Texas Rangers’ Josh Jung wins AL Rookie of the Month while being “competitor for Christ”
Texas Rangers , The first month of the MLB regular season has formerly passed, division races are taking shape and the first yearly in- season awards have formerly been handed down. The philanthropist of the American League Rookie of the Month award was Josh Jung of the Texas Rangers.
Jung has appeared in 28 of his platoon’s 30 games so far this time, leading all AL apprentices in successes( 30), home runs( eight) and RBIs( 24), and cementing his place as the Rangers ’ third baseman. One of Jung’s better games as a major blockade came Wednesday, when he wrapped two homers and added a single in five at- batons during a 12- 7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 25- time-old from San Antonio, Texas, was drafted eighth overall by the Rangers in 2019 after three seasons at Texas Tech. He got his bases wet in the majors last time, playing in 26 games with the Rangers, but not enough to qualify him from consideration as a novitiate this season.
Thanks in part to Jung’s emotional launch to the season, the Rangers are in first place in the AL West with an 18- 12 record. Yet what drives Jung to succeed on the baseball field, he says, is eventually not a desire to make himself look great but a desire to praise God for what He’s done.
In October 2019, Jung was canvassed by a pastor at the church he attended while in council at Texas Tech( 2017- 19). “ Sports are n’t gon na last ever. Being a baseball player isn’t gon na last ever, and ultimately your name will fade down, ” Jung said while detailing his trip of faith. “ When all that’s over, where is your identity gon na be? Who are you gon na be? ” For Jung, he knows his identity is in Christ.
Jung describes himself as a “ contender for Christ ” in his Twitter memoir, which says in part, “ Baseball is what I do, not who I am. ” “ I gave my life to Christ my beginner time of high academy, and also my beginner time of council was the first time I took that step of a particular trip with Him, ” Jung toldHisHuddle.com in December 2020.
“ My three times in council were stupendous in numerous ways, but the thing that really hit home with me are the recollections from participating my story with God to others. ” He continued latterly “ People will watch how you do effects and your character is always at play.
It’s easy to follow( Christ) when everything is going great. It’s hard when effects are rough. But for me, that’s a time to take a step back and be like, ‘ OK, what’s God trying to tell me about myself in this season or in this storm, and how can I come more on the other side of it? ’” Jung said he finds solace in the Bible verse Ephesians 611, which says, “ Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stage against the devil’s schemes.
” “ God has equipped us and gives us strength, ” Jung told His Huddle, “ to go out into the world and spread the Good News, to spread the Word of God. ” Jung will seek to continue to live in light of the reality of who God has made him to be, indeed as he seeks both particular and platoon success in his novitiate season.
Jung and his Rangers teammates will begin the first of three successive series on the road starting on Friday, when they face the Angels( 17- 14). The first pitch is listed for 938p.m. ET.