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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen thanks God after reaching career milestones

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen reached two career milestones in the same game on Sunday.

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McCutchen finished the game with two runs, two hits, as well as one run batted in, as the Phillies beat the Nationals, 12-6. With the performance, he has now scored 1,000 career runs and logged 350 career doubles. Following the game, McCutchen thanked God for the accomplishment through his Twitter account.

Throughout his 14-year career, McCutchen has made an impressive name for himself. In addition to reaching these milestones, he also has 253 home runs and 882 career RBIs. He won the National League MVP in 2013 while a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has been named an All-Star five times, and has won the Silver Slugger Award four times. He also won a Gold Glove in 2012.

McCutchen has also been open about his relationship with Christ throughout his career, stating that God is greater than baseball.

“This game is amazing and it is important, and I realize that, but God is more important than the game,” McCutchen said on the Sports Spectrum Podcast in 2019.

After an ACL tear that derailed his 2019 season, McCutchen spoke about how his faith grew as a result of the injury.

“I’ve had so much time with my family, so much time that I wouldn’t have had before, and I cherish that time. I cherish those moments because I don’t get those moments back,” McCutchen said in 2020. “So it’s been good, I’ve been thanking God. Something that I felt like was so horrible and it was, having the injury, ended up being something that was very beautiful because I was able to [enjoy] so many things that I’ve gotten out of this and realized that God is using this for good.

“Romans 8:28 — He’s using what I’m going through, He’s using it for His good. And I realize that. He shows me here and there that the injury was tough, not playing the game was tough, but there’s beauty that comes out of it.”

McCutchen said he realized that while the injury was painful, it was also a blessing from God. Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

McCutchen’s relationship with Christ has helped him through other rough moments in his career, but he said it has also helped him better understand that Jesus’ love for him is unwavering.

“That’s definitely something I’ve realized in my successes and my failures, is that how well I do and people love me, or how bad I do and people love me and some people don’t, Jesus’ love never changes,” McCutchen said. “It doesn’t matter how well I do or how bad I do, His love for me never, never changes and it never will.”

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