1. Behind the Curtain of Clubhouse Drama of the MLB Trade Deadline

    In 2009, there was no bigger get on the Toronto Blue Jays roster come the trade deadline than Roy Halladay ...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 2 days ago 68,047 reads 22 comments

  2. Inside the Inferior All-Star Experience of a Non-MLB Superstar

    I have no love for the All-Star Game. Back in 2008, when I was in Triple-A with the Padres, I was asked if I'd attend the Triple-A All-Star Game as one of the team's representatives...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 16 days ago 37,616 reads 101 comments

  3. 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 1 month ago 89,875 reads 148 comments

  4. 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 1 month ago 98,489 reads 30 comments

  5. 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 40,371 reads 27 comments

  6. 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 53,976 reads 73 comments

  7. 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 2 months ago 32,300 reads 44 comments

  8. 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 3 months ago 196,791 reads 166 comments

  9. 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 3 months ago 23,252 reads 17 comments

  10. 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 9,080 reads 5 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 90,909 reads 164 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 268,580 reads 177 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 14,152 reads 30 comments

  14. 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 4 months ago 51,262 reads 87 comments

  15. 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 102,531 reads 200 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 10,127 reads 14 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 4,768 reads 8 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 10,138 reads 9 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 2,925 reads 2 comments

  20. 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 10 months ago 2,796 reads 2 comments

  21. 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 10 months ago 3,115 reads 16 comments

  22. 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 10 months ago 1,498 reads 6 comments

  23. 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 10 months ago 1,415 reads 2 comments

  24. 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 10 months ago 4,055 reads 2 comments

  25. 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 10 months ago 9,279 reads 39 comments