24
APR
2014

Pineda’s Neck

What’s wrong with the following statements about cheating? “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned to steroids to put me over the top.” “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned...
01
APR
2014

Sour Grapes

Yesterday I got called out by one of my former coworkers at Rogers for being/having  “sour grapes” because I spent most of opening day being snarky about the Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. This coworker hypothesized that my “new...
17
FEB
2014

The Right To Break.

I’m going to do my best here, but, as cliche as this sounds, words really can’t express how excited I am that my new book launch is almost here, and that another part of the Bullpen Gospels’ story will soon be in the hands of readers. Nor can words properly convey how thrilled I...
15
FEB
2014

The Proletariat is Right

If, dear minor league player, you decide to tell the general public of your disgust with professional baseball because, for the honor of allowing you to play among its chosen immortals, it’s paying you in stale beer and day old hotdogs, expect your words to echo off into...
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...
16
DEC
2013

Halladay

I remember when I first took serious notice of Roy Halladay. I’d been called up by the Padres to start a few games until Chris Young came back from the DL. Starting…heh, that’s generous. In fact, what I ended up doing was getting my ass kicked. Repeatedly. My...
14
DEC
2013

A Matter of Respect

After reading that Robinson Cano felt disrespected by the Yankees, I couldn’t help but think of my time with Pedro Martinez during the TBS post season coverage this year. Pedro and I were at a pre-production meeting, going over thoughts for the night’s post season...
12
DEC
2013

Thoughts on Home Plate Collision Rule Changes.

The ability to flatten a catcher who is blocking (or, lets face it, close to blocking) home plate has been in baseball since near time immemorial. Outlawing or otherwise mitigating home plate collisions, or any part of the game that’s been around as long, is bound to ruffle...
10
DEC
2013

After Cano

Now that the dust has settled on the Cano signing, I’d like to look back at what transpired between Cano, the Yankees, Seattle, and the fans. Mostly the fans. First, lets touch on something CC Sabathia said about Cano moving on. In an recent ESPN interview he said that...
25
OCT
2013

That Brown Crap on Your Hat

It seems to me that the safest place to stash some kind of ball-doctoring substance is right on the bill of your hat for the whole world to see. At least this way no one thinks you’re doing anything suspicious since there is no way you’d insult the collective intelligence of the...