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Out of My League by Dirk Hayhurst
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May 08, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 15 to 24, 2012

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 disappointed in the editing of the book. Hayhurst's editor could have done him a lot of favors, not the least of which would have been ensuring the names of Dirk's teammates and opponents were spelled correctly. Hopefully Citadel Press will clean up the editing process in any further books by Hayhurst.

The story itself is engrossing. Any fan of baseball will enjoy the peek inside the game. The book hearkens back to Jim Bouton's Ball Four, but without the controversy and done with much more tact, protecting the more unsavory characters from being identified. I was easily drawn into the two major plotlines which were woven together, the stories of Dirk's baseball career and his upcoming marriage. My emotions rode right along with his because he very descriptively allowed me a window in.

I gave the book four out of five stars over on GoodReads, and I would definitely recommend it, especially to baseball fans and/or folks who enjoyed The Bullpen Gospels.

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Dave If you're going to criticize an author's spelling, you should probably learn the correct spelling/usage of "eminently."

Brad Touche! Well caught, sir.

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