A-Rod out to hit one 'Out of the Ballpark'
Third baseman to release his second children's book Tuesday
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez's trophy shelf already features two American League Most Valuable Player Awards and two Rawlings Gold Gloves. The Yankees third baseman can now add a pair of books for children.
Rodriguez will become an author for the second time when his new release, titled "Out of the Ballpark," hits stores Tuesday. Published by HarperCollins, the 32-page hardcover book is based on Rodriguez's childhood.
In a statement, Rodriguez said that the story draws from a lifelong passion for baseball.
"Working on the book has been an extremely rewarding experience for me," Rodriguez said, "especially now that I have a daughter [Natasha, 2] of my own and see how important children's books are in her life."
Illustrated by Frank Morrison, the book will also be released simultaneously in Spanish.
According to the publisher's description, "Out of the Ballpark" is "the story of a boy named Alex, who knows what it's like to swing at a wild pitch or have a ball bounce right between his legs.
"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!"
Rodriguez will be in New York on Wednesday to promote the book, including a Manhattan book signing at Barnes & Noble at 555 Fifth Avenue. That event begins at 1 p.m. ET.
Rodriguez's first children's book, "Hit a Grand Slam," was published in 1998, when Rodriguez was playing for the Seattle Mariners.
Last year, Rodriguez played in 151 games, batting .290 with 35 home runs and 121 RBIs.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.