James Shields married the former Ryane Barber in November, 2007 in Hawaii. They have two daughters, and reside in Clearwater, Florida together.
During the 2010 season, James and Ryane opened the "Big Game James Club," at Tropicana field. The exclusive club is designed for foster children to have an opportunity to attend a Major League Baseball game. The cause is close to the couple having multiple personal encounters with adoption; James' brother adopted two children and continues to raise them. In an interview with MLB.com, Ryane said,
When I was about 15, my dad ended up taking off and I had to end up living with my aunt. So that's where I can empathize where foster kids are coming from. Not really feeling comfortable in your own setting. And not having your own home or your own bedroom, that kind of stuff.
Professionally, James Shield's wife Ryane owns a photography business.James Shields wife Ryane Shields,