Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs

  • Title: Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs
  • Author: Dirk Hayhurst
  • ISBN: 9780806534855
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Out of My League A Rookie s Survival in the Bigs Picking up where the New York Times bestseller The Bullpen Gospels leaves off Out of My League continues Hayhurst s hilarious roller coaster baseball odyssey through his rookie season
    Picking up where the New York Times bestseller The Bullpen Gospels leaves off, Out of My League continues Hayhurst s hilarious roller coaster baseball odyssey through his rookie season.

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    About Dirk Hayhurst


    1. Drafted from Kent State University in 2003 as a senior sign, Dirk Hayhurst has pitched professionally for nine years on than eight minor league teams and two major league teams, including the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays In 2011, he signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and pitched for their Triple A team, the Durham Bulls, in Durham, NC Hayhurst was born in Canton, Ohio, and resides in the off season in Hudson, Ohio, with his wife Bonnie, a music therapist.


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    1. I commented on The Bullpen Gospels that what was missing from the story was Dirk Hayhurst meeting his wife, as that seemed like an important part of the narrative that was missing. Turns out that he was just saving all the material from the Bonnie situation (which does not resemble Pulp Fiction in any way; no appearances by the Wolf) for a second book, one in which he makes his way into the big leagues.It's more of the same immature and riotously funny minor league stories mixed in with some hea [...]

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    2. Hayhurst takes the reader through a year of professional baseball, a year mostly in AAA as he strives to make it to the Major Leagues. This all appeals greatly to the long-ago boy who wanted to make The Show on his hometown team, as I did. Hayhurst shows his life as being thoughtful and conservative, and doing that in spite of a rather dysfunctional family and situation during the off-season. His season finds him surrounded by ballplayers and staff, some insightful, like his AAA pitching coach, [...]

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    3. Man, Dirk Hayhurst can fucking write! Whether a baseball fan or not it doesn't matter, read these books!

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    4. Matt MeccaMs. PryleEnglish H II24 January 2014From the Bottom to the Top 4.5 out of 5 stars Dirk Hayhurst, a pitcher who struggled through his early years in the minor leagues, believes that this is the year he gets to the MLB. With the “baseball reaper”, which represents the end of his career, behind him, Dirk looks to the future with high hopes. However, some new things erupt during the offseason, along with a new job and a potential marriage with a girl he met online. This marriage can be [...]

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    5. Dirk Hayhurst acknowledges in his author notes that OUT OF MY LEAGUE is not a baseball tell-all. His point is not to “smear his fellow players or air the sport’s dirty laundry”. He also doesn’t focus on the sport’s technicalities which makes the book enjoyable by all, not just baseball fans. Even so, there are plenty of tales of the bizarre and funny happenings, the diverse personalities in the clubhouse, the odd rituals and the tremendously different lives of minor and major league pl [...]

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    6. What can I say about this book?Well first of all, I loved it. Being a Baseball fan I have always wanted to know what really happens behind the scenes. This book -like it's predecessor "The Bullpen Gospels" shows all of this in detail. But it isn't the primary focus you would think. It's mostly about Dirk's personal journey. A player trying to reconcile his dreams with the reality of the situations he is in. To say I can't wait for the next book is an understatement. Get at it Dirk ! (please!)

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    7. I really enjoyed this book. unique writing, he is really entertaining and insightful, not afraid to question some baseball norms but without being a jerk about it. Highly recommended better than the first one.

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    8. I've just finished reading books by three author-pitchers: Brosnan, Bouton, and Hayhurst. Each was at a different phase of his career - Brosnan at his peak in the late 50's (The Long Season) and early 60's (Pennant Race), Bouton near the end in 1969 (Ball Four), and Hayhurst at the beginning of his big league experience 2007-09(Bullpen Gospels and Out of My League). That timing perhaps explains the tone of the books - Brosnan very much engaged in the moment, in a timeless present; Bouton in 1969 [...]

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    9. What can I say? I know my class library lacks "boy books" so if I find something sporty that seems vaguely interesting I grab it. To be honest, Out Of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs is a book that I picked purely because the back of the book mentioned that he was a pitcher for the San Diego Padres (woot!).However, once I got home and started researching the author a bit more this is REALLY interesting. He was a minor league player who started a newspaper column that gained interest. [...]

