The Rays have officially announced the signing of Dirk Hayhurst to a minor league deal. Hayhurst, who has seen limited action as a relief pitcher in the major leagues, is better known as the author of The Bullpen Gospels, a book some refer to as one of the better baseball books in many years.

Hayhurst also loves to pretend he is a Garfoose, a fire-breathing, half-moose, half-giraffe creature. There is actually a very good story behind that one. And we highly recommend poking around the Garfoose’s website.

The official press release including his big league stats is after the jump…

Hayhurst, 29, has played eight professional seasons including two stints at the major league level with the San Diego Padres (2008) and Toronto Blue Jays (2009). In 15 games with Toronto in 2009, the reliever posted a 2.78 ERA (23.2-IP, 7-ER) and held right-handed-hitters to a .220 average. He spent the 2010 season recovering from shoulder surgery. The Kent State University graduate was originally drafted by the Padres in the eighth round of the 2003 June Draft. He is the author of The Baseball Gospels, a best-selling book that chronicles his life in the minor leagues.



  1. Greg says:

    I think you mean "half-moose" although I'll admit a half-goose, half-giraffe creature could be equally as entertaining.

  2. phil says:

    Damon and Napoli!

  3. ttnorm says:

    Great story by Dirk about his mom, Manny Ramirez, and his car. Enjoy...

  4. Dre says:

    i'm looking forward to going to a spring training game and getting my own Garfoose signed ball!


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