Padres Jon Edwards Finishes Powerful 2015


When the Padres acquired Jon Edwards from the Texas Rangers for longtime outfielder Wil Venable, he was seen a potential future closer and bullpen arm. There is much more to his story though than just pitching.

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In this recent interview with LifeNews, Jon and his wife Katelyn discuss the past year and everything that happened with it. From Jon being diagnosed with cancer, to getting pregnant, then getting traded and moving shortly before the scheduled birth of their baby. They welcomed their son Benjamin October 24th of this year.

After being diagnosed with testicular cancer, Edwards was forced into immediate surgery. Rather than a procedure that would eliminate the chance for natural babies, Jon went for another approach and was happy with the results the following day:

“The CAT scan came back clean: my lymph nodes, torso, everything completely cancer-free,”

Pretty good start to things. As the Edwards reported to Surprise, AZ to report for the Rangers spring training, they soon found out they had their own surprise with a pregnancy announcement. The Edwards both have a strong Christian faith which they credit for helping them take all of the changes of the past year in stride.

Edwards is excited about the changes taking place for the Padres, noting:

"“In August, we were traded to the San Diego Padres. It was unexpected, but I knew God was moving us—closing one door, to open another door that would be better. I’m excited about all the changes that we’re having in our organization: new managers, players—I’m looking forward to the opportunity we have to be there and to glorify the Lord.”"

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With Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit traded, Edwards is expected to compete for a set-up if not closer role, though he had mixed success with the Padres after being traded last season.

New Padres Manager Andy Green is spending this off-season getting to know some of his players and Edwards is excited about working with his new manager. After the tumultuous 2015, Edwards is hoping 2016 will bring a stable year for him and his family.