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Opening Day for Major League Baseball is Sunday. 

Red Sox-Yankees. Then Braves-Cubs. Diamondbacks-Padres. Tampa Bay-Baltimore. And the season is on.

For relief pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, the path to the big leagues – the majors, “the show” – wasn’t exactly a fastball. 

Hayhurst fought his way up through the minors. He played for the Fort Wayne Wizards, the Portland Beavers, the Mobile Bay Bears and more. 

Now he’s made it — with the Toronto Blue Jays.  And he’s telling the story of that long climb. 

This Hour, On Point:  The Bullpen Gospels, with Dirk Hayhurst.

Guests:

Dirk Hayhurst joins us from Kent, Ohio.  A pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays (currently on the disabled list), he’s the author of “The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran.” He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2003 and played for six years in the minors. He writes a blog for BaseballAmerica.

Read an excerpt from from “The Bullpen Gospels.”

Mel Antonen, baseball reporter for USA Today. He’s been covering spring training this year.

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