Category  |  Major League Baseball

Confidence and Christ

One of the toughest positions in Major League Baseball is that of the closer—the relief pitcher who enters the game in the late innings to try and save the win for the team. One closer said that his was the only role on the team where, if he has a bad day, the whole team has a bad day. Lots…

Choices Podcast

The choices we make not only define our priorities, but also impact those around us. On Sports Spectrum, hear from a father of three Division I basketball players. He’ll share how Christ’s involvement in his decision-making made all the difference for his family. Timely commentary for your family on this edition of Sports Spectrum!

Choices and Their Consequences

Perhaps no single event in baseball’s recent past so completely speaks to the issue of choices and their consequences as the steroid scandals of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Some of the most beloved and admired players of that era found their records and reputations badly tarnished by the choice to use performance-enhancing drugs to expand their abilities. Players…

Commitment Podcast

There are a number of things in life worthy of our time and effort. And the people and places on which we focus the bulk of our energy ultimately direct our life journey. On Sports Spectrum, hear riveting conversations with Cleveland Indians infielder Jason Donald and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. Discover the important role commitment has to play in…

Courage Podcast

Knowing Christ, and drawing from His strength, gives us the courage to get through the challenges life throws our way. On Sports Spectrum, former NHL player, Mark Osborne, describes how keeping God his main focus helped him courageously face life both on and off the ice. Inspiration for your journey on this edition of Sports Spectrum!

Heating Up

Now, with Memorial Day behind us, the weather is heating up as summer has unofficially begun—and no one is happier about the warmer weather than Angels fans. On a cold day last winter, the announcement was made that the Angels—in a shocking double play—had signed free agents C. J. Wilson, the premier left-handed pitcher on the market, and Albert Pujols,…

A Pleasant Surprise

For several years now, the Baltimore Orioles have been an afterthought in the tough American League East. With the big-spending Yankees and Red Sox fighting it out with the overachieving Rays and Blue Jays, the O’s have been the fifth team in a four-team race. Then, Buck Showalter came to town, bringing with him a history of turning around woeful…

Sports, Ridicule, & the Christian Life Podcast

How do you respond when those you love question your beliefs? It’s not easy defending your faith in the face of persecution. On Sports Spectrum, we’ll hear the thoughts of Major League umpire Ted Barrett and former NBA head coach Del Harris on how to handle "Sports, Ridicule, and the Christian Life."

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…