Anibal Sanchez’s wife Ana Sanchez is actually his second wife. In 2007 Anibal and his first wife had a son that they named Alan. Tragically within three months Anibal’s son contracted dengue fever and passed away. The marriage soon broke down after and Anibal and his first wife divorced.
This came on the heels of a lost season with Anibal undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. Pitchers can deal with a lot of injuries but shoulders are the one injury no pitcher wants to have. So having lost his son, wife, and coming off shoulder surgery I think it is safe to say Anibal was not in a great place both personally and professionally.
But, things seemed to turn for the better when Anibal met Ana.
Anibal Sanchez’s wife Ana Sanchez
The couple married in 2011 while Anibal was still with the Marlins. The Sanchez family was already used to moving around a bit, and this was the beginning of an odyssey for them. In July of ’12 he was traded to Detroit to help bolster a potential lethal playoff rotation. The playoffs are not the only thing Anibal had to look forward to in October. Anibal and Ana are expecting their first child at the start of October, naming the little girl Anabella.
Anibal’s playing career has brought the family through Boston, Miami, Detroit, Minnesota, Atlanta and now Washington. In December of 2017, Anibal Sanchez’s wife gave birth to their son, Anibal Jr. So, to recap, Anibal has a child named Alan, Anaballa, Anibal Jr, and a wife named Ana. Wow. Just wow.
Family comes first
You hear that platitude a lot in sports, but when it comes to how the Nationals handled Anibal Sanchez, it proved true.
Between the constant moving, and tragedy Anibal has previously experienced in life, it was time for his family to settle down and grow roots. Anabella has started first grade, and would have been impossible for her to follow him through the country and keep up with school work. Washington manager Dave Martinez supported Anibal in a unique position that we’ve never seen in sports before. The Washington Post explains
Some guys say it, and don’t mean it. Some people mean it but don’t follow through. The Nationals embody that family comes first. An amazing consideration for a guy who’s been through a hell of a lot. Family first