Sports Illustrated Kids Pro Files: Baseball by Sports Illustrated Kids
Release Date: March 2012
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Incorporated
DESCRIPTION: Sports Illustrated Kids Pro Files Baseball is a must - have book for every young baseball fan and player. This 96 - page book profiles 15 of the big leagues ' hottest stars and features SI Kids' signature content :great writing, fun trivia, amazing statistics, and dynamic photography. But Pro Files Baseball also delves deeper, providing insider tips from major league coaches on how to hit, pitch and field just like the stars in the book. Experts help break down each baseball skill so that young players can learn to play like the pros. In Pro Files Baseball, fans will not only read all about Albert Pujols and his accomplishments, but they 'll also learn how to smack home runs like the St. Louis Cardinals slugger.
I’m calling this more of a spotlight than review due to how hard it is to review a non-fiction book like this. In 98 pages, Pro Files: Baseball covers 15 great players from a variety of teams. These aren’t old time legends ala Babe Ruth, but current players who are still in the game. Admittedly, I’m a bit out of the baseball loop anymore, but the players chosen such as Ichiro, Felix Hernandez, & Mariano Rivera had impressive stories & stats. Each player has 6 pages dedicated to them that include biographies, resume, personal and career stats, and how to play like them.
There were many things I really liked about this book, but I thought I would highlight just a few of them.
- The little inside information they gave on each player such as favorite cartoon character, favorite movie, and athletes they admired as a kid.
- That it told the good, bad, and ugly. Being a pro-ball player isn’t issue and certainly isn’t all sunshine and roses. I loved reading how a couple of the players really had a dip in performance but with hard work and determination they were able to make it back to the top.
- That baseball isn’t all about skill that you’re born with. The common thread that all these players had were how much hard work they put into the game. They were the first one on the field for practices, reviewed tapes of their pitches, and many other things.
- How many weren’t stars from the very start. Several were discovered in unlikely places, with small signing bonuses, but came and proved they had what it took. Sometimes it just takes that one person to believe you have something special before you can show it to the world.
There wasn’t anything I necessarily disliked about the book. I am a Chicago fan, so I was sad to see that no Chicago team players were included, but that’s okay. There are a lot of teams and players out there and not everyone can be considered an elite. I have a feeling that baseball fanatics will know most of the information provided as it was just the basics, but I think it’s a good book to have in a collection. In fact, I had one of my managers order it knowing our boys will eat it up. I plan to put my review copy in our summer reading book handouts and I don’t expect it to remain around long.