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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dirk Hayhurst Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the humble heights of a Class-A pitcher’s mound to the deflating lows of sleeping on his gun-toting grandmother’s air mattress, veteran reliever Dirk Hayhurst steps out of the bullpen to deliver the best pitch of his career—a raw and unflinching account of his life in the minor leagues. Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel or absorbing the gentle mockery of some not-quite-starstruck schoolchildren, Hayhurst reveals a side of baseball—and life—rarely seen on television.

Upon its release, The Bullpen Gospels became a New York Times bestseller; and with comparisons to Jim Boutons’s Ball Four, The Bullpen Gospels is slated to be a classic of the genre.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best baseball books ever written.”

    Keith Olbermann

  • “Hilarious, poignant, a really enjoyable read.”

    Bob Costas

  • “He has a message to deliver about the things that matter in life—and those that don’t. And he offers sage observations about the nature of celebrity and ambition, forgiveness and family…Mr. Hayhurst is already a writer, maybe even a major-league prospect.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • The Bullpen Gospels is a rollicking good bus ride of a book.”

    Sports Illustrated, editorial review

  • “Dirk Hayhurst has written a fascinating, funny and honest account on life in the minor leagues. I loved it.”

    Tim Kurkjian, senior writer, analyst/reporter ESPN television 

  • Bull Durham meets Ball Four.”

    ESPN.com, editorial review

  • “If Holden Caulfield could dial up his fastball to 90 mph, he might have written this funny, touching memoir about a ballplayer at a career—and life—crossroads. He might have called it Pitcher in the Rye. Instead, he left it to Dirk Hayhurst, the only writer in the business who can make you laugh, make you cry, and strike out Ryan Howard.”

    King Kaufman, Salon 

  • “Actor Ray Porter’s narration is engaging and lively; he expertly captures the vocal nuances of the wide variety of colorful characters in Hayhurst’s tale, from no-nonsense coaches to a foul-mouthed grandmother. Recommended for adult baseball fans interested in digging into life in the minor leagues and learning what goes on behind the scenes when the cameras are off.”

    Library Journal

  • “A true picture of baseball.”

    Tim McCarver

  • “Fascinating…a perspective that fans rarely see.”

    Trevor Hoffman, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers  

  • The Bullpen Gospels is a funny bone-tickling, tear duct-stimulating, feel-good story that will leave die-hard baseball fans—and die-hard human beings, for that matter—well, feeling good.”

    Bob Mitchell, author of Once Upon a Fastball

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 2/18/2014

    " A great read with lots of out loud laughs. Also some insightful and at times, poignant comments on life and how baseball can teach important lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tatiana | 2/13/2014

    " I picked this up originally for my brother who is a baseball fanatic, but in the end, I read it first. Hayhurst has an easy prose style and a knack for humor, and undeniable skill for bringing his situation to life. The minor leagues have never been so illuminated for me. I did, however, like Hayhurst's internal and family issues over the bullpen/clubhouse antics. A solid read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by mark | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent baseball book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kenneth | 2/5/2014

    " Fantastic book. Honestly one of the only books where I found myself having to stifle an audible laugh so as not to appear strange to those sitting around me. This book had everything I like: baseball, humor, life-lessons, behind te scenes information. I loved it; first 5 star book in some time. "

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About the Author
Author Dirk Hayhurst

Dirk Hayhurst, drafted from Kent State University in 2003 as a senior sign, has pitched professionally for seven seasons on seven minor-league teams, as well as for two big-league teams, the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays. Since 2007, he has blogged about baseball for Baseball America. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, he now lives in Hudson, Ohio, with his wife, Bonnie.