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The first Derek Jeter Publishing title is available for pre-order

Jul 10, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT


Last fall we learned that Derek Jeter was starting his own publishing business in a partnership with Simon & Schuster. The first book is coming out in September. You can pre-order it now. It’s called “The Contract” and it’s for middle school readers. This is the description:

As a young boy, Derek Jeter dreams of begin the shortstop for the New York Yankees. He even imagines himself in the World Series. So when Derek is chosen for the Little League Tigers, he hopes to play shortstop. But on the day of the assignments, Derek Starts at second base. Still, he tries his best while he wishes and dreams of that shortstop spot. And to help him stay focused on school, his parents make him a contract: keep up the grades or no baseball. Derek makes sure he always plays his best game—on and off the baseball field!

Sounds like the coach of the Little League Tigers is the only person with the guts and baseball savvy to put Jeter at his natural position. Good for him!

Seriously, though: I think the publishing idea is pretty neat. Probably a way, way better way to expand the Jeter brand and make some bank than what most ballplayers cook up after retirement. Youth publishing is huge and it’s a worthy genre. You all know how much I dislike Mike Lupica? Well, he writes sports books for kids too, and they’re actually really good for that age group. Just a lot of positives to be had in this world and I’m glad Jeter is doing it.

Although, for the sake of “contributor” Paul Mantell, I wish Jeter was getting credit as “producer” or something instead of author, because I’m pretty skeptical that Jetes actually wrote this thing. Guess selling books trumps actual credit though.

  1. yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Actual authorship can be a murky business at times. Many people have speculated Jeter also wrote The Sensuous Woman.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Finally he can get free of that anonymous goth erotica he’s been churning out and print something he can put his name on.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      “The Contraction” is a lovely true story of how Derek Jeter, more than a dozen years into his New York Yankees career, finally discovered that his defensive range at shortstop had been shrinking every year.

      Jeter, after listening to general manager Brian Cashman and others, decided to change how he played the position. To his surprise, he found out that he could catch balls he never did before.

      Unfortunately, he found out that “The Contraction” now also described his throwing range and that he couldn’t get any of these newly-caught balls to first base without at least one bounce.

      Jeter was so horrified and depressed over his own mortality that he broke his ankle tripping over his own night baseball shadow.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        And, I found a few more selections from this book:

  2. 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    That is the nicest little league stadium I’ve ever seen.

    Must be in Texas.

  3. historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Oh, barf. Maybe they can recycle some Horatio Alger into “Only a Yankee Boy” or “Risen from the Yanks.” I’m sure “Wait and Hope, or Eduardo Nunez’s Motto” would be a big hit.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Maybe in the next book, a young Jason Varitek is behind the plate in Jeter’s first at bat, and says, “Shut up, you smarmy pretty boy,” and punches him in the junk.

  4. adeedothatswho - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Jeter’s name takes up half the cover! Seems a bit big.

    • yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Not as big as that cut he’s taking.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Rule of thumb on books: Bigger the font on headlines, and even more, the bigger the font on the author name, the fewer the words inside.

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Not a good sign when there is a massive type-o in the first sentence of the description for your first book for your publishing company. I checked and the type-o is on the book’s Amazon page.

    “dreams of begin”

    • yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Come on, he was drunk.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        The Captain is never drunk. He is abstemiously-impaired.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Drunk and out riding A-Rod’s centaur back, bareback.

  6. mikhelb - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Pretty neat idea to use the name of one of the best SS all time to publish baseball related books for children, and from the descriptions the first one seems to be aimed to kindergarten and elementary kids.

    I wonder if David Ortiz will publish books now that he has a documentary to try and clean his name after so many incidents, though I can see Whaaaaaaaaaaavid Ortíz doing something similar to try and sell his image as HoF worthy.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      David Ortiz’s book should be titled “That’s not a damn strike, you owe me a hit!” It can be about the hardships of feeding your family on a meager salary tied to statistics. The great villain can be the scorekeeper.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Title? “The Mighty Scorer Strikes Out.”

      • nbjays - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        With a parental advisory on the cover: “Warning! This book contains scenes of graphic and gratuitous violence to innocent bullpen phones.”

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      I will try to communicate and be as clear as possible. The vast majority of us (most not NY Yankee ) fans, but baseball fans like, respect, and think the world of JETER. To the vast majority of us, he is also a classy and talented player that has been one of the best of his era. But we have also become tired and bored with the overwhelming worship of Jeter. Again, we like, respect, and think that Jeter has had a HOF career. We believe and want to see him inducted, but he has become an old baseball player that is clearly over publicized. Starz can get over publicized, even baseball stars. MLB is about more that one guy.

  7. Jason @ IIATMS - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Hey, “Out of the Park” by ARod is on sale, at least

    The sequel, “Troches and Gummies; a middle schooler’s education into the fun world of science” is forthcoming.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Does it include an attachment with instructions for a science fair project?

  8. devilsmetsgiants - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Will there be lots of pictures of Derek and will the pages be waterproof?

  9. sdelmonte - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    “Producer” would be a good option. Any comic book based on a Joss Whedon show lists him as producer and someone else as the writer. You know that Joss was involved in some way, but that you aren’t getting his scripts. Of course, it’s more natural to call a person who actually works as a producer that than to call a shortstop that.

    And my problem with Lupica is never the choice of words. Even when he’s in full rant mode, I think he knows how to write (or speak) a sentence better than most. So it’s not a surprise his fiction is pretty good.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Mike Lupica is a huge wind bag, that loves to tell us who we should dislike and who to love in sports and politics (wrote columns worshiping Teddy Kennedy). Additionally, I can’t watch ESPN’s “Sports Reporters” any more because it hurts my eyes to see a TV program with the egos of Lupica and Bob Ryan sharing the same show. Yet its a free country, so praise and buy all the Lupe Lupica material that you want.

  10. whatacrocker - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Hm..I just assumed his first project would be to rewrite the Bible. The DJV might even supplant the KJV.

    • clemente2 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      A slow day, perhaps, but you have won the Internet this day, my friend.

    • nbjays - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      The first book “Yankee Genesis” starts out with these words:

      “In the big inning, the Yankees created God…”

  11. sportsdrenched - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    The only thing this thread needs is a LeBron James update.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      You didn’t hear? He signed a contract to play shortstop for the Yankees. Jordan’s helping him on the curveball as well speak.

      • jwbiii - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        So another expensive guy on the wrong side of 30? Total Yankees move!

  12. mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    One thing that people are missing, is that the Yankees are not what they used to be. This year is the first time in a while that they did not have a every day player that was worthy of starting on the AL All Star team. Yes, they have still spent a lot of money, but they have also hurt their team in the long term by giving contracts out with too many years. This practice has already hurt them and I think it will get worse. Additionally, the team may be in worse shape than many realize, because they have a very good manger that has some how kept them in the fight in the AL East.

  13. scatterbrian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    A typo in the description of their first publication? Way to lead it off, Jetes!

  14. mmeyer3387 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Jeter has been great, but you are in great danger of turning the rest of MLB fans off. Clearly,the press has over publicized Jeter. I’m not sure if the press is over publicizing Jeter because they are lazy or just over emotional. The press did this same thing years ago with Ripken and did the same thing with Mariano Rivera’s last year. You guys in the press need to realize that we can look up Jeter’s stats and remember all the titles and we will sing Jeter praises, just stop over doing it.

    • yahmule - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      What we need to do is spearhead a backlash.

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