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"Dirk Hayhurst writes about baseball in a unique way. Observant, insightful, human, and hilarious."--Bob Costas


"With razor-sharp wit and keen observational powers, Dirk Hayhurst delivers a rare gem of a baseball book. Out of My League captures both the joy and the toll of becoming a big leaguer unlike anything else before it."--Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated 

"This book shows why baseball is so often used as a metaphor for life."--Keith Olbermann
 

About the Author

Dirk Hayhurst.

--The Person.

Born in Canton, Ohio in 1981, Dirk grew up in the small town area of Canton South where he attended Canton South high school, home of the Wildcats. Though Dirk now makes his home in Hudson, Ohio with his wife, Bonnie, Dirk's family remains in Canton South. Dirk holds a degree in communication studies from Kent State University, where he is also a member of the athletic hall of fame. 

--The Player.

Dirk was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 8th round of the 2003 amateur player draft. He signed as a senior in college at Kent State University, put his communication degree on hold, and set off to the fabled Northwest League to become a mighty Eugene Emerald.

After 6 years of toiling in the minors, playing for the Eugene Emeralds, Fort Wayne Wizards, Lake Elsinore Storm, Mobile BayBears, San Antonio Missions, and Portland Beavers, Dirk emerged in the big leagues with San Diego to start against the San Fransico Giants on August, 23, 2008. His performance in that start was unremarkable, but the story between the two aforementioned dates is not, and is detailed in his 2 books, The Bullpen Gospels, and Out Of My League. 


--The Writer.

Dirk's first book, The Bullpen Gospels, came out on March 30, 2010 and was met with a surge of acclaim from all manner of key figures, such as Keith Olbermann, Bob Costas, Jayson Stark, Tim McCarver, Tom Verducci, and several esteemed print sources like, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Boston Globe, and the list goes on. You can read more reviews about Dirk's book on the Book's page, or order it at all fine book sellers.

Dirk second book, OUT OF MY LEAGUE is slated to hit shelves in 2012, and it the story of how Dirk made it to the Big Leagues for the first time, and all the the trials and tribulations that came with it.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806534850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806534855
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dirk Hayhurst has taken us behind the scenes in his latest book, Out of My League, and shed light on the difficult struggle of a ball player who has worked his way through the minors in hopes of one day making it to the big leagues.

The book is equally funny, honest and insightful. You will laugh out loud at some of the stories Hayhurst retells. Stories about his offseason relationship with his grandma, getting hit on by transvestites while on the road, and many of the rookie hazing moments he goes through when he finally reaches the big leagues.

Even with all the funny moments, and there are plenty of them, this book focuses on so much more. The reality and struggle of what a fringe prospect goes through.

Baseball is a sport that is marked by failure. Players will always fail more often than they succeed. These failures can weigh heavily on a players psyche and in turn make them even worse as a player. It is a struggle to overcome these overwhelming obstacles and find success in a sport where the odds are stacked against you.

Hayhurst takes us behind the curtain and sheds light what it is like to be an actual baseball player and what runs through their minds in many of these types of situations.

Baseball, even with all its benefits, can be a serious grind for its players forcing them to sometimes wonder if making it to the show is worth it or not. Hayhurst openly talks about many of these struggles that he faced throughout his 6 years in the minors en route to his first appearance in the majors.

What I love most about this book is the honest approach it takes to what life is like for a major league player.
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The book depicts Hayhurst's last steps towards becoming a major league baseball player. It shows the absurdity of minor league life and the absurd excesses of major league life well.

But the book is about more than the comings and goings of a baseball player and team. The book is about spending years dreaming about something, only to find out the dream is really a nightmare when it actually happens. It is about broken homes and bad marriages, held together with fights. And it is about getting to the major league mound and forgetting the person you are. It's about changing--sometimes for the worse--to win social approval and finding the disapproval of those who matter most to you.

And the book is about failure. It's about realizing that the dream cannot be realized...whether that dream is to simply grip a ball or to become a star pitcher on a World Series Champion. Sometimes those dreams cannot be fulfilled.

Hayhurst is most interested in life's meaning, as anyone who read Bullpen Gospels should know. And he struggles with what it means to throw a baseball 85 mph in front of 30,000 fans. He struggles to find purpose and place.

Many people do. Some people think they've found their spouse only to be left at the alter, or be told no during a proposal. People can work hard and still get a pink slip. You can land a dream job only to fail at it and not do well.

The book is well written, flows nicely, and is touching in parts and hilarious in others (hint there are two transvestite conventions in the book, one in Salt Lake City and another aboard a plane where 15 of the attendees are wearing Hooter's outfits).
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After reading Mr. Hayhurst's first book I was very much looking forward to reading the follow up. It did not disappoint. For anyone who has ever wondered what life as a professional baseball player would be like, this is your ticket to the show. I was unable to put this one down and can only hope there will be more works by Mr. Hayhurst. I enjoyed watching him pitch in Las Vegas and certainly have enjoyed both books. Buy this book immediately!
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What a marvelous book. Hayhurst weaves the stories of his baseball career, falling in love, and escape from a toxic and tragic upbringing into a funny, touching and insightful narrative. The writing is graceful and perhaps, in a way, inspired.

Out of My League is much more than a baseball book, but the baseball parts are enough to make it a good read. Sort of a minor league version of Jim Bouton's Ball Four, Hayhurst describes well the anxiety of the AAA player who gets the occasional sniff of the Bigs, the foolishness of young men thrown together for a season, knucklehead coaches, and the day to day life in the minors.

Out of My League is a great example of George Plimpton's theory that the quality of a sport's literature is inversely proportional to the size of the ball in play. He had golf and baseball at the top and the cruder games of soccer, football and basketball in the literary cellar. The book uses a baseball life to shine light on larger issues without preaching or becoming tedious.

More than anything this is a book about growing into manhood. It touches on many of the points Hemingway dealt with from a different angle (and in a different style) and would be profitable reading for most young men. I hope that Hayhurst has more of this in him. It is good stuff indeed.
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