31
AUG
2015

Injury and Bad Communication: The Tolleson Effect.

Getting injured in professional baseball can be hell. Frankly speaking, getting injured in any walk of life can be hell, with the specific circle of hell you’ll occupy tightly correlated to the severity of your injury. However, for simplicity sake, lets keep this conversation...
25
AUG
2015

When I Was a Gay Athlete

  When I was fourteen, I made the worst decision of my life: joining my middle school wrestling team. It wasn’t the weight cutting or rolling around on dirty mats with sweaty boys that made it so bad. It wasn’t even the humiliation of wearing a singlet. It was what happened...
17
AUG
2015

Roster Shuffles and Tulo’s Struggles

Hutchison will head south to Buffalo so the Jays can keep him on his throwing program. The Jays have lots of off days coming up and when you’re having he kind of year Hutchison is, you get demoted so you can, “stay on schedule” instead of having the schedule rearranged for you....
14
AUG
2015

Smile, Crocodile

  I’ve played the role of sports analyst and player, and I can attest that the relationship between the two is a tenuous relationship at best.  Players see reporters as necessary evils. Reporters see players as sensitive man-boys who, if they could just check their egos long...
13
AUG
2015

Cowardice is Good For Business

Sonny Gray’s back wasn’t up for a day game against the Jays today. It was having spasms, and subsequently got Gray scratched from the contest. Of course, as soon as that happened, the internet caught fire with speculation over whether Sonny Gray’s back was actually spasming, or...
11
JUN
2015

The Road Ahead

Recently someone from my hometown got drafted and a slew of people—many i’ve not talked to in decades—came out of the woodwork, asking if I’d talk to the young man about what to expect on the professional journey. Short answer: Bad locker rooms, peanut butter and jelly, and hard,...
15
JAN
2015

My Brother = Sober for 9 Years

Hey everyone. I just wanted to let you know that my brother, Brak Hayhurst, has been sober for 9 years as of today, January 15, 2015     Many of you have read about him in The Bullpen Gospels or Out Of My League and write to ask how that is going. Well, here is your...
30
NOV
2014

8 Tips on Writing

A couple of days ago my EMBA classmates and I were hit with requirements for six papers at once. Four case study breakdowns and two final reports that are—because of the way the holidays are spread out over our class dates—due all at the same time. In total, it’s over 100 pages...
14
NOV
2014

Pace of Game… Or Lack Thereof

The following is form an article I wrote for Bleacher Report:  Fact: Baseball players are natural whiners. I know this, of course, because I’m a whiner myself, and baseball was a perfect fit for me. Seriously, think about how much whining we do in the modern game and how...
05
JUN
2014

Buehrle’s Timely 2014 & the Future of Baseball.

This piece was written for Sports On Earth. Ten wins against one loss with a 2.10 ERA is a hell of a way to start a season. If it was Justin Verlander, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey or Clayton Kershaw attached to those numbers, well, I’d be more than happy to dub the lucky...