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Rivals (Baseball Great #2)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,141 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Cooperstown! Josh is thrilled when all his hard training pays off in a big way and his team, the Titans, makes it to a national tournament in Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. More is on the line for Josh than just a trophy. Winning would mean everything to his dad—now Josh's coach. Winning could mean a major endorsement deal for the Titans and the a ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published 2010)
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Frank DelPonte
Sep 23, 2016 Frank DelPonte rated it it was amazing
Josh LeBlanc, a twelve-year-old baseball powerhouse from Tim Green’s, Baseball Great, re-emerges in a sequel which again displays Josh’s incredible athletic prowess and a life-altering decision that will change your perception of Josh forever. Rivals by Tim Green will continue the story of Josh and include many twists and turns on Josh’s way to the tournament at Cooperstown, NY. After having suffered a vision-threatening hit by pitch, Josh needs to decide between staying away from baseball to le ...more
Rj Matney
Apr 04, 2014 Rj Matney rated it it was amazing
The book "Rivals" by Tim Green, is a great book. "Narration filled with crisp dialogue brings immediacy to Josh's painful practice sessions, the excitement of his games, and his confusion at the flux of middle-school dynamics," says Kirkus Reviews.
Josh is a nearly six foot tall middle-schooler who is a baseball star. The Syracuse Titans are competing for a spot in the "Cooperstown Hall of Fame Tournament" against the Toledo Nighthawks. The pitcher for Toledo can throw a seventy-five mile per h
Karen Ball
Feb 13, 2011 Karen Ball rated it liked it
Josh LeBlanc is back, and he's playing to win, even after getting hit in the head with an intentional beanball and having to have eye surgery. His team makes it into the Hall of Fame Championships tournament, and Josh discovers that a former major league player is doing everything he can to ensure that his son's California team wins it all... everything including paying off the head umpire who is absolutely NOT interested in fairness on or off the field. Josh has a couple daring escapes from th ...more
Rainier Birco
Jan 06, 2015 Rainier Birco rated it really liked it
What I liked about this book was that the author made Josh's rivals both on and off the field like what he's battling off the field is that this guy is paying a referee to call bad calls on the field to make this all-star player by the name of Mickey Mullen Jr. win the tournament. What he's battling on the field is his injury that his eye has been critical damaged and has been told by his physician or doctor is that he can't play for 3 weeks which is the day of their tournament so he has to wear ...more
Morgan Brough
Sep 22, 2016 Morgan Brough rated it really liked it
Rivals by Tim Green had a very good plot. What I liked about it was that the author, Tim Green, was that he had Josh's rivals on and off the field. An interesting thing about the story is Josh's battle on the field and his critical injury. It was funny to me when his rival's were caught cheating on the field. This book was very different from what I have read before and it is very addictive.
Daniel Campbell
Aug 01, 2014 Daniel Campbell rated it it was amazing
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Michael Snipp
Oct 24, 2012 Michael Snipp rated it it was amazing
The book rivals by Tim green is a great book. I recommend this book to people who love sports especially baseball. this book is mainly about baseball and going to this big tournament called Cooperstown.
This book is based on three kids and how they want to live their dream on becoming a professional baseball player. They play on one of the best teams. on their game to goto cooperstown they have to play the best team in the country and the have a pitcher who throws fast. the pitcher for the other
Sep 10, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing
The book Rivals by Tim Green is a great book. Josh the (main character in the story) is a twelve year old boy who loves baseball. He has a tournament in Cooperstown with his team. Josh got a dirty pitch thrown at him and he has to take a break from baseball. Throughout Josh’s time watching from the sidelines he notices some suspicious activity. At Cooperstown Josh has more to worry about than winning.

