Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Jaime García, 10-Year MLB Pitcher

THIS IS EPISODE 226 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Jaime García was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. On July 11, 2008, he made his MLB debut with the Cardinals against the Pirates. He won a World Series in 2011 after going 13-7 with a 3.56 ERA for St. Louis, and became just the second Mexican-born pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to ever start a World Series game.

In December 2016, García was traded to the Atlanta Braves in a four-player deal. In July 2017, he was traded from Atlanta to Minnesota. Six days later, he was again traded, this time from Minnesota to the New York Yankees. In February 2018, as a free agent, García signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays and finished 2018 with the Chicago Cubs.

On Jan. 9, 2019, García announced his retirement from baseball after 10 MLB seasons.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to García about retirement, why now was the time to say goodbye, the faith in Christ that became real to him during his MLB career, and why he wants to take seminary classes and deepen his walk with the Lord in his post-baseball journey.

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