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A Critical Spirit

Someone said that it seems like many people find fault as if it were buried treasure. Undoubtedly, one of the great challenges of being a coach or a manager is that you are completely exposed to criticism. You know going in that every decision, every play call, every strategic move is going to be scrutinized, criticized, and sometimes attacked. For…

The Priority of Preparation

This month we have been looking at elements of baseball that can wonderfully picture elements of the life of the Christ-follower. Today is no exception as we have been looking at how to build for success—and much of that building is rooted in wise preparation. In the major leagues, this process of preparation is both multifaceted and multilayered. It includes…

Perfection

21. That is the number of times a major league pitcher has stepped to the mound and, nine innings later, walked off with a perfect game. 21. And, the 21st came this past Saturday when Chicago White Sox right-hander Philip Humber used 96 pitches to deprive the Seattle Mariners of even a single base runner. It is one of the most…

Complete Game Podcast

In baseball terms, a complete game is when a pitcher throws an entire game, without any help from the bullpen. On this Sports Spectrum, we’ll hear from former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, Carl Erskine, on what a complete game looks like for the follower of Christ. Another exciting installment from our series on baseball.

Going The Distance

How pitching has changed over the years. Cy Young (who has a rather prestigious award that carries his name) won 511 games in his storied career. Bob Gibson, Cardinals great from the 1960s, averaged 270-280 innings pitched in a year. Then came the advent of the modern bullpen with its cadre of specialists. Long relievers. Left-handed relievers. Set up men.…

Slow Start

Now that we are a couple of weeks into the Major League Baseball season, we are seeing several things—some expected and some unexpected. It was expected that the Tigers would crush the ball, and they are. It was expected that the Rays would pitch well, and they do. What was not expected, however, was that two of baseball’s powerhouse franchises—the…

Warning Track Podcast

The crack of a bat. Silence grips the stadium as the ball flies through the air. Will the outfielder make the game-winning catch? Or does this mean the end of the season? The Sports Spectrum team catches up with Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton and former MLB infielder, Tony Graffanino. Bringing baseball to life on this edition of Sports Spectrum.

Warning Track

There was a time in baseball when the outfield walls had no padding. When they were made of wood, or stone, or brick (they still are at Chicago’s Wrigley Field). There was not a lot of intentional thought given to player safety in those days, but over the years, the game has changed. In a sense, it has become more…

Hope Springs Eternal Podcast

This week Major League Baseball clubs swing into action as a new season begins. The hope of a perfect season is tantalizing, but falls short in light of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Hear a special Easter edition of Sports Spectrum as the team interviews MLB professionals on the hope we have on the baseball diamond, and in the…

Touch ’Em All

The home run trot. There is something rather grand about it, in part because, on the face of it, the home run trot seems unnecessary. I have sometimes wondered why, after hitting a home run, the hitter can’t just walk back to the dugout and be congratulated by his teammates. But there is this huge symbolism attached to touching ’em…