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Abrams Acquires Derek Jeter Book From The New York Times

Abrams has acquired the title, Derek Jeter: From the Pages of The New York Times, highlighting the career of the New York Yankees’ captain and shortstop, Derek Jeter. The title is due for release in March 2011.

Abrams’ editor-in-chief Eric Himmel negotiated the deal with the New York Times’ editorial director, Alex Ward. The book will carry a $29.95 price tag and contain 100 color photographs.

The press release had more: “Derek Jeter draws upon more than 5,000 news articles and features from The New York Times by the paper’s superb sports reporters, columnists, and photographers, past and present, including Dave Anderson, Fred R. Conrad, Jack Curry, Chang Lee, Buster Olney, Barton Silverman, and George Vecsey, as well as Tyler Kepner, who has written the introduction. The book is filled with entertaining stories, penetrating insights, and the voices of not only Jeter himself, but also George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre, Alex Rodriguez, and a host of players.”

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A-Rod Tells It To the Kids

Did you know that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was a children’s author? Then again, practically every major sports star tries his or her hand at the kids’ book (sometimes with unintentionally hilarious results) and so it isn’t that surprising that A-Rod would do so. But as it happens, says the New York Times, this is his second go-round at the form (along with Frank Morrison), the first published back in 1998. According to HarperCollins, this new tome, OUT OF THE BALLPARK, is “autobiographical fiction” about his childhood.

Although the book’s description seems to allude to Rodriguez’s tumultuous 2006 season, his marketing representative, Steve Fortunato, said yesterday that the book had been in the works for more than a year and a half. Fortunato said that Rodriguez had drawn on his experiences from when he was about 10 years old. The publisher’s description of the book says, “Alex is determined not to let his mistakes set him back – even if it means getting up at the crack of dawn to work on his hitting and fielding before school each day!” The 32-page book, geared towards youngsters ages 4 to 8, is published in English and Spanish.