By Cal Ripken, Jr.; Kevin Cowherd

Hyperion Books, Hardcover, 9781423140009, 135pp.

Publication Date: March 2011

Connor Sullivan is an All-Star shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, the Orioles. He can hit and field with the best of them, but he's got one big problem: his temper. When he strikes out or makes an error, he's a walking Mt. Vesuvius, slamming batting helmets and throwing gloves. His teammates are starting to avoid him, even his best friend Jordy. His coach is ready to kick him off the team. To make matters worse, things aren't much better at home. His dad is having trouble finding a new job after being laid off. Money is tight. Connor's dream of attending the prestigious Brooks Robinson Baseball Camp this summer seems like just that now - a dream. When the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on his tantrums - complete with embarassing photos - Connor realizes he has to clean up his act. But can he do it in time to regain his teammates' trust and help the Orioles win the championship against the best team in the league?

About the Author
Cal Ripken, Sr., has spent most of his life playing or coaching the game of baseball, including thirty-eight years in the professional ranks with the Baltimore Orioles. He has managed at five different professional levels and owns a combined 1,032-897 (.535) record as a manager in the majors and minors. He has also served as coach for two American League pennant winners (1979, 1983) and one World Series winner (1983). He lives with his wife, Violet, in Aberdeen, Maryland, and teaches at the Cal Ripken Baseball School in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Kevin Cowherd was an award-winning features and sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun for 32 years before taking a buyout in 2013. He is the co-author, along with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., of the New York Times best-seller "Hothead" and three other baseball novels for young readers. He has also written for Men's Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, "Last Call at the 7-Eleven," published by Bancroft Press. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Cockeysville, Md.