March 22nd, 2012
Book Review: Sports Illustrated Kids Pro Files:
Baseball Intel on Today’s Biggest Stars
and Tips on How to Play Like Them.
Ever want to pitch like Justin Verlander or Roy Halladay? Or play like Dustin Pedroia, Josh Hamilton, or Brian McCann?
Well, now is your chance. 15 of the best pitchers, infielders and outfielders in Major League Baseball are spot lighted in this 96-page book. You not only get in-depth background into what makes them successful, but you get actually tips and direct quotes from the players themselves.
Each of the 15 players has a profile, with a TON of great information in the following categories: Background Report, Inside Information, Baseball Resume, Career Stats, Running the Numbers, Secrets to His Game., Player Analysis, and In His Words. There are also additional unique categories, depending on the player.
Highlights from the Pro Files include:
Roy Halladay’s parents were so convinced he had what it took, they made sure the basement in the house they bought was at least 60’ long, allowing Roy to practice his pitching as a young boy by throwing through a hanging tire and hitting a mattress behind it. Wow! Now THAT is supportive parents!
Words from Evan Longoria, 3rd Basemen for the Tampa Bay says: “I take a lot of pride in my defense. People get caught up in the defensive stats, the home runs, but it’ like basketball. Everyone wants to be the scorer, but the guys who play the best defense win the game”
Joey Votto, 1st Baseman for the Cincinnati Reds shares that he used to struggle with his fielding as a young minor leaguer, and that he got better with lots of practice.
Jose Reyes, Shortstop for the Miami Marlins, has a set schedule and routine to prepare for each game, which includes a massage, stretching, and working in the batting cages…
In addition to their baseball life, the player profiles share some of their personal info, such as favorite movies (Justin Verlander’s are the Harry Potter movies) favorite subject in school, (Joey Votto’s was English, or even a favorite cereal (Josh Hamilton’s is Fruit Pebbles)
Filled with beautiful color photography, and clear and concise language, Pro Files is the perfect gift for the shelf of any young baseball player and fan–or even just the young at heart.
Available wherever good books are sold, Sports Illustrated Kids Pro Files is great read. Check it out!