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The Batboy

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,732 ratings  ·  170 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica comes the story of baseball's unsung hero: The Batboy

It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year- old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Ye...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Philomel (first published November 9th 2009)
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Benjamin Issroff
The Batboy was a bit of a disappointment coming from such a talented knowledgable writer such as Mike Lupica. This fluke lacked a strong plot, however, it was easy to relate to the characters in the novel. Mike Lupica's generally strong literary works stand high above this catastrophe. A younger audience may be able to better appreciate the book's simplistic nature.
I've wondered for some time now if a novel with a deeply configured sports theme could possibly come away with a Newbery prize in today's culture of literature for young readers. I'm not talking about books like Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy or Maniac Magee, both Newbery designees that featured sports as incidental to the plot; what I have in mind are books that truly revolve around a sports theme, ones in which the plot is built on the foundation of a sport or sports. Perhaps the close...more
Marco Moy
The batboy is about a boy named Brian Dudley who gets a summer job as the batboy for the Detroit Tigers. Brian Dudley also plays travel baseball for his local team, "The Sting." Brian's father was named Cole Dudley and was a relief pitcher in the major leagues for 13 years. Brian's father left the family without warning to be a pitching coach in Japan, leaving Brian to live with his mother. Brian got the job as batboy after sending a letter to the clubhouse manager of the Tigers, "Jim Shneckel."...more
The Batboy by Mike Lupica

The Batboy by Mike Lupica is about a 14 year old kid named Brian Dudley who has a dream of being Batboy for his hometown team the Detroit Tigers. Brian’s dream of being the Batboy comes true when he is chosen by the Tigers front office for the job. Brian loves and thoroughly enjoys baseball but most of all enjoyed his father who left him and his mom. Brian’s father who is a retired major league pitcher left the family a while ago but what makes it hard on Brian is the f...more
The book Batboy is an interesting story told from the point of view of the baseball announcer and the main character, Brian. The story includes a lot of action taking place on the baseball field. It is a story of following your dreams and never giving up.
The main character is Brian Dudley. His dream in the story is to be Batboy for the Detroit Tigers. When Brian was younger his dad left him to go play for the Detroit Tigers. The way Brian is described in the story makes him seem that he is reall...more
Before I got my hands on this book, I was looking for a baseball book that had a good story line but still kept to the baseball feel. The book “The Bat Boy” is a really good book about a young kid that all he wants is to be a bat boy for one of his favorite teams. When he gets his chance he takes it right way. There was no doubt that this was what he wanted to do, but when he started going to practice he met his “hero” of the team he realized he wasn’t who he thought he was. Behind the camera he...more
Anthony Leonard
Imagine being a bat-boy for the Detroit Tigers a Major League Baseball team. Brian got to do this, he even got to work with his all time favorite player.

Brian learns that sometimes our idols make mistakes too. He found his out his idol was doing steroids. Brian still believes in him even though Hank Bishop was rude to him.

Brian is also dealing with his parents divorce. His father doesn't talk to him much. His father was a major league baseball player, but never has seen Brian play baseball. He...more
The Batboy by far is my favorite baseball book i have ever read.

Background info: The Batboy is about a 14 year old boy named Brian that had a dream that becomes a reality! That dream was to become the batboy for his hometown Major League Baseball Team. This boy Brian and his father loved the game of baseball. They loved every team and every player so not only does this job help him be more experienced with the game, but he us also get to be around his favorite players and coaches. This Major Lea...more
The Batboy is a great book for people who enjoy baseball. Mike Lupica knows baseball very well and applies real game situations in the book. Mike Lupica makes the reader feel like he's at the ballpark.

The Batboy is about a fourteen year old boy, named Brian, who is a batboy for the summer for the Detroit Tigers. Brian is very excited when his all time favorite baseball player, Hank Bishop, joins the team. Hank was returning to baseball after his suspension for steroid use. Hank had been the MVP...more
Matthew Aronson
This book was not what I was expecting.I thought, being Mike Lupica, this book would have been very good throughout the entire story. Unfortunatly the book was very hard to understand up unitl the end when it started to get kind of intersting. I chose this book because I thought I would be intrigued because it was a baseball book, and I normally can'y put those kind of books down. It was different with this book. I just couldn't understand what I was reading. I actually wanted to get done with...more
Trenton Dianovich
The Batboy by Mike Lupica includes information about a teenage boy named Brian who loves baseball. Summer has already begun for Brian and he is playing on his local baseball team the Sting. During the summer Brian also will be the batboy for his favorite Major League team, the Tigers. It feels like the best summer ever for Brian until it gets even better. His favorite baseball player of all time Hank Bishop gets traded to the Tigers. This book definitely makes you want to go and chase your drea...more
I thought that was a great book. I didn't like the ending, which had Brian hitting a grand slam to win the game and hit the first ever out of the park at that ballpark. Although it is a happy ending I could tell you that was what was going to happen three chapters before it actually happened. I did like Brian's response when he was asked how it felt: ""This is what I have been waiting for my entire life!"" If you ever see it you should read because it is an amazing book.
Kay Mcgriff
My middle school sports fans love Mike Lupica, and I enjoy his books, too, even though I'm not a big sports fan myself. Now that baseball season has rolled around once again, it is the perfect time to introduce The Batboy (Scholastic 2010) to my classroom library.

Brian Dudley loves baseball, especially his home team of the Detroit Tigers. Even though his dad was a big league pitcher, Brian knows he is lucky to have a spot on his travel team. Along with his best friend, Kenny, he plans to make th...more
Erik Wittmer
Being a huge baseball fan, I ordered this book because it as recommended to me by a fifth grader who know my love for baseball. Mike Lupica hit a home run with this novel about a batboy who connects with his hero and role model.

