The Bullpen Gospels

Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Upon its release, The Bullpen Gospels was a direct hit to the New York Times best seller list. With comparisons to Jim Boutons’s Ball Four, The Bullpen Gospels is slated to be a classic of the genre.

From the humble heights of a Class-A pitcher’s mound to the deflating lows of sleeping on his gun-toting grandmother’s air mattress, veteran reliever Dirk Hayhurst steps out of the bullpen to deliver the best pitch of his career—a raw and unflinching account of his life in the minors.

Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel or absorbing the gentle mockery of some not-quite-starstruck schoolchildren, Hayhurst reveals a side of baseball—and life—rarely seen on ESPN.

©2010 Dirk Hayhurst (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“One of the best baseball books ever written.” (Keith Olbermann)
“Hilarious, Poignant, a really enjoyable read.” (Bob Costas)
“Dirk Hayhurst has written a fascinating, funny and honest account on life in the minor leagues. I loved it.” (Tim Kurkjian, Senior Writer, analyst/reporter ESPN television)

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Outstanding book very well written

Dirk Hayhurst is outstanding. A life lesions book that happens to be about a journey through the minor leagues of major league baseball. My son played college baseball and told many of the same types of stories. Some of the funniest stuff I have ever read. The ending ties it all together. I will continue to recommend this book to anyone who will listen.

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A perfect seague from Ball Four

If you enjoyed Ball Four, this is a more modern version. The writer takes you through the baseball season as a minor league player. The difference is he's a little more graphic in the telling of the typical locker room humor I guess you would see in most sports clubs. You can't help but laugh, knowing there are grown men in the world still doing things when most of us were 15. The big winner is the narration. Ray Porter has quickly become my favorite voice artist.

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Funny and Honest Baseball Story

Solidly written, consistently funny and extremely well narrated. I don't normally read this sort of book, but I do love baseball and Ray Porter so I decided to give it a try.

This is an interesting account of the authors life as a minor league baseball player and gives great insight into that world. It kept me interested through most of the chapters but at times some of the player pranks got a bit long winded.

Again, Ray Porter was perfect.

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A great baseball read

What did you love best about The Bullpen Gospels?

Not your typical story of boy made good through sports. Hayhurst's self doubt and his ability to overcome it makes for a much more interesting story than the sophmoric pranks of minor leaguers. However, some of the antedotes about his teammates had me in tears I was laughing so hard.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bullpen Gospels?

The spiderman incident and Hayhurst's revenge with a real spider

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While it appears that Hayhurst's career as a pitcher may be over (I don't think he is pitching in the 2012 season), I cannot wait to read and hear more from him in the future whether it is about baseball or other topics. I find his humor and self exploration to be honest and refreshing.

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fun anecdotes from a year in minor league baseball

I love sports and have always been drawn to minor league athletes - those who pursue their dreams without the riches at hand. In this book, Dirk Hayhurst chronicles his year in single and double A baseball. The focus is off the field. The best parts were the humorous anecdotes that captured day-to-day life, and there were many very funny parts. The more serious parts about Dirk dealing with his difficult home situation were not as engaging, until near the end, when that story line finally grabbed me. There were times when Dirk got a bit too philosophical, but that was okay, and helped pull the whole experience together at the end. The narrator made this easy to listen to, but I wonder whether whether some of the whininess was from the reader's tone of voice or was truly capturing the author's intent. While I was not riveted to this story, I did enjoy it, smiled a lot, and even laughed out loud at times. I love baseball and hoped for a little more on-the-diamond stuff, but it was the off-field stuff that I looked for most, and I got that. Finally, one of my children is a minor league hockey player, and he felt that this book did accurately capture the true comradery, highs, and challenges of minor league sports.

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Great baseball story

If you could sum up The Bullpen Gospels in three words, what would they be?

This book makes you want to go & buy season tickets to your local baseball team. I am a big baseball fan so I thoughly enjoyed this book, but you do not have to be that into baseball to love this book, it is just a great STORY. It will have you laughing one minute and turn serious the next.

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The narrator was fantastic!

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Terrible

I've read a lot of baseball books and this might be the worst. Terribly disappointing since his first effort was at least tolerable.

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For Baseball Players Only

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As far as kangaroo court is concerned, this book is hilarious. Outside of that, this book is awful. Every story in this book is page turner, except for the kangaroo court stories and the few quick funny stories the players share. Must be a baseball fan/player to understand/like this book.