Out of My League by Dirk Hayhurst

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Dirk Hayhurst takes his level of writing up a notch after the success of his first book, "The Bullpen Gospels." It's a fine look at the pressures involved in the game at the Triple-A and major league level, especially those who aren't stars.
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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 that beg Dirk to answer, "How long can I afford to keep doing this?"

Then it finally happens--Dirk gets called up to the Majors, to play for the San Diego Padres. A dream comes true when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants, kicking off forty insane days and nights in the Bigs.

Like the classic games of baseball's history, Out of My League entertains from the first pitch to the last out, capturing the gritty realities of playing on the big stage, the comedy and camaraderie in the dugouts and locker rooms, and the hard-fought, personal journeys that drive our love of America's favorite pastime.

"A rare gem of a baseball book." --Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

"A fun read. . .This book shows why baseball is so often used as a metaphor for life." --Keith Olbermann

"Entertaining and engaging. . .reminiscent of Jim Bouton's Ball Four." --Booklist

"Observant, insightful, human, and hilarious." --Bob Costas
 

About Dirk Hayhurst

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Dirk Hayhurst is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Bullpen Gospels and Out of My League and the e-book Wild Pitches. Drafted from Kent State University in 2003 as a senior sign, Hayhurst has pitched professionally for nine years on more than eight minor league teams and three major league teams-the San Diego Padres, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Tampa Bay Rays. He is currently an analyst and color broadcaster for the Blue Jays and Sportsnet Toronto. Hayhurst was born in Canton, Ohio, and resides in the off-season in Hudson, Ohio, with his wife Bonnie, a music therapist. Visit him at www.dirkhayhurst.com.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Citadel. 417 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Apr 08 2013

Dirk Hayhurst takes his level of writing up a notch after the success of his first book, "The Bullpen Gospels." It's a fine look at the pressures involved in the game at the Triple-A and major league level, especially those who aren't stars.

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