MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

10/23/14

Omar Infante's Wife Yohanna Infante

 

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Omar Infante's wife Yohanna Infante believes that home is where the heart is. The two native Venezuelans live in Lecheria on the northeast coast of their country. Man, there is a lot of Venezuelan baseball talent in the Majors. The Giants and the Royals are no stranger to that talent either. After last night, Kansas City is really appreciating it more than they ever have. Omar busted the tie and broke the game open.

Omar and wife Yohanna have a son. His name is, presumably, a combination of their names: Yomar. That's a pretty slick move. I wish more couples would do that. Angela and Buck Showalter would have had a kid named Buckula Showalter. That would've been the cat's meow. Yohanna is plenty happy with the huge pay-bumps Omar has taken over the past six years. Compare his Atlanta contract in 2008 of $4.3 million to his four-year 30-plus million deal and we're talking about a lot of financial security. They might be able to buy a few towns in Venezuela after he retires. The couple has been married for over ten years, and they've seen their ups and downs as far as Omar's career goes. Remember back in 2010 when people were trashing Infante as an all-star selection because they felt he didn't have the stats, and Omar agreed with them! Then there was the game back in April where he got nailed in the face by a fastball from Heath Bell, who clearly did not want that to happen. You can only imagine how Yohanna felt when she saw that happen. The worst part was the broadcasters saying "Oh you never want to see that happen" and then replaying it in super slow motion multiple times and zoomed in. I guess that's modern baseball, folks. Yohanna is attending all the home games and wearing her cap, hoping the Royals will pull it off.

10/23/14 (Updated)

Nori Aoki's Wife Sachi Ohtake Aoki

 

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Nori Aoki's wife Sachi Ohtake Aoki has been with him since 2008, having been introduced by a mutual friend. They tied the knot about two years later. This was a big move for Sachi since she was formerly a television broadcaster in Japan, and she had a serious career going for herself. Up and moving to the United States to be with her pro baseball-playing husband was a big decision.

Sachi was well aware of how the top baseball players in Japan operate and what they're looking to do once they've peaked. It's essentially a game of testing yourself and making the move into MLB. Nori certainly qualifies as a top baseball player. He may be the hardest batter to strike out in the Majors (K'ing once every fifteen at-bats or so). For Nori, marrying his wife Sachi was something of a tradition for Japanese-born MLB players. Hideki Okajima, Kazuhisa Ishii, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Ichiro Suzuki all did the exact same thing. Who can blame them? Being easy on the eyes makes you a good candidate for television broadcasting, and that goes hand in hand with being a good candidate for baseball marriages, apparently.

The couple has had two children in the past few years, and they take trips back to Japan in the offseason to visit friends and relatives. Sachi actually keeps an incredibly detailed blog with all kinds of pictures and anecdotes (I think). Unfortunately, it's basically gibberish since Google Translate isn't yet up to the task of translating Japanese into discernible English. You can sort of get the gyst of what she's talking about-- mostly detailed stories and ideas about life in America and her husband's progress and adventures in baseball. She seems really smart and peppy, but I wouldn't be able to confirm it without dozens and dozens of hours with the Rosetta Stone.

10/23/14 (Updated)

Javier Lopez's Wife Renee Richards Lopez

 

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Javier Lopez's wife Renee Richards Lopez waited until Javier got his degree to marry him. This was at the insistence of Renee's father, whom asked young Javier to wait to get it before getting hitched. My guess is he saw it as incentive? