- Hardcover: 340 pages
- Publisher: Citadel (March 1 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806534850
- ISBN-13: 978-0806534855
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #375,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs Hardcover – Mar 1 2012
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About the Author
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 on the Olbermann show on ESPN 2, and a panelist on TBS's coverage of the MLB postseason. Visit him at dirkhayhurst.com.
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Very few will ever have the balls to go so far illustrating their frustrations, family dramas and faults so well as this, and a beautiful love story to boot.
By Dirk Hayhurst
It's hard to believe that a person so modest and self-effacing as Dirk Hayhurst could ever dream of becoming a big league ballplayer. But those dreams are the subject of Hayhurst's auto-biographical book "Out of My League."
The book illuminates not only Hayhurst's struggles but the heartbreaking ups and downs of other minor league hopefuls as they strive to make The Bigs . It's not a pretty picture, quite gross at times.
Hayhurst has a great sense of humour and he's painfully honest about his shortcomings and hang-ups as a ballplayer and about his less than ideal family life. The result is an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and never giving up in pursuit of one's goals. After finally reaching the big leagues, however briefly, he realizes that's not all that life is about; that family life is far more important and that his real talent is as a writer.
This is Hayhurst's second book. I can't wait to read his first - The Bullpen Gospels.
He seems to have an intricate knowledge of the type of experiences and interpersonal relationships that the average reader and baseball fan would find interesting, and, in fact, I would go as far as suggesting that you probably do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy his books - although it certainly does not hurt.
While very entertaining and full of amusing stories, Out of My League, focuses more on the budding relationship between Dirk and Bonnie rather than the locker room hijinks and experiences of teammates in AAA and eventually the Major Leagues. While baseball is never far from the plot, I'd say this book provides more of a focus on the personal life of a baseball player than The Bullpen Gospels. That said, it is equally as insightful as the original, albeit a little less humorous. It does provide fascinating insight into the self-doubt and depression that someone who many would think are on the top of the world can experience. That, in itself, is reason enough to give the book a read.
Overall, if you have not read the Bullpen Gospels, I would suggest picking it up first. If you have read Hayhurst's original book, I would highly recommend reading this one as well, keeping in mind that you are reading a different book and that your expectations should be a little different for this one.
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