15
JUN
2016

Height Doesn’t Measure Heart, But it Does Measure…

  Marcus Stroman isn’t very tall. That’s a fact. Marcus Stroman doesn’t let his lack of height impede his competitive desire. Also a fact. Marcus Stroman can throw sinkers just as good as any tall guy in the game… False. Height doesn’t measure...
03
DEC
2015

A True Patriot

  I now work as the Director of Media Relations at a company called Patriot Software. We do payroll and accounting in the cloud. We focus on helping small business owners, and we provide stellar service for a very inexpensive price…………. Yeah, I know… It’s the not so epic...
28
SEP
2015

Choke Slamming Papelbon, Harper, and the System.

In baseball, nothing says your season is over like a closer strangling his MVP teammate, mid-game, on national television. There are other ways to signal irrelevance, of course, but Jonathan Papelbon taking Bryce Harper by his throat and slamming him into the concrete of the...
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...