Not only is Hutch's hero, Derek Jeter, a shortstop, but so was his father---a former local legend turned pro. Which is why getting reassigned to second base feels like a demotion. With the summer league championship on the line, can Hutch muster the team spirit he needs to win? Ages 8 to 12. 272 pages, softcover from Puffin.
Playing shortstop is a way of life for Hutch?not only is his hero, Derek Jeter, a shortstop, but so was his father, a former local legend turned pro. Which is why having to play second base feels like demotion to second team. Yet that?s where Hutch ends up after Darryl ?D-Will? Williams, the best shortstop prospect since A-Rod, joins the team. But Hutch is nothing if not a team player, and he?s cool with playing in D-Will?s shadow?until, that is, the two shortstops in Hutch?s life betray him in a way he never could have imagined. With the league championship on the line, just how far is Hutch willing to bend to be a good teammate?
Mike Lupica is the author of many novels for sports fans, including Red Zone, Bump and Run, and Wild Pitch. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationally, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife and their four children.
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