Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers Pitcher

THIS IS EPISODE 189 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Matthew Boyd is a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. After playing his college ball at Oregon State, Boyd was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

He made his MLB debut on June 26, 2015, against the Texas Rangers. One month later, on July 30, he was traded to Detroit as part of the David Price deal. Boyd earned his first MLB victory on August 5, 2015, against Kansas City. In 2018, Boyd had his best season yet, starting 31 games, 170 innings, 159 strikeouts and led the team in wins with nine.

A contributor to Sports Spectrum’s Increase articles, Boyd and his wife, Ashley, started a non-profit in 2018 called “Kingdom Home,” where young people in Uganda are rescued from sex trafficking, gender based violence, forced child marriages and abandonment, and given the safety they need while being raised up with the love of Jesus Christ.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Boyd about his 2018 season, how his faith has shaped him throughout his MLB career, the crazy 2015 season that saw him get married and live in five different cities after being traded, and why he felt compelled to start a non-profit and help those in Uganda who are in need.

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