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    10. Before reading “Out of My League”, I read Hayhurst’s earlier book, about his 5th year in the minors, and his later book, about the medical rehab of his pitching arm. I found the earlier and later books quite good, combining baseball stories with stories about his family. I found his first book very funny. This one, though, was in the middle. Certainly, it takes place between the other two books. But it also focuses on his family and his girlfriend and his plans for getting married at the e [...]

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    11. Writing about baseball while you are still in a minor league locker room trying to make the Show takes courage. Writing about it honestly in a very human, funny and compelling way takes talent. Far more than just about baseball, "Out Of My League" is a truly remarkable book about life - its triumphs, disappointments, challenges, family (both on and off the field), finding love, staying true to your ideals, growing up, and wanting just a little bit more."Out Of My League" rejoins Dirk Hayhurst in [...]

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    12. Out of My League is Dirk Hayhurst’s second inside-baseball look at what it is like for those thousands of young men around the country whose only goal is to break into the big leagues. Only a small percentage of college baseball players manage to get to, much less past, A-Ball, and then only a small percentage of that lucky bunch will ever play major league baseball for any length of time. Despite these long odds, some players still find it so impossible to walk away from the game that they wi [...]

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    13. I think this book was a very interesting book. It was a fun book and it tells you a lot about baseball in the minor leagues and the big leagues.

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    14. From weeksnotice/2012/There is no way not to like Dirk Hayhurst's Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs. You probably won't believe me, but baseball isn't even the most important part of the book. Yes, of course baseball is central, and the insider details are cool, but he doesn't even leave for spring training until Chapter Ten. Instead, it is a raw, introspective, and absorbing account of dealing with a dysfunctional family, getting married, and figuring out your career even when t [...]

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    15. While Out of My League picks up right where The Bullpen Gospels left off, this book felt far more personal than Hayhurst's first. That might be because it's just as much about the evolution of his relationship with his girlfriend/fiancee/wife as it is about his path to the big leagues.The book starts off rather slowly as there's very little baseball involved. Instead, we're reintroduced to Hayhurst's grandmother and see the relationship with his family fleshed out. It's all fairly entertaining, [...]

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    16. Hayhurst was a pitcher with a short major league career and is now a Baseball commentator. He wrote a book called "The Bullpen Gospels" which got a lot of acclaim, and gets comparisons to the groundbreaking Ball Four by Jim Bouton,To be fair, I have not read that book. This is the sequel, which is why I picked it up so cheap. It is a comparable book, I am told, with some reviewers preferring the former, and some the latter. Also, let's be clear, in a world of 24 hour sports (multiple) networks, [...]

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    17. Hayhurst's writing is about what you'd expect from an intellectually curious professional baseball player, which is to say: passable. But that's fine. He's busy trying to put together a career in baseball and doesn't have time to go to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, I'm sure. This book, the sequel to his The Bullpen Gospels, picks up where that one left off, the fall/winter following the 2007 baseball season in which his team won the Double A championship. Hayhurst returns home to Canton, Ohio, and [...]

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    18. Jake Graziano4.5 out of 5 StarsSPOILER ALERTMaking it “Out of My league,” the second book in a trilogy by former Major League Baseball player Dirk Hayhurst is very similar to the series’ first book “The Bullpen Gospels” and in my opinion is slightly better. The book picks up right where the last left off and makes a very smooth transition into the second chapter in the career of Dirk Hayhurst. As was the case in “Bullpen Gospels,” it is not all about baseball on the field and also [...]

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    19. Dirk Hayhurst’s Out of My League continues the baseball journey he began in The Bullpen Gospels as he pursues his goal of becoming a pitcher in Major League Baseball. This book starts where the first book left off: his team having won the AA Championship, Hayhurst returns home for the off season.Out of My League contains two main story lines, the first of which is Hayhurst’s dream of the big leagues. The arc of this story begins with off-season workouts and then moves to spring training, ass [...]

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    20. Disappointing read after a great debut On some level, I feel bad giving a star rating to what is essentially a person's memoirs. The reader is simply reading recounting of a period of time in a persons life. Regardless of my final star rating, Dirk Hayhurst writes honestly and provides a telling story of his experience breaking into the majors.After reading The Bullpen Gospels, I was excited to read his second installment and was looking forward to his sarcasm and his comical take on life in the [...]

