Mound Visits, 3/15/17

Jeremy Affeldt played 13 years in the Major Leagues. The lefty helped the Giants win three World Series championships. He tells the story of being recruited by a well known college coach who offered him a scholarship. Jeremy had wanted to sign with this particular school but the coach who offered the scholarship proceeded to […]

Mound Visits, 3/11/17

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) This one powerful command from God to the heart of the Psalmist who wrote it has been a challenge for me in my life. Busyness has robbed me of many moments of worship, peace and understanding. When I quiet my heart, slow down to read […]

Mound Visits, 3/10/17

I used to wake up each morning from the sound of Christian music on a radio-alarm clock. On a summer morning 28 years ago the music would sound different to me, for I knew I would be driving my wife to the hospital for a very early morning surgery for breast cancer. The doctor, after […]

Mound Visits, 3/9/17

“He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not […]

Mound Visits, 3/8/17

There’s an ancient saying in baseball, “You win a few, lose a few and a few get rained out.” As a minor leaguer in the early 70’s I loved the game, but back in those days the only days off were for the MLB All-Star Game and rain-outs. We all needed an “RO” now and […]

Mound Visits, 3/7/17

“What America needs is spiritual renewal and reconciliation-first man with God, and then man with man.” (Ronald Reagan) We are a nation divided. I’ve never seen hatred in politics like I see it now…and I attended college in the early 70’s! We need reconciliation, but where do we find it? Paul said this in 2 […]

Mound Visits, 3/6/17

At the peak of my coaching career, I was experiencing a lot of guilt about being away from my family so much. I discussed this with a friend and he asked me to list my priorities. I said here’s what they SHOULD be: 1. God 2. Family 3. Career My guilt occurred because I was […]

Mound Visits, 3/4/17

My good friend, Steve Wigginton shared this with me yesterday: “Mike Tyson once said, ‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.’ In proverbs 19:21 we are told, ‘Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.’” Many times we develop a good plan for […]

Mound Visits, 3/3/17

Knowledge=power Wisdom=power and respect Neither can be used to their fullest extent without humility. No one enjoys being around some one who is “puffed up” with knowledge or overestimates his own wisdom. Knowledge, wisdom and humility, when combined, are attributes which make an effective leader. We should pursue all three relentlessly. Jesus said, “For everyone […]

Mound Visits, 3/2/17

We are all collectors. That’s not a bad thing…if we collect valuable things. If we’re not careful, we will collect trash…bitterness, hatred, resentment and negativity. Of course, it’s more productive and we’re more appealing if we store positive things such as knowledge, wisdom,humility and compassion. Eventually, it will be revealed what we are storing in […]