Derek Jeter isn't waiting until his final MLB game is done before putting out his first book. "The Contract," the rookie released from Jeter Publishing, is due out Sept. 23 with pre-orders now available on Amazon.
That's two days before Jeter's final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium and five days before what could be his final MLB game, Sept. 28 in Boston, if the Yankees don't make the playoffs. That'll already be a busy week in the life of Jeter. Now add his first book release to the mix.
It was announced last fall that one of Jeter's post-baseball pursuits would be book publishing, once he inked a deal to create Jeter Publishing with book giant Simon & Schuster. "The Contract" is aimed at 8-12-year-olds who are interesting in baseball but juggling schoolwork.
Here's the description from Amazon (typos aren't ours):
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!
The book is fiction, but based on Jeter's experiences. He's listed as the "author" with Paul Mantell as a "contributor. Mantell has a history of this sort of thing. He co-wrote books with Tiki and Ronde Barber of NFL fame.
Jeter Publishing has announced two other titles too, but neither is this far along. From AMNY.com:
Chronicle of Jeter's last season
A title has not yet been announced (perhaps because the story is not yet finished) for a chronicle of Jeter's final season, to be told primarily through photographs taken by Chris Anderson. Publication date: Fall 2014
"The Ed Lucas Story"
After going blind at just 12 years old, Ed Lucas went on to study broadcasting and become the first person without his sight to cover baseball in such a capacity. His story is also in development to be told in film form. Publication date: Spring 2015
In other Derek Jeter commerce news, Hardball Talk fills us in on a venture aimed at a different demographic — Tempur-Pedic banana hammocks that are essentially high-end underwear that men can wear to keep their private parts more comfortable.
Jeter is a man of the people, no doubt.
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