by many. He's a baseball player who seems to have a lot of talent and potential in him. He is playing a his school in which one of his friends Jaden the school news reporter has seen him play and knows that Josh is so good he can really carry his team on his back as many superstars “pros” do. His dad has moved him schools which means he's now playing for a different team and ...more
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
Alexis Maldonado
Oct 14, 2014 Alexis Maldonado rated it really liked it
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Yann Bakala
Oct 15, 2015 Yann Bakala rated it it was amazing
are you into baseball and love reading this realistic fiction genre is perfect for you. the main point of the book is to not cheat and don't do drugs.

The story takes place in mount olympus Baseball stadium and in the main character's home.The story is about 12 year old josh Leblanc who is said to be a "baseball great" josh's father a first round pick out of high school pulls josh out of school tryouts and brings him to mount olympus Baseball stadium where josh's father is signing him up for the
Feb 24, 2016 Hank rated it it was amazing
The book I read is called "Baseball Great" by Tim Green. The genre of this book is Science fiction, I know it's science fiction because it could happen but the characters aren't real. The setting is a high school and normally a baseball field. The main characters are Josh, Josh's father, Bart, Benji, a tenth grade smoker, and a girl named Jaden. This book is about a ninth grade boy who shows off his amazing talent in baseball. He can throw hard and switch hit, but there is a tenth grade boy who ...more
Drake Hanson
Jan 15, 2016 Drake Hanson rated it it was amazing
i Gave this book a 5-5 because it has a lot of action in this book. My favorite character is Josh, he is a awesome baseball player with parents who are divorced and finds a way to better his family. In this book I learned that you can never give up and if you do, it will just get worse and worse for you. I also learned even though you dont like someone, you cant just hate them you have to try to be their friend and if they need help, then help them. I chose this book because I love baseball and ...more
May 14, 2015 Brock added it
Baseball Great is realistic Fiction and has 250 pages. Written by Tim Green and is one of the top sellers. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action-packed books. SUMMARY BELOW PICTURE.


Josh has never lived anywhere for over two years. They decide to move again and Josh is just getting settled. His dad asks Josh if he wants to be on the school baseball team. Josh agrees. He practices with them for about two weeks. Then his father pulls him out of practice one day and takes hi
Dec 09, 2015 Sean rated it really liked it
This was a very fun and accessible book! I have not read many "sports" books because I didn't think I would enjoy them very much. I always feared that they would be too focused in the minutia of the game and that I would be left behind scratching my head and wondering what exactly happened. This book was written to be enjoyed by anyone. The themes in the book go beyond just "sports" and focus on what it is like to build lasting friendships, deal with issues at home, and weight even our own paren ...more
4Hannah H
Baseball Great by Tim Green is a outstanding book about a 12 year old boy with a dream. His dream is to follow in his dads foot steps and become a "baseball great". Josh's dad is an amazing baseball pitcher "Josh's father threw for the Syracuse Chiefs, Toronto's Triple-A team." His dad was one of the first to be drafted and never made it out of the minors. "you can't go up, and you can't go back down." This quote symbolizes how Josh's dad was done playing completely. Going further in the book Jo ...more
Abe Seldowitz
Jan 01, 2014 Abe Seldowitz rated it liked it
The realistic fiction book Baseball great by Tim Green is all about a boy named Josh who is thirteen years of age. His father plays triple A baseball in the minor leagues. However, one day he finds out that his father got cut from the team. Josh is on his school baseball team, he is a very talented player. His dad then pull him out of that team to play with higher skilled players rather than just the school team, so he gets placed on the Titants, a travel baseball team. This all prepares him for ...more
Joy Kirr
Mar 28, 2015 Joy Kirr rated it it was ok
One of our department heads suggested this as our summer read. First thought - why am I reading about a bully who is in high school and who smokes? Next, I noticed it’s not about him, but about a twelve-year old. This one is very predictable. It’s got a couple of characters I could do without (the bully & his supposed 8th grade girlfriend), and a character for comic relief, but we each plot element led me to know what would happen next, and I like good writing that surprises me. Obviously Ti ...more
Cody Killian
I personally really like this book because it connects my love to the game about a character like josh. Josh feels like he's starting to make it big in the game of baseball Jaden, the school reporter, says he's going to take the baseball team to number one spot. Then his dad pulls him off the field and signs him up with Coach Rocky Valentine's youth championship team, the Titans. the coach says Josh has what it takes to be a great baseball player when he is older. Baseball is all about hard work ...more
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
Ryan R
Mar 03, 2016 Ryan R rated it liked it
Baseball Great by Tim Green is a pretty good book. It is about the life of a kid named Josh. Josh is a great baseball player, and is on a not so good team. His dad takes him off the team and puts him on a great team, the Titans. The team is mainly made up of kids a couple years older than Josh. The coach gives the team shakes and other supplements for when they work out, and Josh soon finds out that what he is giving the players are actually steroids. Josh doesn’t know what to do as his team, an ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Ryan added it
Shelves: rikki-tiki-tavi
My own opinion on this book that I read is very good because this book was very suspensful and that there was a lot of shocks in this book and so what this book shows is this kid named Jim is a very good baseball player and is top 10 in the state but another kid bullies him and tries to say that he is not good but in the end they have a game and compete with eachother and in the end jim wins. The main reason why I love this book so much is because what I got out of it was that there are many peo ...more
Michael Fehr
Mar 17, 2016 Michael Fehr rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book as it had to deal with honesty, modesty, and friendship. When Josh's dad loses his job as starting pitcher for a minor league team he must find a new job. Josh is a very talented athlete set to fill the shoes his dad has left for him. When Josh becomes part of the school baseball team his hopes to be a star are high. His father however has other ideas as he has Josh try out for a bigger baseball team that is supposed to give him an advantage. The baseball team however ...more
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Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times bestselling The Dark Side of the Game and a dozen suspense novels, including Exact Revenge and Kingdom Come. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round NFL draft pick. He later earned his law deg ...more
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