Dirk Hayhurst Unplugged: Minor League Extortion, Porn In Broadcast Booth & More Former major league baseball pitcher and broadcaster talks about life in the minor leagues and how broken the system is and how sexism transferred over to the broadcast booth too and much more.

<span class="entry-title-primary">Dirk Hayhurst Unplugged: Minor League Extortion, Porn In Broadcast Booth & More</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Former major league baseball pitcher and broadcaster talks about life in the minor leagues and how broken the system is and how sexism transferred over to the broadcast booth too and much more.</span>

By TSM

New York Times best-selling author and former major league baseball player and broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst openly talks about the “un-glorifying” life of a minor league baseball player, the transition to broadcasting and the extension of the sexual harassment/ misogyny of the locker room into the broadcast booth with Jonah Sigel In The Pressrow brought to you by Bleav.

While others in minor league baseball were holding on to dreams and living the stereotypical life of minor leaguers, Dirk Hayhurst was writing down stories that turned into best-selling novels. Keith Olbermann said of one book, it “might be one of the best baseball books written in forty years.” That specific book, The Bullpen Gospels, debuted on the Paperback Non-fiction New York Times Best Sellers List at #19.

Hayhurst talks about how awful and unfair the minor league baseball system is, how he blew it in Toronto (his words) and how one of his media outlets resembled what many would have considered akin to a scene from Animal House, including when he told his bosses of the behavior he was told that if continued with his complaint he would be fired.

Hayhurst was loved by fans for being upfront and honest, and in his own words he took that too far and it cost him his broadcast career. An MBA and marketing career later, he is still beyond bright and articulate, a pleasure to listen to, and 100% authentic.

Dirk Hayhurst should be on a sports network somewhere. First, he is here.

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    mario 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for a very good and eye opening interview. Just shows how hard it us to get and keep a job in the media world. Hope back on the air soon.

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    Matthew K 3 weeks ago

    I wish Hayhurst was on blue jays Central at lunch. Strangely that comment got me blocked by Blair.

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    Drumanchor 3 weeks ago

    I’m going to offer a bit of a dissenting voice here. Essentially saying that I can see why Dirk was let go by two out of two sports networks. This is just my opinion, mind you, but I am a listener and, thus, a potential customer to the many advertisers that these networks seek to bring on board.

    To me, Dirk is just not likeable. Period.

    He appears to have a smarmy, know-it-all attitude in his delivery. Couple that with a style that “tells it like it is” in a manner that hardly couches the fact that there may be some seriously lingering animosity and resentment in how his playing career ended. He even admits it in the podcast – he should have been nicer. A bit more accommodating as player and, certainly, as a broadcaster. He blames himself for many of the things that went wrong but still appears to hold some very deep bitterness towards the powers-that-be. It’s all throughout the interview. 

    And ultimately, his broadcast style just got old – really quickly. 

     

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    He admits his flaws, so I give him that. The “tell it like it is” gimmick can work in the booth if it doesn’t come off like he hates the job, team, sport and the network he works for. In other words, don’t be an egotistical cynic all of the time. I think the nice middle ground for him would be to be hired for a baseball show by TSN Radio (he’s highlighted the reasons why he’ll never work for the network that owns the team again). You can count on one hand the number of baseball reporters TSN has and have several fingers left over. TSN has to thread the needle of covering a sport that’s very popular while also not advertising their competition. Radio would give Dirk that independent platform that works for his style while giving TSN some more baseball voices.

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    DSmith 2 weeks ago

    @Drumanchor I’m going to agree with you. Smarmy is the perfect word. While I really enjoyed his analysis particularly the JP Aranciba stuff. I will be forever greatful to him getting Zaun so worked up that he said he’d rather have his catcher stike out than clog the bases. It exposed Zaun for being the complete idiot that he is.

    I can appricate his ability to readily admit his faults, but Dirk is a lot to take, and support just about all his views. His take on TSN having better baseball coverage is laughable. They have one maybe two reporters and have about 10 minutes of coverage daily.

    It’s not hard to figure out why he’s not working in broadcasting anymore. He hates everything about baseball and it comes out in nearly everything he says and he’s not suble about it.

    By the end of the interview I came away with a few things a) he has some serious anamosity towards Rogers/Blue Jays and baseball in general, granted some justified, b) Dirk is awesome, just ask him.

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    DSmith 2 weeks ago

    I agree with Hayhurst on most of what he says. Didn’t care for him as a broadcaster though. I think one of the reasons he’s not on is that it’s rather clear that he doesn’t like and even hates baseball and that was before he got into broadcasting

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