Dirk Hayhurst

Dirk Von Hayhurst (born March 24, 1981) is an American author and broadcaster, and formerly a professional baseball pitcher. Hayhurst played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres in 2008 and for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009. Following the end of his playing career, Hayhurst wrote four books about his experiences in professional baseball.

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Hayhurst as a member of the San Diego Padres.
Born: March 24, 1981 (age 38)
Canton, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 23, 2008, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 2009, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–2
Earned run average5.72

Early life

Hayhurst attended Canton South High School in Canton, Ohio. He enrolled at Kent State University, and played college baseball for the Kent State Golden Flashes for four seasons from 2000 through 2003. He played collegiate summer baseball with the Bethesda Big Train in 2001.

Professional career


San Diego Padres

Hayhurst was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 8th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. He was called up from the Triple-A Portland Beavers and made his major league debut on August 23, 2008, for the San Diego Padres against Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.

Toronto Blue Jays

Hayhurst was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on October 6, 2008, but was released four months later before the season started, and re-signed to a minor league deal.[1] On June 2, 2009, Hayhurst's contract was purchased by the Blue Jays from their Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s.[2]

Hayhurst missed the entire 2010 season while on the disabled list following surgery on his right shoulder.[3] He was sent outright to the minors following the season.

Tampa Bay Rays

Prior to the 2011 season, Hayhurst signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays with an invitation to spring training.[4][5] Hayhurst was interviewed by Frank Stasio for North Carolina Public Radio's The State of Things on June 27, 2011 about his time playing for the Durham Bulls. He was later released from his contract on August 29, 2011.


After his release from Tampa, Hayhurst began to appear regularly as a baseball insider on TSN Radio 1050. On June 8, 2012, Hayhurst announced that he signed with Rogers owned Sportsnet 590 The Fan to co-host Baseball Central alongside Sam Cosentino, starting July 3, 2012.

Hayhurst continued to work for Sportsnet during the 2013 season. During Spring Training, he worked as a colour analyst on radio and web broadcasts. He has performed colour analyst duties on radio broadcasts when Jack Morris was either off or working on television.

Hayhurst was hired by TBS as a TV studio analyst for the 2013 MLB postseason.


On May 1, 2013, Hayhurst accused Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz of cheating. Hayhurst claimed that he observed Buchholz "loading the ball" by using Crisco or sunscreen to change the movement of the ball.[6] Buchholz and the Red Sox responded by claiming the substance seen on his arm was rosin, used legally to aid the grip of a pitcher.[7]

On July 4, J. P. Arencibia responded to Hayhurst's criticism of his defensive play, as well as his struggles at the plate during the first half of the season. Arencibia commented, in regards to Hayhurst and Gregg Zaun, that "...speaking for myself and the team, there's not one person in our clubhouse that respects those guys". Arencibia went on to say that Hayhurst was a "below-average player" during the time they spent in Triple-A.[8]

In an October 5, 2013 broadcast following Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, Hayhurst and fellow commentator Tom Verducci criticized Rays pitcher David Price for his performance in the game, in which Price gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in seven innings as the Rays lost to the Red Sox. Price responded via Twitter: "Dirk Hayhurst...COULDNT hack it...Tom Verducci wasn't even a water boy in high school...but yet they can still bash a player...SAVE IT NERDS".[9] Price apologized the next day.[10][11]

Personal life

Hayhurst was well known for his popular 'Non-Prospect Diary' for Baseball America and he has also contributed numerous articles to his hometown newspaper, The Repository.

His book about his time in the minor leagues, The Bullpen Gospels, was published on March 30, 2010. Keith Olbermann plugged the book on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, saying it "might be one of the best baseball books written in forty years." The Bullpen Gospels debuted on the Paperback Non-fiction New York Times Best Sellers List at #19.[12]

His second book, Out Of My League, was published in 2012. His third book, Wild Pitches, was released in 2013. It consisted of stories cut out of Out of My League. His fourth book, Bigger Than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life, was released February 25, 2014.[13]


