28
JUN
2011

Minor League…err… High School Survival Tip?

Mr. Hayhurst,   I am a 16 year-old ball player from Wisconsin. Baseball is a huge part of my life, and I really loved your book… I’m am a pitcher myself, and have encountered some new adversity in these last few months. Like you, I don’t throw all that hard and rely on...
20
JUN
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #55. Stop Trying to Strike Everyone Out

Contact is your friend. College and high school may have been about showcasing your power arm, but the name of the game in pro ball is getting outs in an efficient, consistent manner. If you’re going to do that, you have to end your romance with the strikeout, and embrace the...
13
JUN
2011

Baseball: The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to You.

There is swearing in professional baseball, not to mention fighting, drinking, drugs, cheating, affairs, pornography, gambling, abuse, lying, stealing and just about everything else that would make your mother weep if she found out you were doing it. Naked.
07
JUN
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #30. The GM Game

The GM Game. You sit idly in the bullpen with nothing to do. You’re tired of hustling the locals with quarter toss games. Verbal sparring with drunks has lost its fun. Even the thrill of scouring the stands for hot chicks via your handy-dandy bullpen binoculars is gone. This...
05
JUN
2011

Personal Reflection / Becoming Someone.

I was asked to write this as the personal reflection for my senior seminar portfolio for graduation… I wanted to share it with you.   Becoming Someone. Unlike many who write this personal reflection, I have the luxury of writing about life in college from the years...
05
JUN
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #7. Bad Outing Recovery

When you pitch great it’s easy to walk into the weight room and knock out your postgame maintenance. Heck, sometimes you come into that weight room charged up and raring to do twice as much. You feel like superman, riding out the adrenaline of the game, marinating in your own...
04
JUN
2011

How to get Your Book Signed

How to get your book signed: Step 1: At the time of writing this, I am (or was?) a Durham Bull. However, team affiliations in baseball are a fickle thing and change often. I could easily be some other mascot by the time you get around to reading this. To better keep track of what...
03
JUN
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #9. Noise Canceling Headphones.

I’m going to give you three scenarios that all have something in common. Can you figure out what? Scenario 1: Locker rooms are loud, obnoxious places full of multiple conversations in multiple languages, each trying to be heard at the other’s expense. Flourishing card games,...