07
DEC
2014

Advice For Baseball Job Seekers

  A little while back an individual who was about to hatch from the business world and flutter into the real world asked me about getting a job in the baseball world. He’d sent out all his resumes, and, after months of anxious perseverating over whether his childhood dream...
21
JAN
2014

Bigger Than The Game Pre-Release Party

BOOK SIGNING AND EARLY RELEASE PARTY! Come out and join me, talk baseball, get an early copy of my new book ,Bigger Than The Game,  and get your other Hayhurst-ian books signed (and some free baseball cards from my playing days). I’ll even read a chapter or two for you if...
31
AUG
2013

Old Man Yells At Cloud: Tom Seaver & Survivorship Bias

I have a lot of time for Tom Seaver. He’s a stud, one of the best pitchers ever, and he sure as hell doesn’t need to listen to a guy with a career as short as mine to know it. Fortunately, I don’t need a long career to tell Seaver to pipe down with his “today’s pitchers are...
15
JUL
2013

Go [Expletive Deleted] Yourself, All-Star Game.

In 2008, I made the triple-A all-star team. I say made, but I was really asked to fill in for another guy who actually did make the team but was called up to the big leagues and therefore couldn’t attend. I didn’t want to go. I was given the usual shtick: it was a great...
18
MAY
2013

Dustin McGowan And The Ghost Of Chris Carpenter

Pardon me for not bubbling over with glee at what seems to be Dustin McGowan’s imminent big league return. I know I probably should be, especially if I’m the Blue Jays. Dustin McGowan has made nearly $3 million over the last four years, logging only 21 innings during that...
15
MAY
2013

Melky’s MRI VS Jim Negrych’s Future.

They say part of being a professional player means you don’t wish ill on your fellow teammates. I think that’s a load of BS. This game is as much about luck and opportunity as it is good play. Hell, I’d even venture to say it’s more luck and opportunity than good play. Case in...
01
SEP
2012

Dallas Does Steroids

For fans of the second book, Out Of My League, Here is an interesting story. Early on in my career, right after I got drafted, I remember sitting on the bus in ear shot of a drunken Dallas Preston. It was an off day, but we also had to travel on it so the coach let us have the...
29
AUG
2012

Avoidable Disappointment

Shame on you, Marcus Stroman. Shame on you. Am I the only one that is tired of hearing about players testing positive, only to go on and use an excuse that they have no business using? “I’m sorry,” they say, their eyes moving steadily across the pre-recorded...
08
JUN
2012

Stroman to Bigs Year One? Probably Not.

Telling die hard fans not to believe the hype—especially when the hype is about their own team—is like telling religious zealots their faith is completely made up. You’re going to get backlash no matter how sound or practical your reasoning is, simply because you are going...
06
APR
2012

Jays/Indians Home Opener

Here are a few observations I took from yesterday’s Jays/Indians marathon opener. There is always a lot of speculation around the beginning of the year. Fans tend to look at the opening day game results and extract some kind of foreshadowing from it, as if it will set the...
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