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He’s A Ballplayer And A Plumber, All While Living Out His Faith (+podcast)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas (Air1 News – Adam Russell) – Your plumber makes good money, but not as much as a Major League Baseball pitcher.

The Religion News Service reports one of the Detroit Tigers top hurlers has an off-season job as a plumber.

Michael Fulmer says the second gig is a way to keep him levelheaded and busy. He says his goal — win or lose — is “to preach the Lord’s name” whether it be on the mound or working on pipes.

Fulmer’s wife has joked that learning how to install a sink by himself gave Fulmer a bigger thrill than winning Rookie of the Year, an award he won in 2016.

Fulmer also serves as a mentor to adults with developmental disabilities as a volunteer with Wings, a Christian nonprofit, offering vocational, social and residential programs for special needs adults.

The organization, which Fulmer has donated his time to since he was in high school, brought more than 43 people to watch him throw in Texas during a recent game. He and the Tigers lost, but Fulmer still took time with his big fans.

Fulmer’s not alone in following Christ in the Tiger clubhouse. Many of his teammates publicly live out their faith with 13 attending a recent team chapel service.

Fulmer recently shared how he came to follow Jesus during an annual team-sponsored Christian event called “Home Plate,” which drew thousands of fans to Comerica Park in Detroit.

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