Growing up with his father playing for multiple major league teams, Brian becomes the batboy for the Chicago White Sox. His idle and favorite all time player was suspended 50 games for using steroids.
Brandon Quezada
This was a good book and i hope to read more mike lupica books soon
The Batboy was an reasonably okay book, but it had a really meaningful theme. The main theme I came to see is that things aren't always as they appear to be. The book is about a boy who enjoys baseball very much and his favorite player came back to his town and the main character is the batboy and it turns out that Hank the favorite player is kind of mean and bitter not at all what he pictured him to be. The authors purpose of writing the story is to show that stars aren't like they appear on TV...more
Blake Carpenter
The BATBOY is a very good book. It tells about a boy and his name is Brian and his dad was a pro baseball player but he left Brian and his mom when he retired. Now Brian is going to get a job as the batboy for the Detroit Tigers during the summer. Brian already is on the travel baseball team and has to do both. While Brian is the batboy his favorite player Hank Bishop who was kicked out of baseball for drugs is back and Brian finds out that he is not as nice as he thought. The first game back Br...more
Caleb howatt
I have just finished the book and hank came to brian's game that he hit a game winning home run.

didnt make me as nearly as happy as Travel Team did.
Jul 31, 2012 Jordan is currently reading it
I'm gonna start it very soon
The main character in this book's name was Brian. He is fourteen years old and his summer job it to be the batboy for the Detroit Tigers. Usually the boys that are batboys are sixteen years old or older. During that same summer he has travel ball and later in the year his favorite baseball player comes back to the Tigers. Brian's job as a batboy goes as high as getting players what they need to making coffee for the players. Before games he needs to stock the dugout up with seeds and gum, and an...more
Bruce Snell
Another YA book from Mike Lupica with a sports related theme - this time baseball. Brian is a 14 year old boy who lives with his divorced mother in the Detroit area, and gets a summer job as a batboy with the Detroit Tigers. Brian's father is a former major league pitcher who is now coaching in Japan - unfortunately Brian's father has not maintained regular contact leaving Brian without a father figure present in his life.

Through the story, Brian has to deal with a fallen hero returning to the...more
Brett Bohn
The Batboy

During the months of January and February I read the book The Bat Boy by Mike Lupica. I’ve read several of his books and I enjoy his style of writing. This particular book by Mike Lupica would have to be one of my favorites, along with The Million Dollar Throw and Heat. That’s why I give this book four out of a possible five stars. The specific reasons why I gave The Batboy four stars will be explained in the paragraphs below. In those paragraphs I will be reviewing the story’s plot,...more
Alyssa Calhoun
The Batboy details the summer life of 14 year old Brian. Brian lives for baseball. He learned that from his dad, who was a major league pitcher before getting let go and leaving his family to move to Japan to be a pitching coach. Brian applies to be a batboy for his favorite team, the Detroit Tigers. Soon he finds out that his idol, Hank Bishop has been picked up by the team. Hank is back into baseball after getting in trouble for testing positive for steroids. He is ecstatic to get the chance t...more
Danielle Kern
Lupica, Mike, The Batboy. Penguin Group: New York, 2010. 246 pp. ISBN 978-0-14-241782-9

Genre: Young Adult Fictions
Rating: ****For a boy who loves every part of baseball, even the starts and stops, getting to be the batboy for the Detroit Tigers as a summer job is a dream come true. As batboy he gets to meet his all time baseball hero Hank Bishop. Hank has not come back for the love of the game, or to make 500 homeruns, he has come back to prove something to himself. Brian never gives up on his b...more
TJ  Beaver
Batboy, by Mike Lupica, was a great fiction book that I could have read for hours. This book is about a boy named Brian who gets a summer job as a batboy for the Detroit Tigers. His whole life has been about baseball ever since his big league dad left him and his mom. During the course of the summer Brian's idol gets signed to the Tigers, and over time they become like father and son. I had a lot of favorite parts in this book but one stood out in particular. I liked when Brian's idol Hank Bisho...more
Tommy W
The book is about a 14 year old boy who gets his dream job as a bat boy. Brian's dad was a a baseball player in the MLB but he is in Japan and doesn't have much time for him. Brian's long time hero is on the team and he is so excited but the guy doesn't want anything to do with Brian so he kinda ignores him. Brian wasn't the best baseball player but since he got this job he has worked hard to improve for his little league team. His dad came back from Japan so he wanted to make him proud but he d...more
Matt Miller
Great book for any baseball lover

Brian Dudely is a 16 year old from Detroit, who loves the Detroit Tigers more than anything else in the world. Getting a summer job as the Tigers batboy is a dream come true to Brian and he has many great times at Comerica. His dad played for the Tigers many years ago, and even had such a passion for baseball, he left Brian and his mom to coach in Japan.
After retiring from baseball and shunned by many for steriod use, Hank Bishop returs to baseball in a Tigers u...more
Zach Isenberg
The Batboy
Reviewed by: Zach Isenberg

What’s your dream? In the book, The Batboy, by Mike Lupica, Brian Dudley has a dream to play major league baseball. He doesn’t know but the closest he comes to playing major league baseball is being a batboy at Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers. At the same time he becomes a batboy for the Tigers, his favorite player and idol, Hank Bishop, gets traded back to the Tigers. Brian looks up to Hank like a father figure, because his own father, Cole, abandoned he...more
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