Mike Shalin's A+ Shortstop tells the life story of this popular player who has been voted by fans as an All-Star Game starter two years in a row. Rodgriguez has also been honored as Player of the Year from The Sporting News, an award voted on by Major League Baseball Players. By teaming up with Ken Griffey Jr., "A-Rod" has helped turn the Mariners into one of the most entertaining teams to watch in pro sports, and Shalin provides the details into his development from high school phenom to Major League star. Alex Rodriguez has a long career still ahead of him, but his accomplishments in the game so far have made him an athlete to llok up to for people around the country.
Mike Shalin is a veteran of over four decades in sports journalism, working for the Boston Herald and the New York Post. He spent much of his early career covering hockey before moving on to baseball and college sports. He is now a freelancer in the Boston area and has spent the last fifteen years as an official scorer at Fenway Park. Shalin is the author of Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly, as well as several books for young readers. He is also the coauthor of Out by a Step: The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Tales from the New York Rangers Locker Room.