It must be a bittersweet time for Derek Jeter. On the one hand, he knows his “expiration date.” On the other hand, he knows his expiration date. How many fictional scenarios contain the premise of knowing when one will draw his last breath?
Of course, retiring as an athlete isn’t the same as retiring permanently from the land of the living, but there are some metaphorical similarities. Maybe that’s why he’s already busy with the next phase of his life, having it overlap with his current position.
According to Yahoo Sports, his first book is already available as a pre-order.
From the Yahoo article:
The book is fiction, but based on Jeter’s experiences. He’s listed as the “author” with Paul Mantell as a “contributor. Mantell has a history of this sort of thing. He co-wrote books with Tiki and Ronde Barber of NFL fame.
Jeter Publishing has announced two other titles too, but neither is this far along. From AMNY.com:
Chronicle of Jeter’s last season
A title has not yet been announced (perhaps because the story is not yet finished) for a chronicle of Jeter’s final season, to be told primarily through photographs taken by Chris Anderson. Publication date: Fall 2014
“The Ed Lucas Story”
After going blind at just 12 years old, Ed Lucas went on to study broadcasting and become the first person without his sight to cover baseball in such a capacity. His story is also in development to be told in film form. Publication date: Spring 2015
I found this interesting: On the Amazon page for The Contract, Paul Mantell is listed as “contributor.” As opposed to co-author? This piece in the New York Post refers to Mantell as a “collaborator” and flat out states that the book was “authored by Jeter himself.”
According to his page on the Simon and Schuster website (the parent company for Jeter’s imprint), Mantell “is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including books in the Hardy Boys and Matt Christopher series.”
I would love to see the job description for contributor for this project. Can it really be that Jeter actually wrote this? If not, given his reputation as a stand-up guy, I think a bit more disclosure is in order.