The Major League Baseball pitcher who wears his Christian faith on his glove – literally – is heading to the Kansas City Royals.
Luke Weaver, who debuted a Scripture-infused “Bible Glove” this season, was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Royals on Monday for third baseman Emmanuel Rivera. Weaver, a right-handed reliever, battled injuries in April and May but had a solid July, allowing one run on four hits in eight innings. His fastball has been clocked at 97 mph.
Weaver’s glove, made by the company Aria, is designed to look like the binding of an old leather Bible. It features a cross, a crown of thorns, the phrase “His Glory,” and his favorite Bible verses. Aria calls it a “truly one-of-a-kind glove.” The company sells them.
“It’s just a way where I want to be able to show the world that in the midst of that battle and the competition and the personality and expression, this is what I choose to do,” Weaver told Sports Spectrum. “In doing this, I hope more kids can wear a glove like I’m wearing and to wear it in their travel ball and their Little Leagues and their high schools and their colleges, to one day just be like, ‘Hey, I’m using a glove that helps me play this game, but I’m also expressing who I am, and I love every second of it.’ If someone wants to ask about it, guess what: Now we get to talk about it.”
The glove includes three Bible verses, according to Sports Spectrum:
- Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
- Matthew 19:26: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
- 1 Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Weaver has been a starter for most of his career.
“There did seem to be another gear when he was throwing out of the bullpen,” Royals general manager J.J. Picollo told MLB.com. “And then when you add in his breaking ball and changeup, it’s a pretty good arsenal. The other thing that really stood out is he commands the ball really well. Low walk rate, and I think he’ll complement what we’re trying to do in the ‘pen very well.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.