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The Bullpen Gospels – reviewed by Nationals Fangirls

The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran, by Dirk Hayhurst.
Reviewed by: Nationals Fangirls

I first found Dirk Hayhurst in 2007 when my dad sent me a link to his Non Prospect Diary. His stories were hilarious, and the Joys of Manning the Ball Bucket is one of my favorites. Once later that year and once in 2008, I emailed him with rookie-fan questions:

“Why do I feel like such a loser around ballplayers when I’m really just a big fan?”  Though I’m sure he thought it, he never said, “because you are.” And, “I’m always star struck around ballplayers, any tips for more meaningful interaction in autograph lines?” (cringe)

He left a huge impression because he responded to both emails, respectfully and articulately, taking the time to explain, with examples, reasons why ballplayers do what they do, and things fans should remember about ballplayers as people. Common sense things, of course, but what ballplayer takes the time to explain it to a fan? And I wasn’t even a Padres fan, the team whose system he was a part of at the time… Read more | Buy the Book

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Keith Olbermann’s Baseball Nerd is one of the most-viewed MLBlogs in this community, and he frequently addresses book subjects in his posts. Recent examples include a doubleheader review of Baseball Prospectus 2010 and Mike Vaccaro’s The First Fall Classic, followed by an early review of The Bullpen Gospels authored by rehabbing Blue Jays reliever Dirk Hayhurst.

As a followup to that, Olbermann used his MLBlog to break the first news that The Bullpen Gospels would be debuting at No. 19 on The New York Times bestseller list for non-fiction paperbacks. In fact, Gospels penetration into the marketplace has become a virtual beat for Keith, as you can see from his tagged Dirk Hayhurst entries.

Feel free to leave your own mini-reviews of Dirk’s book right here in the comments, or include a link to your own review.

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