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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dirk Hayhurst to play ball in Italy this year

The Non-Prospect will stay in Europe for another year to work out their fiscal crisis.

Dirk Hayhurst, author of “The Bullpen Gospels” and the upcoming “Out of my League,” is a personal favorite of mine. Yes, because of the books, but also because he lives in Ohio and I got to meet him last fall and I found that he is just as neat a guy in person as he is in print and on Twitter and stuff.

Anyone who has paid attention to his career since his first book came out knows that, after 25 major league games in 2008-09, he was first beset with injury and then, last year, was beset with being part of the Tampa Bay Rays organization which, unfortunately for Hayhurst, had way damn too many good pitchers.

It might be easy to get discouraged if you’re a guy like Hayhurst, but he’s not doing that.  No, rather than get upset at a system that is, by design, almost impossible to crack, he has decided to view his baseball career as an opportunity to experience neat stuff.  He just announced on Twitter that he’ll be playing baseball in Italy in 2012.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 31, 2012 at 03:57 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: February 01, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4051053)
I just ran across this news elsewhere. Mentions there that he has a second book coming out.
   2. Rusty Priske Posted: February 01, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4051061)
His second book "Out of My League" is due out this month, I believe. Advance copies are already out there.

He is also writing book 3, about his time with the Jays.

I am a big fan. :)

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