Archive for May 15th, 2010

I thought this was a good lesson for all those who like baseball, of how really one’s ministry should not be one sided…

From Yahoo Sports

Jarrod Saltalamacchia(notes) has absolutely destroyed the pitching he’s seen so far at Triple-A. He’s batting .343 in 18 games for Oklahoma City with five doubles, three homers, and an on-base percentage of .400.

You might recall that Saltalamacchia began the year as the Texas Rangers starting catcher, then hit the disabled list with a back injury just two games into the season. Considering the current state of the catching position in Arlington (Matt Treanor(notes) is hitting .209), you’d think that Saltalamacchia would be welcomed back.

His bat is ready, but the rest of him isn’t. Saltalamacchia is struggling with his throws — not his across-the-diamond throws to second base, but his 60-foot tosses to the pitcher’s mound.

In Salty’s last game, Tuesday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, 12 of his throws back to the pitcher landed either short of the mound or in center field. He had five errant throws in the first inning alone.

“He’s just got to keep playing until he gets it right,” RedHawks manager Bobby Jones said. “I don’t know what else to do. It’s a shame. It’s definitely what’s keeping him here. He’s blocking the ball well and swinging the bat well. He’s just got to figure it out. It’s a shame.”


Saltalamacchia said, “Everything feels good. My throws have been good down to second. We’ve been working on different arm angles, getting on top of the ball more rather than getting on the side. So everything’s going smoothly and we’ll see where it goes.”

Pastors need to work every facet and skill in their ministry and not be an expert of one thing.  If a player can only swing a bat, but can’t play outfield, no matter how good he can bat, he’s a liability.  Similarly, if a Pastor can be the best preacher or the best apologist, but has no skill of shepherding, unable to counsel, inability to model what he preaches, or love God’s flock, the guy is a liability in the ministry…even if it turns out his pitch of the Word of God is excellent.

I hope this points hit home.

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