diamond devotions

Daily Wisdom and challenges from
Scripture, illustrated by the game.

Telling Baseball Stories

Sometimes, the stories I tell about things that happened in my playing or coaching career aren't exactly true. They're mostly true, but not exactly true. After all, what's a baseball story without a little embellishment? Of course, the telling of an old baseball story...

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Separating from the Pack

Every player is looking for a way to separate himself from the pack. Some can do that by their performance on the field. Not all can, however. Is there a biblical way to distinguish yourself as a player, as a coach, and to help others do the same? You and I will all...

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In Baseball We Trust?

It was only when he got a team full of better players that he felt like a success. And he enjoyed the attention and accolades that came with it. The team he coached over the past two years consisted of sub-par players with little experience. Now, he had put together a...

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Coaches can easily label their players…there is the kind who doesn't really care, the kind who play because their parents want them to, the kind who are in it for themselves, the kind who would run through a wall for you, the kind who never stops working…etc. There...

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Even the Opposing Fans Admired Him

The home fans loved him. He could do no wrong in their eyes. Running hard on even routine plays, he impressed them with his work ethic and skill. He got there early, stayed late, was involved in the community, and did everything the local hero should do. And they...

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Reminder: Words Matter

He never saw it happening. Over and over, he simply told his players he loved them and thought they could do it. He knew them, knew what their hurts and fears were, knew how to really get to them with what he said. And he used his words accordingly, building them up,...

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The Older I Get, The Better I Was

Isn't it interesting how baseball guys tend to misremember the facts of their careers? The same old stories get better and better with every retelling. “The older I get, the better I was.” In most cases, it's for effect and is entirely innocent. However, if we aren't...

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My Son

The next time you go to the ballpark, pay attention to the relationship dads have with their sons. Some dads will be coaching their sons. Some dads will be in the stands cheering (or not) for their sons. Some dads won’t be there (and not just because they had to...

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Anyone Can Do It

He tried to make it as simple as possible. If you work hard at the game, it will reward you. If you do what I ask you to do, I will reward you. He didn't ask his players to have more pure talent. He didn't ask them to do what he knew they could not possibly do. He...

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