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Kevin Malone - Former MLB General Manager

BIO:

Former MLB GM, Kevin Malone, was the General Manager for the LA Dodgers and Montreal Expos, and assistant GM for the Baltimore Orioles. He also spent time with the Twins, Indians, and Braves. His current passion is sharing his family’s powerful story of undeniable grace, God’s mercy, and his son’s miraculous healing from a traumatic brain injury caused by a drug overdose. A powerful 20-minute short film, called The Shawn Miracle, is available for viewing at https://www.shawnmiracle.com/watch/.


TOPICS:

  • The journey of becoming a General Manager in Major League Baseball
  • The challenges faced in professional sports, and staying true to your spiritual journey
  • Family failures and regrets
  • The story of his son, Shawn
  • God’s intervention
  • Advice to parents who have a child in a dark place
  • Introducing Jesus to others
  • His ministry, The United States Institute Against Human Trafficking

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