  1. ^ "Blue Jays agree to terms with Hayhurst". Toronto.bluejays.mlb.com. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Gaston has vested interest in Hayhurst | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Dirk Hayhurst of Toronto Blue Jays placed on 60-day DL, expected to miss most of season – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. February 21, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Hayhurst among five signing minor league deals with Rays". Tsn.ca. January 21, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Smith, Joseph (January 21, 2011). "Rays sign five to minor league deals". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Dakers, Tom (May 2, 2013). "Dirk Hayhurst: Clay Buchholz was "loading the ball"". BlueBirdBanter.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  7. ^ Davidi, Shi (May 2, 2013). "Buccholz laughs off doctored ball speculation". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Rush, Curtis (July 4, 2013). "J.P. Arencibia fires back at Blue Jays TV analysts Dirk Hayhurst, Gregg Zaun". TheStar.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
  9. ^ Frager, Ray. "Rays' Price apologizes for tweets". Fox Sports. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  10. ^ Gordon Edes, David Price sorry for Twitter rant, from ESPN.com (October 7, 2013). Retrieved on October 9, 2013.
  11. ^ Scott Lauber, David Price apologizes to David Ortiz, TBS analysts, Boston Herald (October 7, 2013). Retrieved on October 9, 2013.
  12. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - April 18, 2010 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  13. ^ Dakers, Tom (February 25, 2014). "Book Review: Dirk Hayhurst's Bigger Than the Game". bluebirdbanter.com. Retrieved July 25, 2014.

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2002 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2002 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament took place in May 2002. The top six regular season finishers met in the double-elimination tournament held at Warren E. Steller Field on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. This was the fourteenth Mid-American Conference postseason tournament to determine a champion. Third seed Kent State won their second consecutive and fourth overall tournament championship to earn the conference's automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2003 San Diego Padres season

The 2003 San Diego Padres season was the 35th season in franchise history.

2009 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 2009 Toronto Blue Jays season was the franchise's 33rd in Major League Baseball, and the 20th full season of play at the Rogers Centre. The team was managed by Cito Gaston, who was hired by the team midway through the 2008 season. General Manager J. P. Ricciardi was fired on the penultimate day of the season, as the team again failed to make the playoffs. He was replaced by Assistant General Manager Alex Anthopoulos.

The team started the season well, and was in first place in the American League East with a 27–14 record. The team was swept by the Red Sox at Fenway Park from May 19 to 21, the first of nine straight losses that ultimately led to a disappointing season with a record of 75–87, 28 games behind the division lead, and 20 games behind the wild card spot. It was the first time that Toronto had finished with a losing record since 2005, when they finished 80–82.

Bethesda Big Train

The Bethesda Big Train is a collegiate summer baseball team based in Bethesda, Maryland. Most of its players are drawn from the college ranks. The team is a member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL), and derives its name from the nickname of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson, who was a Bethesda resident for ten years. The Big Train plays its home games at Shirley Povich Field. Big Train is owned and operated by the non-profit The Bethesda Community Base Ball Club, Inc., and is funded through merchandise sales, sponsorship donations, ticket sales and other fundraising efforts at games. As of August 2018, 168 Big Train alumni have played professional baseball, including 14 in the major leagues.


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Due to its location near the bottom of the AM dial, as well as its transmitter power and height, CJCL covers most of southern Ontario during the day. The station's signal is directional from north to south to protect various lower-powered radio stations east and west of the station; the station, despite not having clear-channel status, can be heard through a stretch of eastern Appalachia at night under ideal conditions.

Canton South High School

Canton South High School is a public high school in Canton Township, Stark County, Ohio, United States. The school, typically enrolling around 800 students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, is the only high school in the Canton Local School District. It is a member school of the former Stark County Board of Education (now known as the Stark County Educational Service Center).The school's athletic teams are known as the Canton South Wildcats, and are part of the Eastern Buckeye Conference of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.It is currently under construction; a new school was planned by early 2017.

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Hayhurst is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Albert Hayhurst (1905–1991), English cricketer and footballer

Andy Hayhurst (born 1962), former English cricketer

Dirk Hayhurst (born 1981), Major League Baseball pitcher and author

France-Hayhurst family lived in Bostock Hall near to Middlewich in Cheshire, England from 1775

Terry Hayhurst, top ranked Professional Canadian Dart Player

Tom Hayhurst, former city council member from Fort Wayne, Indiana

Will Hayhurst (born 1994), professional footballer

William Hayhurst (born 1887), farmer, principal, teacher, businessman and a Canadian federal politician

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