1. Other Perks That Come Next for MLB Stars After Signing Big-Money Contracts

    Some people wonder what perks come with signing a big big league contract. I mean, one of the huge contracts...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 22 days ago 71,037 reads 17 comments

  2. MLB Pace-of-Play Changes Would Be Problematic, but Good for the Game

    Fact: Baseball players are natural whiners. Of course, I know this because I'm a whiner myself, and baseball was a perfect fit for me. Seriously, think about how much whining we do in the modern game and how ridiculous it is...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 86,270 reads 162 comments

  3. What Do MLB Players Really Do During the Long Offseason Months?

    For the casual fan, baseball's offseason is little more than an overhyped , slogan-riddled rumor fest with big names being thrown around like parade candy and speculation popping up from every media feed like unending weeds in a digital sidewalk...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 1 month ago 29,680 reads 12 comments

  4. Key to Thriving in Big-Game Pressure Is in Not Caring at All

    I still remember the day Rick Renteria called me into the tiny manager's office of the Lake Elsinore Storm to tell me that because of an injury to one of our starters, I would be leaving my role in the bullpen to bolster the rotation...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 2 months ago 15,204 reads 11 comments

  5. Making Sense of the MLB Postseason Short-Rest Pitching Debate

    Another MLB postseason means the return of the annual argument over whether baseball's top aces should attempt to save their teams' fates on short rest...

    Dirk  Hayhurst Written by Dirk Hayhurst about 2 months ago 36,035 reads 56 comments

  6. 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 3 months ago 22,029 reads 18 comments

  7. 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 3 months ago 22,325 reads 12 comments

  8. 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 4 months ago 28,875 reads 32 comments

  9. 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 4 months ago 58,777 reads 21 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 97,027 reads 65 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 50,066 reads 49 comments

  12. 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 5 months ago 70,840 reads 22 comments

  13. 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 5 months ago 37,994 reads 101 comments

  14. 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 6 months ago 91,844 reads 148 comments

  15. 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 6 months ago 100,701 reads 30 comments

  16. 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 6 months ago 40,988 reads 27 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 54,331 reads 74 comments

  18. 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 7 months ago 32,587 reads 44 comments

  19. 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 7 months ago 223,243 reads 168 comments

  20. 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 8 months ago 23,756 reads 17 comments

  21. 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 8 months ago 9,253 reads 5 comments

  22. 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 8 months ago 91,732 reads 157 comments

  23. 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 8 months ago 268,939 reads 177 comments

  24. 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 8 months ago 14,380 reads 30 comments

  25. 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 9 months ago 51,549 reads 87 comments