Opening Day for Major League Baseball is Sunday.
Red Sox-Yankees. Then Braves-Cubs. Diamondbacks-Padres. Tampa Bay-Baltimore. And the season is on.
For relief pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, the path to the big leagues – the majors, “the show” – wasn’t exactly a fastball.
Hayhurst fought his way up through the minors. He played for the Fort Wayne Wizards, the Portland Beavers, the Mobile Bay Bears and more.
Now he’s made it — with the Toronto Blue Jays. And he’s telling the story of that long climb.
This Hour, On Point: The Bullpen Gospels, with Dirk Hayhurst.
Dirk Hayhurst joins us from Kent, Ohio. A pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays (currently on the disabled list), he’s the author of “The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran.” He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2003 and played for six years in the minors. He writes a blog for BaseballAmerica.
Read an excerpt from from “The Bullpen Gospels.”
Mel Antonen, baseball reporter for USA Today. He’s been covering spring training this year.