Spring 2021 Magazine

Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson enjoying strong season as he fulfills 'duty for evangelism'

The 2019 MLB season has been good to starting pitcher Kyle Gibson and his Minnesota Twins.

Gibson is 11-5 on the season, the best winning percentage in his seven years with Minnesota. He’s posted the third-best ERA of his career (4.24), while his strikeouts per nine innings (8.8) are at an all-time high. He’s second on the team in wins (11) and strikeouts (129).

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His right arm is certainly feeling good. His team may be playing even better.

The Twins have compiled a 72-48 record and hold a half-game lead on the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central Division (through Wednesday). The playoffs are in their crosshairs.

And that makes the Twins’ loss Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers that much more painful. Gibson started on the mound for the Twins and delivered a solid performance, exiting the game with a 5-3 lead after pitching five innings and giving up three runs. Yet, a three-run homer by the Brewers in the eighth inning proved to be a decisive.

The Twins start another series Thursday against the Texas Rangers as they keep pressing toward the playoffs, while Gibson will have to wait until Monday for his next chance to pitch. But just because his name won’t be called to the mound Thursday, Gibson said in a video for The Increase he feels a calling from God to share his faith daily.

“Everybody is an evangelist, and has a duty for evangelism,” Gibson said in the video.

Although Gibson has spent countless summer days playing baseball from the time he was a kid until now, he said his identity is found not in the sport he loves but in his awe-inspiring Lord and Savior.

“It’s amazing how comforting God is and how loving He is and how merciful He is when you make a mistake and you mess up,” Gibson said in the video. “You realize it and He says, ‘Hey, I got you. Come on back.'”

Gibson may strike out 10 batters a game and lead the Twins into the playoffs over the next month, or he may struggle to get outs and the Twins miss the postseason. Either way, Gibson can be assured of God’s love for him and His call for every believer to spread the truth of Christ.

Watch as Kyle Gibson tells more of his story of faith in a Sports Spectrum video published last year.

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