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Rookie Arrives [Paperback]

Thomas Dygard
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May 1 1989
Cocky Ted Bell moves from being star of his high school baseball team directly into playing in the major leagues and finds that he has a lot to learn before becoming the world's greatest third baseman.

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Grade 5-9 Dygard continues to turn out pure sport novels in the tradition of John R. Tunis (HBJ) and Matt Christo pher (Little). To these authors the sport is the story, and there are no subplots to muddy the tale. If his latest is not among his better efforts, it still makes for fun reading. Ted Bell, third base man, thinks he's good enough to make it in the majors without playing minor league ball, although he's just out of high school. He is good, but he's too cocky. He foregoes college to sign with the Kansas City Royals, but he finds himself on the bench instead of the base paths. Ted is brought down a few notches by the last page, although he does prove that he has the stuff to be come a hall-of-famer himself some day. It's unlikely that a rookie would go di rectly into the majors from high school today, but readers can give Dygard the benefit of the doubt since he does such a fine job of describing the innings-and- outs of big time baseball. Robert E. Unsworth, Scarsdale Junior High School, N.Y.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars For Baseball Fans April 5 2004
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Format:Paperback
In the book The Rookie Arrives the main character (Ted Bell) is a cocky, self-centered 19 year old that has just graduated from Genoa High School in Oklahoma. On the baseball diamond he is a star third baseman and at the plate, really crushes the ball. When he receives word that he has been drafted by the Kansas City Royals, he thinks that he will automatically get the starting job at third base with out being tested first. He is wrong. The Royals already have an all-star third baseman (Lou Mills) that is solid in the field as well as the plate. But when Lou is invited to play in the all-star game he is hit by a pitch and becomes disabled for a month. Will Ted strikeout or will he go over the wall and touch'em all?
In this book Mr. Dygard does a great job of making you feel like you are in a rookie baseball players shoes. He instills a sense wonder for the new cities that Ted experiences on the road games, and the awe that he feels the first time he steps into the realm of major league baseball. When I read this book I felt as if I were ready to be the next baseball legend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Rookie Arrives May 3 2001
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Format:Paperback
In the book The Rookie Arrives by Thomas Dygard, Ted Bell is a high school all American superstar baseball player. He gets drafted by the Kansas City Royals right out of high school. The story tells about how hard it is for athletes turning pro right out of high school. It goes through how hard it really is to be in the major leagues. Dygard does a good job telling the life of an athlete that is very talented. He also explains the harsh side of being a professional and never getting a chance to play. Dygard's message is that a lot of athletes should continue in school to get more experience at an even higher level. The main character, Ted, goes through a lot in this story but his main goal in life is to play in the major leagues, not to play for a big college team. He turns pro against his parents will and with having a lot of colleges wanting him. I would recommend this book to everyone because Dygard explains how many young athletes dream of playing pro and will go through almost anything to get their. I especially recommend this book to the people who have a problem with athletes leaving school early to turn pro and have never had a passion or a love for a game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for baseball fans Oct. 19 1999
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Format:Paperback
The Rookie Arrives is one of the best baseball books I've ever read. I would only recommend this book to "die-hard" baseball fans. The Rookie Arrives is about a rookie (Ted Bell) who is drafted out of High-school by the Kansas City Royals. He is brought to the team under the impression that he's going to be an everyday player. He gets upset because he finds out that Lou Mills, the Royals everyday third-baseman is going to play everday and Ted won't even get a chance to prove himself. At the All-star game, Lou Mills gets injured and this gives Ted Bell the opportunity to play everyday. His chance to prove himself and earn a spot on the major league roster is now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book For Sports Readers of all ages May 17 2000
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Format:Paperback
I read the book The Rookie Arrives by Thomas Dygard. I feel this is a great book. Out of the whole book, there weren't any parts that got boring. I liked the book because it was about baseball. Another reason is that I never really got confused. There weren't any words that i didn't know. I understood the book and what was happening.It is a great book for all ages. I gave the book a 4 star rating because of the reasons stated above. I feel this is the best book I've ever read.
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