Fall 2021 SS Magazine

SS PODCAST: Former MLB pitcher Jason Standridge on serving others with Water Mission

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING JASON STANDRIDGE

Jason Standridge was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the first round of the 1997 MLB Draft (31st overall). Four years later, he made his MLB debut with Tampa against Texas and would go on to pitch in parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, appearing in 80 games with Tampa, Texas, Cincinnati and Kansas City. In 2008, Standridge made the decision to pitch overseas in Japan, and he ended up playing there for the next 10 seasons before retiring in 2017.

A big part of Standridge’s journey has been serving, and he’s currently involved with Water Mission, a Christian engineering ministry that fights the global water crisis. He and his wife, Joy, have supported the ministry by taking trips to Haiti and Uganda and visiting several refugee camps where Water Mission is serving.

Today on the podcast, Standridge shares his story of choosing baseball over football, being recruited by Auburn to play quarterback, his MLB debut, why his faith in Jesus is the most important thing in his life, and how playing in Japan allowed him and his wife to pursue adoption.

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