diamond devotions

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

Trust the Process

Trust the process. That's what he preached to his players. One rep at a time. One practice at a time. One game at a time. Development as a player and team can't be rushed. It doesn't happen overnight. All he asked was that they trust the process. Trust him. He had a...

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Uncomfortable At-Bats

The most uncomfortable—in fact, terrifying—at-bat I ever had was against a guy who threw in the mid-90s and had no idea where the ball was going. I had faced hard throwing pitchers before. I had faced wild pitchers before. But the combination of hard throwing and wild...

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One Piece Away?

Every offseason, Major League teams search for ways to improve their current and future rosters. Free agents are signed. Trades are made. Contenders look for that final piece to push them over the top. Rebuilders look for the prospect to turn their futures around. All...

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Jesus and the Art of Coaching

Part of the art of coaching is the ability to break a player down and build him back up again. Breaking him down doesn’t mean demoralizing him, but instead means showing him how his ways aren’t going to work. Building him up doesn’t mean just making him feel better,...

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Jesus Punched Religion in the Mouth

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. So said Mike Tyson, one of the most ferocious boxers in the sport’s history. The same is true in baseball. My plan was always simple: follow the same routine each game, each at-bat, each fielding opportunity,...

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Safe at Home

There’s a great monologue by the late comedian George Carlin, in which he describes the differences between baseball and football. It’s worth the watch when you have the chance. Carlin talks of football in serious tones, wherein the goal is to march down the field,...

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Rain Delay

There isn't much worse in a baseball game than a rain delay. Getting ready for the game, only to have it interrupted before it or during it is not just frustrating, but it can throw plans into complete disarray. Players, fans, broadcasters, umpires…no one likes a rain...

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He liked to work quickly on the mound. Knowing his game plan and what he wanted to do to the hitters, he was ready for the next pitch as soon as he received the ball from the catcher. Without much hesitation, he nodded in agreement with the number put down, then got...

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Nobody Can Change Everything, Right?

Baseball is such a great game. It's the only game where the defense has the ball. It has no time limit. Players who aren't good at offense must still often hit for themselves, while those who aren't good at defense can still often be found by the ball. It's a game...

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Always on Time

The key to hitting is timing, and the key to pitching is disrupting timing. It really is as simple as that. If you want to be a great hitter, you need great timing. If you want to be a great pitcher, you need to change speeds and disrupt the hitter's timing. It's...

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