“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
For Seth Elledge, 2020 was as unprecedented to him as it was to so many others. During training camp, a COVID outbreak hit the Cardinals roster, forcing them into quarantine for two weeks. Due to this, roster spots opened up. Elledge got the call up to make his debut. Taking advantage of the opportunity at hand, Elledge threw 2.1 perfect innings in relief. He did not disappoint. As he has worked to continue to be a reliable arm out of the ‘pen for St. Louis, he has been driven by faith throughout his career.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Seth Elledge grew up around the game of baseball. As he rose through his baseball career the 2017 4th round Seattle Mariners draft pick says relying on his faith has been a priority. “My faith is the most important thing in my life. Knowing Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected 3 days later, I am so thankful for His sacrifice, His grace, and His mercy. While we are all sinners, Christ died for us! How awesome is that?” Elledge has prioritized grounding himself in his faith, knowing that no matter what is happening, God has a plan.
After impressing early on during his time with Seattle, he was sent to St. Louis in 2018 in a trade that brought right hander Sam Tuivailala to the Mariners. As Elledge readied himself for a new environment, he remained focused on keeping his faith first and setting an example for those around him. “I try to exemplify Christ in my everyday life and be a light for my peers. I’m far from perfect, but I am striving everyday to be more like Him.” Soon he made his impact in the Cardinals organization. Becoming one of their most prized relief pitching prospects, he has been the subject of many praises throughout his rise to the majors.
After making his debut, Elledge pitched more for St. Louis throughout the season where he accumulated 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. He says that for him, baseball is his form of worship, and he tries to be an ambassador for Christ everytime that he takes the mound. “On the field, I strive for perfection, power, and consistency, because those are all attributes of Jesus. As you get older, you will learn that it is very important to stick to your faith and not the ways of the world.”
In a shortened MLB season that was new for everyone, Elledge spent the year learning more about not only the game of baseball, but the impact he can have with his platform. As he readies himself for the upcoming 2021 season, he remains focused on relying on God, and not getting caught up in the numbers of the game, as he looks to glorify Him and inspire others everytime that he takes the mound.