1. Inside the Locker Room of an MLB Team with Nothing to Play For

    The best thing about being on a winning team is that it distracts you from how much you want to kill your teammates...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 14 days ago 20,061 reads 18 comments

  2. My Experiences as an MLB Rookie Hazing Victim

    In September 2008, I'd been called up to join the Padres. Actually, I came up about 10 days earlier in August, but I remained with the team through September because it was terrible...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 15 days ago 21,814 reads 12 comments

  3. What It's Like to Finally Get the Call-Up to 'The Show'

    It's 2008, and I’m on a rooftop at a high-end bar called the Sky Lounge. It’s the chief attraction at the Gaslamp Marriott Hotel, a five-star joint kitty-corner to one of baseball’s newest cathedrals, Petco Park...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 28,703 reads 32 comments

  4. Inside MLB Players' Gambling Habits, 25 Years After Pete Rose

    Portland, 2008. I'm standing at the entrance of the clubhouse, the cavernous confines of the now defunct Portland Beavers, staring at a list of horse names hastily scrawled in black magic marker across a hunk of brown cardboard...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 58,422 reads 21 comments

  5. A Look Inside Baseball's Ever-Evolving Stimulant Culture

    In the early days of my playing career, I thought having a big league rehabber join our minor league club was a good thing. I guess that in some cases it was, seeing as how he usually bought us food after the game he played in...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 96,674 reads 65 comments

  6. MLB Player's How-To Guide to Dealing with an Out-of-Control Heckler

    September, 2008. I’m up with the Padres, in the bullpen, playing the Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium. The relief core and I are pinned down in the small bunker-like section of the ...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 49,890 reads 49 comments

  7. 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 months ago 70,736 reads 22 comments

  8. 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 3 months ago 37,894 reads 101 comments

  9. 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 3 months ago 90,611 reads 148 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 99,850 reads 30 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 40,699 reads 27 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 54,172 reads 73 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 32,443 reads 44 comments

  14. 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 5 months ago 217,663 reads 165 comments

  15. 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 5 months ago 23,488 reads 17 comments

  16. 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 5 months ago 9,164 reads 5 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 91,255 reads 157 comments

  18. 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 6 months ago 268,755 reads 177 comments

  19. 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 6 months ago 14,263 reads 30 comments

  20. 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 6 months ago 51,425 reads 87 comments

  21. 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 11 months ago 102,702 reads 189 comments

  22. 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 12 months ago 10,182 reads 14 comments

  23. 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 12 months ago 4,858 reads 7 comments

  24. 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 12 months ago 10,229 reads 9 comments

  25. 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 12 months ago 2,971 reads 2 comments