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Giving Your All

All my life, I have heard the top-tier of Major League Baseball players referred to as “five-tool players” because they excel in all aspects of the game. The five tools, of course, are hitting for average, hitting for power, running, fielding, and throwing. Watching a recent MLB broadcast, however, I was reminded that Mike Trout is even more—he is a “six-tool…

The Right People

Two weeks ago, the National Football League held its annual draft—and ever since there has been plenty of analysis, criticism, and argument about who was selected, who selected them, why they selected them, and whether it will turn out to be a wise choice or a wasted pick. Every team—and their fans—are concerned that they get the right people in order…

Spiritual Gifts

Any number of things contribute to how far a person may go in their chosen sport. Certainly among those things are opportunity, resources, and coaching. Some young baseball players may have had  the opportunity to grow up in a warmer climate where they could play year round, honing their craft and developing their understanding of the game. Some young gymnasts…

Kicking It into Gear

With the All-Star break behind us, Major League Baseball now begins its marathon dash to the finish line—and the post-season. For teams that are fading out of contention, it is time to ponder whether or not to sell players and bring in young prospects to build with for the future. For teams in contention, it is time to decide whether…

Midsummer Classics

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup draws to a conclusion, Major League Baseball is driving toward its annual All Star break. This year, while world footballers labor in Brazil, the best players in the National and American Leagues will convene at target Field in Minneapolis next Tuesday, July 15, and the festivities will, as always, be mammoth. The annual home…

Every Game Counts

With both the NBA and the NHL playoffs moving toward their respective conclusions, it is a good time to be reminded of how spectacular game sevens can be. The same thing will be true this fall when Major League Baseball hits its own postseason stride. A game seven is one of the best moments in sports. Two teams have fought…

Changing Of The Guard?

Amidst the beauty and grandeur of Augusta, the Masters was, as always compelling television for me. How a course so beautiful with essentially no rough whatsoever can produce so many different challenges for the greatest golfers in the world is amazing all by itself. But, along with the azaleas, the sunshine, and the wonderful golf being played, something else was…

All Hands on Deck

With tomorrow night’s NFL matchup between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars, we move into the fourth and final quarter of the NFL season. This means two things: First, everyone is injured. We are at the point of the season where every player has some kind of knick or wobble or bother that keeps him from being 100 percent.…

Giving God Your Talent

In sports, one of the most powerful realities we can ever face is the challenge to function as a part of a team. Why? First of all, it requires us to take our personal goals and desires and subjugate them to the goals and the desires of the group. Second, it requires us to yield our talents and abilities to…

Dare You to Move

Today is one of the most important days in the Major League Baseball season, and it has nothing to do with the games on today’s schedule. It is significant because today is Trade Deadline Day for MLB teams. That means that today is the last day that, through normal trade moves, a team can acquire players to strengthen their squads…