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Wild Pitches

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  150 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
"Dirk Hayhurst has done it again. . .Turns out he's a starter and a closer."

—Tim Kurkjian, ESPN

As a major and not-so-major league pitcher, Dirk Hayhurst has learned to master more than striking out batters. While waiting for his name to be called in the bullpen, he honed his gifts as a storyteller, one the New York Times calls the "best writer in a baseball uniform." In th
ebook, 144 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Citadel (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 14, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
This is a book of what could be considered the outtakes from Out of My League - fun to read if you liked the final product, but ultimately you can see why not everything makes it into a book - can also appreciate how editors shape material, as there are passages here that grammatically are almost incomprehensible (who did what to whom). I am also guessing that there was an automatic spellchecker and no one really read through it before it was published as an e-book, as there are errors that real ...more
Seth Heasley
Feb 09, 2013 Seth Heasley rated it really liked it
Dirk Hayhurst is a terrific and hilarious writer, and if you're at all into baseball, I highly recommend you pick him up. Wild Pitches is a sort of Deleted Scenes collection from his previous book, Out of My League, and it's more of the same. That is, awesome.

Full review on my blog
Justin Woodall
Feb 04, 2013 Justin Woodall rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book is exactly like the B-sides from your favorite bands last album. If you are a fan, you will enjoy, otherwise it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. There were some gems in here, but there was a lot of stuff you understood why it didn't make the cut.

But still, got to love the Garfoose.
Tyler Clarensau
Nov 14, 2015 Tyler Clarensau rated it liked it
Hayhurst is one of my favorite baseball writers. Out Of My League and The Bullpen Gospels were extremely compelling. The world of minor league baseball is so fascinating, and Hayhurst captures it well. I'm only giving this book 3 stars because it seems to be full of stuff that didn't make the cut for his other books. It's like hanging out with that hilarious friend on a day where they have the flu. It's still them, but you're definitely not getting their best. If you haven't read Hayhurst, start ...more
Scott Foshee
Feb 26, 2013 Scott Foshee rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Dirk Hayhurst's first two autobiographical books, "The Bullpen Gospels" and "Out of My League," both about being a longtime pitcher in minor and major league baseball. "Wild Pitches," which I could find only on Kindle (a bargain at less than $5), contains outtakes from "Out of My League." It is a fast and enjoyable read, and will whet your appetite for the first two full books. I came to think of "Wild Pitches" as the special bonus material to the Main Feature of "Out of ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Gregory rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction

If you like reading Dirk Hayhurst, and if you're a baseball fan it's hard to imagine not liking his stuff, then go buy Wild Pitches, a just released ebook with material that he had to cut from Out of My League because of space. At $3.82 you just can't lose.

My reviews of his first two books are here and here. Very funny, insightful guy.

His book chronicling his injury-plagued year with the Blue Jays is slated for 2014 release.
Rob Gouveia
Mar 06, 2014 Rob Gouveia rated it liked it
Nice supplement to his second book.
Colleen Whary
A little disappointed with this one. I loved Hayhurst's two prior books, The Bullpen Gospels and Out of My League. Wild Pitches was an e-book with previously edited excerpts from his prior books. Still, it is good for a laugh or two and I can't wait for his next book.
David Drysdale
Jan 31, 2013 David Drysdale rated it really liked it
I find something very refreshing about Hayhurst's writing. He's not the finest writer to ever take up baseball as his subject but he comes across as being so likeable that it's hard not to enjoy his work.
George Woodbury
Apr 02, 2013 George Woodbury rated it really liked it
This guy is a wonderful story teller. Can't wait until he puts something together for the big screen.
Trent Mctiernan
Apr 14, 2013 Trent Mctiernan rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Great little filler book.
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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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