Rivals has many twist and turns to make keep you wanting to read more. The book doesn’t have bor
Tyler O
Josh the main character is thrilled because his team the Syracuse, Titans made it to the national tournament in Cooperstown. The home of the national baseball Hall of Fame. Winning the tournament would mean the world to his dad who was recently got laid of by his minor league baseball team and now is coaching his team.Winning could mean major endorsement deal for the Titans.But a dirty play and a brutal injury sidelined Josh.But even with the pain Josh spies suspicious tournament activity.Will J ...more
Kylee Copeland
Nov 05, 2014 Kylee Copeland rated it it was amazing
This book was called Rivals by Tim Green. It was and about a boy named Josh who plays baseball for the Titans. He is 12 years old and is playing in a big tournament in Cooperstown. Josh get hit in the face with a 75 mph fastball and is out for 3 weeks until the big tournament starts.He hears that Mickey Mullen junior is playing in the tournament. Mickey Mullen Junior is the son of a famous baseball player named Mickey Mullen. Josh and his team make it to the championship game in Cooperstown. Jos ...more
Om Manghani
Jun 15, 2015 Om Manghani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nice book- one of my favorite comfort books that just hooks me in, and never lets me go. I guess my love for sports must add to how much the book sucks me is, but it is still really good.

I enjoyed how real the characters were- and how much like children they were. Even when Josh and his friends made it to the biggest baseball game that they have ever played- they still acted very down to Earth and like many people their age would. I have a feeling Tim Green has played sports, because his descri
Lee Hammond
Oct 03, 2014 Lee Hammond rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book for people from the age of 10 and up. This is a really good starting book. Now while you think this book is a starting book it's gonna be boring. No this is one of those starting books that can be interesting through the whole book. The main character Josh and his team the Titans try to compete at the biggest level of his little league career. His team are on their way to the Cooperstown Tournament, to compete for more than just the Tournament.
Devan Dietsch
Oct 19, 2015 Devan Dietsch rated it really liked it
This a great sequel that adds even more anxiety and action. When Josh's team reaches the tournament they realize something is weird with the umpire and his calls. They realize something isn't right with Mickey and Mickey Jr. Josh will do anything for his team to win the tournament he worked super hard to get to. Read the book to find out the rest and what he does to save himself and his teams future.
Gabe Latog
Jan 28, 2015 Gabe Latog rated it really liked it
Rivals by Tim Green is a really good book. What I liked about it was that the author, Tim Green, was able to incorporate Josh's rivals on and off the field. An interesting thing about the story is Josh's battle on the field and his critical injury. But most importantly , I liked how his rival was caught cheating on the field. All in all this book is really likely to keep you reading consistently.
Ethan Fritch
Feb 16, 2016 Ethan Fritch rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite baseball based book I have ever read. It describes the life of and ordinary boy who gets the opportunity of a life time to play in the little league world series. I give this book a 10/10 no doubt.
Mar 05, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Rivals is a really great book! You should read it because u will have fun reading it. Im pretty sure ones u read the book half way you'll get more interested in it.
Oct 17, 2014 Jackson rated it it was amazing
I give this book a 5 because it was really exciting reading about the baseball games. I also enjoyed the side story of this book because it added a little suspense
Maverik Mollenkopf
Mar 06, 2017 Maverik Mollenkopf rated it it was amazing
Rivals is a great book for sport-lovers. This has a great sports plot but the off-the-field plot is just as great. Josh is faced with many challenges that he must work through. You have to read to figure out the resolution. Get to reading!
Nov 04, 2016 Monoskoonkiana rated it really liked it
This book is a pretty good book, but it's almost an exact mirror of the first book. Josh plays baseball, he has to fight through something, there are corrupt people in power, and Josh, Jaden, and Benji have to stop it. If I didn't know that this book was the second book in the series and just read it first, it would be a great book. This series is a lot like the Home Team series by Mike Lupica, the second book was good, but was an exact mirror of the first.

The story starts mid-tournament, it d
Jacob Aldape
May 16, 2016 Jacob Aldape rated it really liked it
The book I’m reading is called “Rivals” by Tim Green, and i have to say it's a really great book following up by the first book written “Baseball Greats”, because it’s about a boy named Josh who is [of course] in baseball and trying to get him and his team to the championship, but to get there, josh and his team has to go through many obstacles.

