*Derek Jeter is looking for a home run in a completely different field.
After nineteen seasons with the New York Yankees, the slugger is adding book publishing to his personal lineup through his new imprint under Simon & Schuster.
The athlete will co-publish sports-related books via Jeter Publishing, which aims to reach a broad audience of sports enthusiasts, identifying and producing adult non-fiction titles, children’s picture books, middle-grade fiction, and ready-to-read children’s books in conjunction with other imprints at the publisher, including Gallery Books, Little Simon, Paula Wiseman Books and Simon Spotlight.
Among the first titles due to appear under Jeter Publications will be Derek Jeter’s Guide to Baseball.
The baseball player has also expressed interest in publishing outside the sports brand, pursuing works that feature unique personalities, pop-culture, and art content.
“This publishing partnership with Simon & Schuster is an exciting way for me to discover and develop new books,” Jeter said in a statement, “sharing insights of my own, or from people I believe have interesting stories, philosophies or practices to share.”
“Derek is a stellar role model for kids, and his many stories of the game will inspire young readers,” said Jon Anderson, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing president. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring books that embody his unparalleled stand of hard work, sportsmanship and teamwork to an emerging audience.”