• The Bullpen Gospels

  • Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran
  • By: Dirk Hayhurst
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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By: Dirk Hayhurst
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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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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What an amazing find!

This book was included free with my account. I’m a so-so baseball fan. So, I gave it a try, and... OMG!!! Even if you’re not into baseball ball this is an awesome listen. An autobiography of a minor league baseball player (who eventually goes major) that’s less about baseball and more about the most interesting group of people who play it. Very well written and expertly read (by the legendary Ray Porter) there’s nothing to complain about. Don’t hesitate to listen to this book!!! I’m going to be looking up other books by Hayhurst. I’m all about it.

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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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Great Storytelling

I wasn't sure about this book because I thought it was another Ball Four ripoff but it didn't feel like that at all. It was a very good book and it offered a very interesting and entertaining telling of Minor League Baseball.

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good book, better listen.

The best audiobook performance I've ever heard. the stories are good, but whereany books make it difficult to remember who is who, the inflection and affectations make the people come to life.

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A great story about more than baseball.

What a find! This book is about a lot more than baseball, and I enjoyed every second of it.

I found myself interacting with the story throughout and I think that is the highest complement I could give.

Would highly recommend.

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Ugh. Baseball’s answer to The Sorrow and The Pity.

This book was a throughly depressing listen/read. Then again, reality is never uplifting to begin with. This was a story of a below average minor league pitcher and his family who broke down because of the ravages of life. The author’s teammates were more interesting. The author can write, but only when he’s in pain. Boring book, but a way to pass the time.

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wonderful read as a parent and youth coach

I loved this many aspects. as a father I believe this will help me especially since I'm also a coach. I believe this will help me with kids and parents in trying to let them understand the weight of the pedestal and the simple words of im proud of you. I want to drive the kids in baseball to their talents but I want them to understand the mental side of it too. you have to have an equilibrium of the game yourself. not just you are a baseball player, but you are person and have value beyond the game. baseball is a game that can help in life or hender it and I believe it is our responsibility to try show it that way

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Introspection with baseball career as a pretext

This was a very intriguing book. I had no idea what it was I was going to be hearing and based on the reviews I thought it was going to be a lighthearted look back at a minor-league career. While there is plenty of that in the book, the author is much more than a ballplayer. He is introspective and a thinker. I would say that if you’re a fan of Bull Durham, this would be like Crash Davis writing a book about his baseball career.

That analogy just came to me as I was writing this review, but I do think it’s apropos. Yes alot of disgusting behavior is described in the book, but if you are dumb enough to think you’re going to read a book about life in the minor leagues and not encounter something sophomoric (or worse) I’m not sure you should be writing a review about a book like this.

The narrator was outstanding. His ability to voice the various characters and read the author’s thoughts in an empathetic way makes for a very good listening experience. I would certainly listen to another book that Ray Porter reads. I will likely listen to or read another one of Dirk Hayhurst books as well. That’s how highly I thought of the book.

This isn’t meant to be a spoiler but this is not an audiobook to listen to in front of kids in my opinion. There’s enough adult content in the book that you should listen to it or read it first before sharing such as with a 10 or 12-year-old kid.

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Grand Slam!!!

Very well written and very well read book! Lots of highs and deep lows! Fun listening!!!