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

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  816 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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.
Paperback, 406 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Citadel
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Mark
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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My Book Addiction and More MBA
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 players. He ...more
Brian
One of the reasons I love minor league baseball is: you can see the work that goes into it. I'm sure that Mike Trout, say, would be a perfectly good accountant or mechanic or lawyer or whatever if he put his mind to it.... but here's a guy who can take a darting, dancing 95 mph pitch and slap it 400 feet over the wall, seemingly at will. Why would he ever do anything else? He succeeds at baseball with the majestic, inexorable force of gravity.

For guys like Dirk Hayhurst, though, it's work. Base
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John
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!)
Dustin Gaughran
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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Kevin Kirkhoff
I've never heard of Dirk Hayhurst, but I love baseball books. I went to the library to check-out The Bullpen Gospels. It wasn't there but this one was. This book was so entertaining. There are 75 chapters, but each one is usually around five pages. The book centers around his last year in AAA Portland and call-up to the Padres. There's also a lot of his relationship with Bonnie and his parents. Some of the players portrayed are renamed and could be a conglomeration of several players. Dirk is ve ...more
Chris Witt
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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Jake Graziano
Jake Graziano
4.5 out of 5 Stars
SPOILER ALERT
Making 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 takes a deep l
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Peter Nolan
The Next Chapter
In 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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Matt Mecca
Ms. Pryle
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24 January 2014
From 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 best b
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Bill Sanborn
Being an avid sports fan and playing baseball for the majority of my childhood, I was curious to read a book like this about what the life of a minor leaguer truly is like. Honestly, I had never heard of Dirk Hayhurst before but it was an enjoyable read to learn what his life was like being a minor league relief pitcher who actually did get a chance at the Big Show for a bit.
I enjoyed how he applied his experiences in baseball to his personal life as well and how it helped round him out as a per
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Jared
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.
Tom
Dude, you made it to AAA and are getting ready for the "Bigs", way to go. But now you are in fierce competition with your team mates who have the same goal.

Will there be petty jealousies? Heartbreak? Doubts? Struggles?

Now for culture shock, he is called up and the comparison between the Major League and he Minor League cannot be fathomed. It is beyond believe and description. Baseball lovers, read this book. I have been following the games since the late 1940's and the is the first I learned of
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Angie
This book gives an interesting inside look into how minor and major league clubhouses function. A little long at times, author Hayhurst's words come off a little forced. He appears to use "big words" in order to be viewed as a legit author.
I do like his humility and honesty. Hayhurst came from a troubled background and shares some intimate family pastimes.
I picked this book to read, though, to find out the juicy details of life as a minor league and Major League Baseball player. The book, inde
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Kevin
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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Jeremiah

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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Tim "The Enchanter"
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 th
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Ken
Apr 23, 2012 Ken rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed The Bullpen Gospels.
Shelves: nonfiction
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, assignm
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Matt Simmons
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 ...more
Gregory
From http://weeksnotice.blogspot.com/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
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Brad
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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Jeanne
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 players. He ...more
Sam Sattler
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 will ...more
Al
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 ...more
Jerry Smith
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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Scott Foshee
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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Julie Barrett
OUT OF MY LEAGUE by Dirk Hayhurst
This book is written by and spoken from Dirk's point of view as he is the one going through all of it.
Talk of him growing up in his family where his dad would help him by coaching in baseball. Over time it's all Dirk wants to do.
Being in the minor league hasn't amounted to a big pay check and because of what he shows on the mound he is moved to the major league where things turn around ten fold for him.
Liked how he handled the let down of losing a game and that
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John
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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Ben
Sep 04, 2012 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All baseball fans
Continuing Dirk Hayhurst's quest to make it to the major leagues (from the title, you can guess whether or not he made it). I inevitably made comparisons to Hayhurst's first book, "The Bullpen Gospels", and it's not quite as good (it's still very good though). He spends a lot of time early in the book on his new relationship, and less overall on the hijinks of his minor league teammates. To be fair, if he had just chosen to reiterate new versions of the stories he had previously told, he may not ...more
Jayne Gordon
I'm a huge baseball fan so thought this behind-the-scenes book would be fun to read. Not. I decided to quit after reading 161 pages. I rarely put a book down before I've finished it, and rarely write a review about an unfinished book. However, this book was too long, too dull and not fun or interesting enough to slog through to the end. There are too many books in my to-be-read pile to waste any more time on this one. Disappointed.
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Drafted from Kent State University in 2003 as a senior sign, Dirk Hayhurst has pitched professionally for nine years on more 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 ...more
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