1. Is Chewing Tobacco Really a Performance-Enhancing Drug in Baseball?

    A while back, Bob Klapisch of The Record of Bergen County (New Jersey) discussed smokeless tobacco in baseball on The Dan Patrick Show , making comments about how smokeless tobacco was, in fact, a type of performance-enhancing drug...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 10 days ago 89,110 reads 147 comments

  2. An Insider's Guide to Baseball's Mysterious 'Eephus' Pitch

    The first time I saw Dave LaRoche pitch was on the windswept home bullpen mound of the Las Vegas 51s. I’d seen him throw batting practice before, but that didn ’t count...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 22 days ago 97,940 reads 30 comments

  3. MLB Draftee Do's and Don'ts: The Minor League Survival Manual

    Congratulations, you’ve just been selected in the 2014 baseball amateur player draft! The baseball gods have smiled on you, and the world is your oyster...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 40,168 reads 27 comments

  4. Twice Rejected, Third Time Was the Charm in Painful Road to MLB Draftee

    Nothing good ever seemed to happen to my family. When I was 13, my dad fell off the roof of our house while laying shingles...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 53,877 reads 73 comments

  5. Walking the Career-Threatening Injury Road with a Former MLB Pitcher

    No one tells you how ashamed you'll feel when it happens. No one tells you how, after years of keeping pace with macho egos trying to prove they are the strongest; years of pushing ...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 32,235 reads 44 comments

  6. An Inside Look into the Harsh Conditions of Minor League Baseball

    On the walls of every minor league locker room, where rosters and travel schedules are pinned, you will find sign-up sheets for what are known as "player appearances...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 191,311 reads 166 comments

  7. The Real Secrets to Team Chemistry in Baseball and How It Can Help a Team

    Team chemistry. Every baseball season, you hear about it as if it's supposed to tell you something. It comes wrapped in tidy little axioms, like, "The team is really getting along, and that's why it's winning...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 2 months ago 23,169 reads 17 comments

  8. Inside Look into Both Sides of MLB's Delicate Writer-Player Relationship

    When I first met R.A. Dickey, I didn’t know what to talk to him about. I was new to the baseball analyst/columnist/broadcaster/correspondent thing, and I didn’t have a plan for interviewing a player...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 3 months ago 9,037 reads 5 comments

  9. Is There a Racial Dividing Line in Present-Day Baseball Clubhouses?

    “This team has too many Latinos on it to win,” mused the old scout beside me. “Get too many of them together on a club and they take over. The club divides, has no sense of itself...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 3 months ago 90,787 reads 164 comments

  10. Inside the Not-so-Secret Art of Pitchers Using Foreign Substances on the Mound

    Thursday night during the Yankees vs. Red Sox game, Michael Pineda cheated, plain and simple. There was enough pine tar, Firm Grip, Valvoline or Jell-O pudding on the palm ...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 3 months ago 268,513 reads 177 comments

  11. A Look Inside the Grudge and Payback Culture in Baseball

    It's hard to hit a batter. Honest. As big as some of them are, it's still hard for a pitcher, who has trained his entire life to hit that down-and-away location, to suddenly defy ...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 3 months ago 14,110 reads 30 comments

  12. How Known-PED Offenders Are Treated Within a Baseball Clubhouse

    Most teams would be doing cartwheels at the thought of having a five-time All-Star with a career slash of .312/.373/.563 back in the lineup...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 3 months ago 51,195 reads 87 comments

  13. Did Jon Lester Load Up in Game 1? Sure He Did, but He Did It Wrong

    As the baseball world debates what Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester had on his glove in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, it seems to me that the safest place to ...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 102,485 reads 200 comments

  14. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals NLCS: Game 1 & 2 Pitching Breakdown

    The National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals will feature some interesting pitching matchups early on...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 10,113 reads 14 comments

  15. A's vs. Tigers ALDS Game 5: Sonny Gray to Start Over Bartolo Colon

    Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics will feature rookie Sonny Gray as the starting pitcher for the A's...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 4,738 reads 8 comments

  16. Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals NLDS Game 5: Pitching Breakdown

    Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will feature Pirates' rookie-phenom Gerrit Cole facing the Cardinals' dominant ace, Adam Wainwright ...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 10,111 reads 9 comments

  17. ALDS Game 4 Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers: How to Silence Fielder and Cabrera

    The Oakland A's are up 2-1 in the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, but their work isn't done just yet...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 2,913 reads 2 comments

  18. Gary Sheffield Reveals the Secret Behind MLB Postseason Hitting

    Former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst got the secret behind postseason hitting from a member of the 500 club, Mr. Gary Sheffield. Sheffield reveals his hitting tips in the latest edition of "Behind the Mic...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 2,774 reads 2 comments

  19. NLDS Game 3 Breakdown: Cardinals' Joe Kelly vs. Pirates' Francisco Liriano

    Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates will feature the Cardinals' Joe Kelly facing dominant lefty Francisco Liriano of the Pirates...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 3,094 reads 16 comments

  20. ALDS Game 1 Pitching Breakdown: Tigers' Max Scherzer vs. A's' Bartolo Colon

    Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's will feature 21-game winner Max Scherzer facing ageless wonder Bartolo Colon...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 1,483 reads 6 comments

  21. NLDS Game 2 Pitching Breakdown: Dodgers' Zack Greinke vs. Braves' Mike Minor

    Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves will feature veteran Zack Greinke squaring off against crafty lefty Mike Minor...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 1,402 reads 2 comments

  22. NLDS Game 1 Pitching Breakdown: Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw vs. Braves' Kris Medlen

    Game 1 of the NLDS will feature two of MLB 's best young arms, as the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw squares off against the Atlanta Braves' Kris Medlen...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 4,040 reads 2 comments

  23. Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians AL Wild Card Game 2013 Preview

    I'm not going to waste your time beating around the bush with some gushing narrative about heart and hustle in a town that really needs a team to root for...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 9,256 reads 39 comments

  24. AL Wild Card Game Pitching Matchup: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians

    The AL Wild Card Game will feature Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb squaring off against Indians fire-baller Danny Salazar Wednesday night. The two teams will battle for the right to face the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 9 months ago 2,705 reads 4 comments

  25. Marcus Stroman: Forget the Hype, Blue Jays' First-Round Pick Needs Time to Adapt

    Telling die-hard baseball fans not to believe the hype—especially when the hype is about their own team—is like telling religious zealots their faith is completely made up...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 2 years ago 2,834 reads 11 comments