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Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best: Dugout Devotions by Del Duduit (2019)

Dugout Devotions

Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best: Dugout Devotions
Del Duduit
148 pages
Iron Stream Books, 2019

Baseball’s regular season is right around the corner, and no other sport seems to lend itself to spiritual applications than America’s pastime. In this collection of thirty devotionals, Del Duduit and others collect stories from the diamond and relate them to one’s faith journey. The devotions are encouraging, and many of them would work well as illustrations in sermons.

Like any book, there are positive and negative aspects in Dugout Devotions. There is a proper emphasis on the importance of relying on the Word rather than just feelings (2 Timothy 3:16-17). However, there is the contradictory mention of a player who thought the Lord “tapped…him on the shoulder.” In another place, a devotional makes reference to the reader “really feel(ing) God calling you to go on (a mission) trip,” and another talks of a player “receiv(ing) a divine call” about human trafficking.

Many of the entries end with a section called “Step Up To The Plate,” offering suggestions how one might apply the lessons from the devotion. Bible study, prayer, and attendance to worship services are often among the recommendations.

While there are several devotions that discuss a player’s decision to give his life to Christ, there is no mention of how that is done. When one reads the book of Acts and the epistles, the conversion process is on display: one becomes a Christian by hearing the gospel (Romans 10:17), believing it (Romans 10:9-10), repenting of sin (Acts 3:19), confessing one’s belief (Acts 8:37), and being immersed for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). With so much confusion in the religious world, it would be prudent to include such information in any religious book. One cannot decide for himself how he comes to God; only God can tell us how to do that, and He does tell us in His Word.

For readers who are grounded in the truth, these devotions can be encouraging. One must always be careful, though, regardless of the writer, to consistently verify what man writes with what God has revealed. There are a lot of people with good intentions that will end up on the wrong team in eternity because they trusted in man without turning to God’s Word (Matthew 7:13-23).

The writers of the devotions are Del Duduit, Michelle Medlock Adams, Ryan Farr, Beckie Lindsey, Scott McCausey, Clint Rutledge, and Cyle Young. The major leaguer players, coaches, and executives featured are Brian Dozier, Albert Pujols, Ben Zobrist, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Lindor, Aaron Judge, Andrew McCutchen, Andy Pettitte, Michael Lorenzen, Tony Graffanino, R.A. Dickey, Mike Sarbaugh, Adam Wainwright, Cody Allen, Jim Morris, Mike Matheny, Blaine Boyer, Mike Rikard, Tim Martin, Matt Carpenter, and Adam Frazier.

Click here to purchase Dugout Devotions by Del Duduit.

Announcing the BBBWARAOAAE National League Cy Young Award…

The Senior Circuit also has a clear-cut winner for the Cy Young Award according to the BBBWARAOAAE, but the vote may turn out different when the professionals’ ballots are revealed. Kershaw is a favorite of the writers, but Dickey truly was the most dominant starter in the NL this year…

Dickey

National League Cy Young Award

NAME 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
RA Dickey 7 1 53
Gio Gonzalez 3 3 1 23
Clayton Kershaw 1 3 1 14
Craig Kimbrel 1 1 1 1 13
Johnny Cueto 2 1 2 12
Kris Medlen 1 2
Matt Cain 1 2
Cole Hamels 1 2
Aroldis Chapman 1 1
Kyle Lohse 1 1

Ballots are revealed at each voter’s discretion. Justin’s World, Lifetime Topps Project and Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff each posted their picks on their respective sites.

Let’s get crafty: R.A. Dickey t-shirt

Yes, I do requests (if you’re willing to pay). New to the TWJshop on Etsy is this custom R.A. Dickey t-shirt! Dickey is a pitcher for the New York Mets, who formerly pitched for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Minnesota Twins.

If you have a favorite player, past or present, and you can’t seem to find a shirt featuring him, let me know! The cost is $25, free shipping. The design will be similar to the Joey Votto and Dickey shirts in the TWJshop on Etsy. Just e-mail me, jasontcarter at gmail dot com and let me know who you want!

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