Fall 2021 SS Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Mark Appel - 2013 MLB No. 1 overall draft pick

THIS IS EPISODE 123 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

 

Mark Appel was destined for baseball greatness. The former Stanford pitcher was selected No. 1 overall in 2013 by the Houston Astros, one pick ahead of Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs. Many thought it was just a matter of time before he would make it to the major leagues. But Appel’s career path didn’t go as everyone expected. He never made it to the big leagues.

In February 2018, Mark announced he was taking an “indefinite break” from the game of baseball at the age of 26.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Appel about what this first year without baseball has been like for him, why he stepped away, how Christ has helped him in his decision, the importance of mentorship in his life, and the amazing story of how he destroyed a panel wall inside a minor league dugout and how that night changed his outlook and perspective with God.

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