Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs

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Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs

Format:  Hardcover,

406 pages

Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9780806534855

ISBN-10: 0806534850

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Picking up where the "New York Times" bestseller "The Bullpen Gospels" leaves off, "Out of My League" continues Hayhurst's hilarious roller-coaster baseball odyssey through his rookie season.


Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9780806534855
ISBN-10: 0806534850
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 406
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.12
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780806534855


Review by Library Journal (2012-02-03)

Hayhurst writes an engaging tale not to be confused with George Plimpton's 1961 book of the same title about Plimpton's attempt as an amateur to pitch against the MLB All Stars. Hayhurst's story is authentic baseball: picture a smart young college student from Kent State University trying to live out a baseball dream. He bounces around the minors for years before his call to glory with the San Diego Padres in 2008. His big league time is short-lived, however, but he learns many lessons-especially about the importance of family-along the way.

In short, this is a humorous, heartfelt, but gritty tale of the nomadic baseball life. It's a sequel to the author's best-selling The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran. Hayhurst has contributed pieces to www.baseballamerica.com, and his literary skill carries the tale here.

Verdict: Pat Jordan's memoir, A Flase Spring (1975), republished in 2005, sets the standard for baseball books about aspiring rookies who ultimately fail to make the grade. Hayhurst's new book measures up very well against it. Recommended to all baseball fans.

-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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