19
SEP
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #24—Learn How and When to Cheat

No no no—not steroids. I’m not talking about the kind of cheating wherein in you put your life in jeopardy. I’m talking about the kind of stuff that an umpire like Joe West would have a conniption about if he caught you doing it. The kind of stuff Gaylord Perry, Whitey Ford, or...
17
SEP
2011

What to Charge You For

“Woa, Lady, how did this become my problem?” I barked into the phone’s receiver. The property manager from the Hampton’s apartment complex, the place the team stayed at in Durham, was on the phone with me. She had a sweet Carolina countenance to her—until I started yelling,...
12
SEP
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #26- Stop Worrying About Your Damn Shoes

Shoe cleanliness is a big deal to ball players. Don’t’ ask me why—They’re just going to get them dirty again. If you’re the pitcher, they’ll be dirty before you even get on the game mound because you have to warm up first. Hell, if they’re clean, that means you aren’t playing so...
30
AUG
2011

Getting Released

First, a deep and profound thank you to all the people who took the time to wish me good luck and stay strong via email, tweet, or blog comment. Things like that make me feel like my primary goal of somehow, someway becoming more than just another uniform occupant during my time...
28
AUG
2011

For The LIke of The Game

  A couple of days ago, I was talking to a front office guy with the Bulls about how I got propositioned to write an article about life on the famous Durham Bulls baseball club. I said that I wanted to write about what minor league life is really like (a bad habit I have,...
23
AUG
2011

The Clubby Starter Kit

Here you’ll find all the stuff you need to start your first club house food catering business: Cheeseballs— an absolute must, the bigger the barrel, the better— animal crackers, pretzel rods, Twizzlers, candy, and, of course, the staple of any minor league diet; peanut...
14
AUG
2011

Getting Stamped

I didn’t know what to expect upon my entrance in the professional baseball ranks. To that point, all I had to go on were the exaggerated folk tales spread by my college teammates who had a buddy with a buddy who was playing in some minor league dump while acting like he was the...
10
AUG
2011

Showing Your Teeth

Hanz was pissed, and he should have been. It’s not every day the field coordinator tells you that, yes, your suspicions are correct, he’s racist and the reason Hanz is going back to rookie ball while a certain inexperienced, less talented Latin player is heading up to a full...
16
JUL
2011

Price and His Wonderful Fastball

Here is something you will hear pitching coaches say rather often in my business: “You pitch with your fastball.” Most fans seem to think a pitcher is made by one choice pitch or another, but really, they are all made by how well they use their fastball, or variations...
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...