Dirk Hayhurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bullpen Gospels, Out of My League, Bigger Than the Game, and the e-book Wild Pitches. Drafted from Kent State University in 2003 as a senior sign, Hayhurst 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 has been a professional broadcaster and baseball analyst for the Toronto Blue Jays and Sportsnet Toronto, a contributor for ESPN with the Olbermann Show on ESPN 2, and a panelist on TBS's coverage of the MLB post season. Visit him at www.dirkhayhurst.com.
Hayhurst's (www.-dirkhayhurst.com) debut memoir recounts the author's experiences as a minor league pitcher working his way through the San Diego Padres organization. Mostly amusing and poignant but rarely hilarious or pithy, Bullpen Gospels conveys through a series of anecdotes what it's like to be an earnest, self-effacing minor leaguer who wonders whether he's good enough for the majors. Actor Ray Porter's narration is engaging and lively; he expertly captures the vocal nuances of the wide variety of colorful characters in Hayhurst's tale, from no-nonsense coaches to a foul-mouthed grandmother. Recommended for adult baseball fans interested in digging into life in the minor leagues and learning what goes on behind the scenes when the cameras are off. [First published in April and now in its fifth printing, the Citadel Pr. pb was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.