Episode 19: Take Me Out of the Ball Game - Pro Athlete Mike Marjama Talks Eating Disorders and Baseball


It takes an incredible amount of will, talent, and work to become a major league baseball player. So why did the former catcher for the Seattle Mariners, Mike Marjama, give it all up to share his story?
This special Q&A with Mike and his mom takes a look at how we can better equip each other to live full lives, accomplish great things, and rethink traditional masculinity. 




About Me:

As the 2018 Opening Day Starting Catcher for the Seattle Mariners, Mike Marjama’s mid-season retirement and decision to accept a role as Ambassador for the National Eating Disorder Association are both remarkable and inspiring. Struggles with eating disorders first surfaced for Mike in 7th grade, culminating in hospitalization and inpatient treatment during his Junior year of high school. Mike Marjama’s recovery led him on an amazing journey playing baseball around the country, eventually making his Major League debut at the age of 28 in September of 2017. This past winter, Lebron James’ Uninterrupted produced and filmed the mini-documentary “Marj”, detailing Mike Marjama’s story, which premiered exclusively on ABC’s Good Morning America on the Eve of MLB’s Opening Day. Recently retired, Mike is passionate about speaking openly about his struggles to inspire others, especially men and boys, to seek the help and support they deserve.  

Fun Facts:

  • I am a sucker for candy and sweets! I love cookies!! BUT I am a huge fan of Red Vines and especially Red Ropes. They are a family tradition and I grew up on them. Besides, I spent years avoiding them, I've got a lot of time to make up for that! 

  • I love to workout and challenge my body. Now that I am recovered, I like to view food as a way to fuel these challenges and make them possible. During the tough times, I wasn't able to do what I can do now that my body is nourished. So I like proving to myself what can be done when your body in a healthy way.   

  • I love to golf!

  • I also love to cook. I don't like cooking from a recipe. I just like creating something from the things laying around or things I can find in the garden, etc. 

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