Latter-day Saint chooses baseball AND outreach

Detroit Tigers baseball prospect Gage Workman faced a dilemma that the most athletically gifted Latter-day Saints face. Should he go on the transformational, 2-year mission experience some of his peers choose when they complete high school, or should he pursue his sport?

100 Questions and Answers About Latter-day SaintsAfter prayers and deliberation, Workman stuck with baseball and finished out his collegiate career at Arizona State University. The Tigers drafted Workman in the fourteen h round.

Part of what helped him choose was a personal commitment to be a missionary in pinstripes, trying to use a platform as a pro athlete to share his faith.

He told Detroit Free Press sports columnist Jeff Seidel that baseball means “a lot of uncertainty. You got COVID. You got a new environment of pro ball. But I feel like my religion gives me certainty, gives me a foundation, gives me a sense of peace …”

His faith is “who I am … “I mean, it’s top on my priority list. I’ve lived it my whole life and my plan to keep living it. It’s blessed me and I think it’s really helped me along the way. So I guess you can say it’s pretty much everything to me.”

And what about the missions? Workman’s father, Widd, made a different decision but followed a similar path. Widd Workman played baseball at Brigham Young University and then went on a two-year mission in Iowa. He finished his collegiate career at Arizona State University, as his son had, and played minor league baseball.

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