Rivals also gives many morals and new challenges, for example: one moral is that not to give up on your dream and keep moving forward to achieve it.
This was too similar to John Feinstein's sports mystery series but with less likeable characters. I wasn't terribly interested in this story, but liked that I can use it in sports and mystery genres to booktalk.
Cameron Furbeck
Feb 12, 2014 Cameron Furbeck rated it it was amazing
Rival Review
The book I chose is Rivals by Tim Green. This book is a sports fans perfect book. It was well written. I would read this book over and over again and would still be an amazing book. This book is about a kid named Josh, and he is on the way to the National Hall of Fame Tournament Championship game.
In the book, the author is narrating the book. The main characters are Josh, the baseball slugger. Benji, Josh's best friend. Jaden, a reporter writing about Josh. In the beginning, they
Alex Klosterman
Feb 10, 2016 Alex Klosterman rated it it was amazing
I gave Rivals by Time Green a five out of five star rating, because this book was a amazing book. The book just kept you wanting to read more and more, and at times only want to keep reading. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, because I am not a big baseball fan. I thought I would give it a try. I am very glad that I gave this book a try.

I would recommended this book, because this was one of the top books I have read. The age level of the book would be a middle school age person. Al
Steve  ODonnell
Mar 31, 2015 Steve ODonnell rated it it was amazing
Josh isn't just your average baseball player. Every since he was young he had been bigger than most of the other boys this age, giving him a slight advantage. He plays on the Syracuse Titans traveling team coached by his father. In the past they have been very successful winning multiple national titles. His two best friends are a part of the team with Josh, Benji playing the outfield he calls him self the team's "heavy hitter" and Jaden who doesn't play on the team but instead she acts as the t ...more
Cayden Veland
Mar 28, 2014 Cayden Veland rated it it was amazing
how did you pick this book? I saw it on the self and it looked good because its about baseball and I like baseball.

Setting: The story takes place in modern time down in Cooperstown

Conflict: The main Character is facing External conflict because in one of his baseball games he gets hit by a beam ball (a pitch that is thrown at your head on purpose) that hits him right above the eye and to keep playing to go to Cooperstown he will have to have a scar.

Characterization: The Character is dynamic beca
Oct 16, 2014 Vdelv11 rated it it was amazing
The book “Rivals” by Tim Green is a great book for anyone who like sports or adventure books. This is a realistic fiction book about a boy named Josh and his two friends Benji and Jaden. Josh, who is the best player on his team and his best friend Benji, who is slightly less athletic are on a baseball team that is coached by Josh’s dad. Jaden is a girl who is a writer for Benji and Josh's team, but secretly has a crush on Mickey Mullen, who is the best player on their teams rival. They live in a ...more
Darek Khabani
Jan 23, 2017 Darek Khabani rated it really liked it
Josh’s dad has recently been laid off by the major leagues, and is now coaching Josh’s baseball team, The Titans. Josh’s team has the opportunity to go to Cooperstown to play in the Hall of Fame Tournament game. Josh is really competitive and really wants this win for his dad for how much it will mean to him. The L.A. Comets are the rival team to Josh’s team and play dirty baseball. Josh had noticed it after he is struck by a dirty player in one of their earlier games. Before they play them agai ...more
Carson Tomony
Sep 07, 2016 Carson Tomony rated it it was amazing
This book is about a fierce rivalry between Josh, the son of a semi-pro player who lives in a little old house, and the son of a professional baseball star who was born into wealth. Troy is eager to prove to the world that his skills are superior, regardless of the price tag on his clothes. This book is also full of comedy, friendships, and a little bit of romance as well. It is a very exciting read that proves to be a real page-turner from the start. It's an epic sports mystery that will keep y ...more
Ryan Pittore
Dec 03, 2013 Ryan Pittore rated it really liked it
This story is about Josh and his two friends, Benji and Jayden, who figure our that the baseball tournament that they are in has referees that are paid for another team to win. This book is very exciting and also very realistic. It talks about Josh's family at home with two divorced parents and Josh feels partly responsible for it. Josh feels they split up because Josh's dad was pushing Josh really hard to make it to the MLB. His mom on the other hand, wanted josh just to have fun and that they ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Maxm rated it really liked it
The main idea of this book is Josh (main character) plays baseball with his friend Benji on a team. Josh loves baseball and wants to be in the MLB one day. Josh and Benji travel to a different state to start their baseball tournament. They win all their games and make the championship game. They go into the game as the underdogs, but that's not how Josh sees them.

Overall I liked this book, and it was very interesting. My favorite part was when Benji hit a home run in the championship game to h
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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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