Summer 2024

Bo Bichette, 'believer who happens to play ball,' makes MLB debut for Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette wasted no time getting his first major league hit out of the way. In the first at-bat of his career on Monday, Bichette ripped a single to left field in a 7-3 Toronto win. 

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Bichette, the son of former four-time All-Star Dante Bichette, is regarded as a top-10 prospect by every major outlet. The Blue Jays selected him in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Bichette played 56 games in Triple-A this season with the Buffalo Bisons, where he hit .275 with eight home runs and 32 RBI. He was called up to the big leagues to fill the roster spot left open after the trade that sent Eric Sogard to the Rays, and inserted into the lineup right away.

Furthermore, Bichette is a “believer, who happens to play ball” and actively shares his faith on social media. His Twitter bio begins with the acronym IJNIP, which stands for “In Jesus’ Name I Play.” On Instagram, he’s recently quoted James 1:4, Philippians 4:8, and Romans 8:28.

“God will never hand us something we can’t handle. His plan is great, his plan is perfect.”

Bichette is one of three second-generation MLB players — along with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio — viewed as core pieces to the Blue Jays’ future. All three made their major league debut this season and are under the age of 25. If they can live up to the hype, Toronto’s future will be incredibly bright.

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