27
AUG
2015

Stroman and The Minor League Playoff Hustle

Marcus Stroman… The Blue Jay world seems fixated upon his return. Will he be healthy, will he contribute, what do all his tweets about feeling better than ever mean? Lets review what we know and take the rest in due time, shall we? First, Stroman’s knee is feeling...
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....
15
AUG
2015

Timely Heat

How about them underdog Yankees? Back in first, huh? Yeah, well, see, that’s what happens… There is something magical about the hungry underdog spirt, something about the chase as opposed to being chased. Actually, there is a lot of something. Interesting quote by Girardi, and...
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

Tips on Preparing For Your First Off-Season

  Congratulations on finishing up your first season in the minors. After a long college/high school year followed by this dip spit-scented slog through the bush leagues, you really do deserve a break. However, before you cram your team bag full logoed trinkets for mom and...
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...