• Patrick Norris

63. Mike Matheny – Manager of the Kansas City Royals




Welcome to Episode #63 of the Red Ink Revival Leadership Podcast. Today’s conversation is with the Manager of the Kansas City Royals, Mike Matheny. Before becoming the skipper for the Royals, Mike played for 13 seasons as a catcher and earned 4 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. He holds the MLB record for consecutive games without an error. As manager of the Cardinals, he became the first manager in MLB history to guide his team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. In his personal life, he has been married for 29 years and has 5 adult children. The greatest feature of his résumé is that he is a Jesus man.

Our conversation covers topic such as:

  • How Mike grew to love baseball.

  • The influence of Mike’s parents and grandparents on his formation.

  • How Mike came to a real faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Facing the odds of the highly competitive world of major league baseball.

  • What it was like to meet Kristin (his wife) while juggling a budding dream of professional baseball.

  • How prayer and surrender to Christ helped him navigate life decisions.

  • The priority as parents of committing to a local church.

  • How watching people live out their faith, even in struggle, has marked authentic faith in Mike.

  • How Mike grew in faith while unusual fame, power, stresses, and temptations were surrounding him.

  • The beauty and power of healthy relationships, mentors, and accountability.

  • Mike’s relational style of evangelism through hosting a home BBQ and friendship invitations.

  • How Mike goes about his daily devotional times with God.

  • How Mike journals in Bibles to give as gifts to his kids and grandkids as a historical sample of his faith.

  • Developing a spiritual board of advisors to challenge growing faith.

  • How Mike defines real metrics of success.

  • The best way for pastors to actually lean in on a professional athlete or high-capacity leader.

  • Why Mike prays for his own pastor more than anything else.

  • How Mike handles setbacks in career goals while holding onto a healthy sense of identity.

  • How Mike will begin relationships with players to make them ultimate winners.

  • How Mike builds trust and love, yet is able to have radical candor with players.

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Edited and produced by Evan (Emac) McAlister

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