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    21. The Next ChapterIn Out of My League, Dirk Hayhurst returns for another home run; although, as a pitcher, he may prefer to refer to it as another strike out. Dirk rings 'em up in a similar style as he did The Bullpen Gospels, but takes enough new directions, enabling him to avoid repetitiveness. "I was naked and scared, stranded atop that patch of re dirt like an orphaned child." While the Baseball Reaper may be gone, many familiar faces, and some new ones, return, as Dirk attempts to press on to [...]

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    22. This was so different from 'Bullpen Gospels'. I'll sound like a cranky old man, but so be it. The book can be divided into three sections. One is about a late in life virgin falling madly in love, going from zero to whipped in less time than it takes to throw a fastball to the plate. Some people may like that, but to me it seemed a tad ridiculous. Shallow criticism, I know. I've never been a twenty seven year old virgin that proposes to a woman I met via online dating after barely a year of know [...]

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    23. This is Dirk's second book describing his experiences in baseball. This book focuses on the 2008 season. Dirk starts out in Triple A for the Portland Beavers and he ends the season with the San Diego Padres. We also get a glimpse into Dirk's personal life-his engagement and marriage to Bonnie and the adventures of dealing with his family which is a tad wacka-doodle, especially his grandma who calls his fiancé a whore when meeting her for the first time. Dirk doesn't hold anything back which I l [...]

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    24. Out of My League chronicles a pretty big year in Dirk Hayhurst's life. After several years of struggles to work his way to the top of the minor leagues, he is finally promoted to the majors. At the same time, he falls in love and plans a wedding with his fiancee Bonnie.This is supposed to be a baseball book, but it starts off as a love story. It starts out as a book about life in the minor leagues, but that's not where it ends up. It makes sense, sequentially, as you follow the course of Dirk's [...]

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    25. I recently finished Dirk Hayhurst's newest book, Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs. Like he did well in his first book, Hayhurst writes an eminently readable story, writing chapters of just three to four pages to make it extra easy on the reader, but not in a condescending way. It's easy to digest the story in manageable chunks, but it flows smoothly even through the frequent breaks. As a person rather obsessive about both baseball and grammar/spelling, I have to say I was disapp [...]

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    26. It's easy to root for Hayhurst - a career minor leaguer whose life in AAA baseball and below was chronicled hilariously in his previous book. This account is a little more serious as DH makes his way to the big leagues, but still has laugh out loud funny accounts of his team mates and what goes on in the clubhouse.DH walks a fine line very well - he specifically sets out to tell his story without throwing anyone else under the bus, while trying to give us an idea of what playing in the minors an [...]

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    27. Dirk Hayhurst acknowledges in his author notes that OUT OF MY LEAGUE is not a baseball tell-all. His point is not to "smear his fellow players or air the sport’s dirty laundry". He also doesn’t focus on the sport’s technicalities which makes the book enjoyable by all, not just baseball fans. Even so, there are plenty of tales of the bizarre and funny happenings, the diverse personalities in the clubhouse, the odd rituals and the tremendously different lives of minor and major league player [...]

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    28. Well, he did it again.What happens when you spend a dozen years of life busting your ass to try to become a Major League ballplayer, but then, upon making it, find that you don't belong there?"Out of My League", Dirk Hayhurst's second book, takes the readers a bit beyond the scope of his first book, whose focus was basically on what it was like to be a virgin who played Minor League baseball.This book covers the season that Hayhurst made it to the Major Leagues, but what really becomes an intere [...]

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    29. More of the same from Dirk Hayhurst. I felt like this needed more baseball and less home life, or perhaps just a better integration of the two worlds--which baseball events inform his home life and vice versa? The dialogue continues to sound melodramatic and unnatural. I just don't believe that people talk that way, nor do I believe that he can remember two pages of conversations. The pages of self loathing that came with each of his poor MLB pitching performances were hard to read, and maybe th [...]

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    30. A moving and highly-entertaining look at baseball-as-work, as a job, and how it, like all other jobs, affects our lives, how our lives and families affect our work and our jobs. Hayhurst doesn't try to tell us anything about the game of baseball itself that we don't already know; rather, he gives a heart-felt, wonderfully-written, and even hilarious narrative of the grind that the players go through. Sure, big leaguers are making tons of money to play a game, but Hayhurst shows us how the vast m [...]

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