Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Ethan Chapman: Diary of a minor league baseball player (Part 14)

Ethan Chapman’s dream to make it to the Big League level hasn’t happened yet. This past winter, Ethan signed to play 2017 in the Mexican League (AAA level) with the Vaqueros Union Laguna club.

Off the field, he’s a husband and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. His faith is at the center of who he is as a person.

Today is number 14 in a year-long diary that Ethan is going to share with us as he continues his battle through minor league baseball and his quest to make it to the Big Leagues.


Ethan Chapman with his wife Kylie. (Photo Courtesy: Ethan Chapman)

Offseason

We just got home from our first season in Mexico. We fell one game short of a Wild Card berth to get into playoffs. It was a great experience and I made a lot of great friends and teammates. My wife and I were  happy to be able to experience the culture and travel together for the first time.

As I’ve mentioned before, baseball is very unpredictable. I was drafted about a month ago by a winter ball team in Mexico to play the months of October through January, but it turns out that they want to go in another direction and pulled my offer off the table. Kylie and I are now sort of in a limbo waiting period as my agent makes contact with other teams.

In baseball and in life, things can go completely different then we plan, but we remain faithful and know that God will take care of us. Our hard work and faith carry us through these waiting periods.

Our perspective has a lot to do with how we handle difficult situations. We can view this as an obstacle and see it as an excuse to stop pursing baseball or we can view it as an opportunity to spend a little more time at home with family and friends while I get ready for Spring Training.

All the ups and downs of baseball really makes me value the positive, secure things in my life. I won’t ever take those things for granted. We should know more in the next few days about where we are spending the winter but please keep my family in your prayers as we wait. Thank you for all your support this last season!

“Many are the plans of a persons heart, but it’s the Lords purpose that will prevail.” – Proverbs 19:21

E. Chapman 

Impact People

In 97 games with Vaqueros Union Laguna in the Mexican League, Ethan finished with a .277 batting average to go along with 5 HR, 27 RBI, 46 Runs Scored, and 20 Stolen Bases. 

To read Ethan’s previous journal entries from this season, click here.