Archive for the 'Major League Baseball' Category

Changing Direction Podcast

When was the last time you were facing a new direction? It may have been by choice or as the result of circumstances you had no control over. Well, for San Francisco Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa, a new direction came as the result of a decision for Christ that his wife had made. I…

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Commitment to Team

Last Thursday was opening day for Major League Baseball, and, on that day, something happened that had never before occurred in the history of American professional sport—any sport. As the Detroit Tigers took on the New York Yankees at the big ballpark in the Bronx, three Yankees—Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera—began their 17th…

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It’s a New Season! Podcast

A wonderful phenomenon is underway: fans are filling ballparks, managers are delivering lineup cards to home plate, and players are taking to the field as a new season of Major League Baseball is underway. On Sports Spectrum, we’ll talk about a “new season” with the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins, John Gordon, and with former…

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Moments Of Opportunity

The new baseball season started this past Thursday, with a half-dozen games around the country. The featured game was an evening matchup between defending World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants, and their mortal enemies, the Dodgers. For the Giants, opening day represented an opportunity to defend their title and be the first back-to-back champs…

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Defining and Embracing Our Role

As spring training continues and players prepare for the start of the Major League Baseball season, every team has two kinds of players—established starters and role players. The fourth outfielder who also occasionally DHs and the utility infielder are examples. In fact, I have heard big league ballplayers say that the more gloves (infield glove,…

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Spring Training

After a brutal winter and far too many hours spent clearing snow and ice from my Michigan driveway, few things could have been more welcome than the cry, “Batter up!”—that warm and welcoming call heard this past weekend, as Major League Baseball moved from calisthenics and drills to exhibition games. Seeing these great athletes playing…

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Character Test

In recent weeks, sports pages, sports websites, and sports television has been filled with highly-detailed information about baseball’s free agency, with demands in the millions (and sometimes, hundreds of millions) of dollars. Additionally, we are now deeply into the arbitration hearing portion of the off-season, with players and teams exchanging salary numbers and arguing their…

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Sudden Thunder

After missing the postseason for the first time in years, fans of the Los Angeles Angels watched and waited (not altogether patiently) to see what owner Arte Moreno, GM Tony Reagins and skipper Mike Scioscia were going to do to improve the club for a return to the top of the American League West and…

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Rich Maloney – University of Michigan Baseball Coach

Rich Maloney has enjoyed great success as a college baseball coach. In this conversation with Sports Spectrum’s Frank Giardina, Rich talks about how parents can help guide their children through the process of maturing as student-athletes. Rich also tells his story of how God guided him through the loss of a dream when his professional playing…

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Formulate A Winning Game Plan: Finances Podcast

With each passing season, the contracts grow larger, the labor strife becomes more intense, and some may say that the financial aspect of sports has left them uninterested. On this Sports Spectrum, we’ll continue our series on “Formulating a Winning Game Plan” as we look at sports and finances with former New York Knick guard Hubert Davis,…

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