Baseball Superstars 2015 by K.C. Kelley (2015)
Baseball Superstars 2015
by K.C. Kelley
I remember getting books like this as a kid through the Scholastic order forms that came home from school. I was a stat-head from the very beginning, but I also enjoyed reading about players’ performances that didn’t necessarily show up in the statistics, like Madison Bumgarner’s dominance during the World Series, and Mike Trout’s combination of power and speed. Thirteen baseball stars are given the full-page treatment in this book; in addition to Bumgarner and Trout, young fans can read about Miguel Cabrera, Yu Darvish, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alex Gordon, Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina, David Ortiz, Buster Posey, and Giancarlo Stanton. After those thirteen profiles, four more pitchers are highlighted at the end with a paragraph each under the header, “Throwing Heat!” They are Stephen Strasburg, Corey Kluber, Johnny Cueto, and Craig Kimbrel.
The book is written for younger fans of the game, without the in-depth analysis one might expect from more adult sources like ESPN or Sports Illustrated. Baseball Superstars 2015 gives readers a few paragraphs about the featured players, basic statistics and highlights, and a “history lesson,” reminding youngsters that there is a wealth of baseball history to learn. It’s a great book to encourage fandom in young readers.