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

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A humorous, candid and insightful memoir of Hayhurst's rookie season in the majors. . .Grade: Home Run. --Cleveland Plain Dealer

After six years in the minors, pitcher Dirk Hayhurst hopes 2008 is the year he breaks into the big leagues. But every time Dirk looks up, the bases are loaded with challenges--a wedding balancing on a blind hope, a family in chaos, and paychecks t
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Published February 26th 2013 by Citadel (first published February 28th 2012)
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Dec 14, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, baseball
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
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
Al Young
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,
Jun 25, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brent Soderstrum
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 li ...more
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
Aug 30, 2014 Chris Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jake Graziano
Jan 24, 2014 Jake Graziano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jake Graziano
4.5 out of 5 Stars
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
Peter Nolan
Jan 23, 2014 Peter Nolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2014 Meccam16 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt Mecca
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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
Jan 27, 2016 Spenser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars ~ Funny, entertaining and educational. Caught myself laughing out loud on many occasions as I read this the 2nd Hayhurst book. Great read for any true baseball fan. This is a follow-up to his first book written as a minor league ball player. This book starts off with Dirk playing AAA and ultimately being called up the the Bigs (SD Padres).

Dirk does a good job explaining the raw emotions, trials and tribulation as one finally goes from a career minor leaguer to actually being at the ML
Bill Sanborn
Mar 10, 2014 Bill Sanborn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2015 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dirk Hayhurst tells his own "survivor in the minors story" with an introspective eye and priceless anecdotes that elicit laughter, empathy and sorrow (in order of frequency) from the reader.

Most of us have not experienced anything like the hellish minor leagues so we cannot imagine what the "have-nots" of professional baseball world have to endure and what mind games have to be played in order to survive and make it to the Bigs.

I read a review which stated there was too much rambling in this boo
Feb 10, 2013 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
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.
Aug 03, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Edwards
Aug 31, 2015 Chris Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun Ogawa
Dirk Hayhurst, the author of this book, was a former MLB pitcher. His career record in MLB was 0-2 ERA: 5.72. Nobody can say he was a top MLB athlete. But that makes this book impressive.
"Out of my league" is the second book of the trilogy written about his professional baseball life, and, in this book, he finally promoted to MLB. This book does not focus on his each play in games but the backstage of his life: so many crazy baseball guys, bizarre convention among players, hierarchical relations
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,

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
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
Apr 23, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  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
Matt Simmons
Jan 14, 2013 Matt Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2012 Gregory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction

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
May 08, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeanne "Jem"
May 23, 2012 Jeanne "Jem" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2012 Sam Sattler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball, memoir
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
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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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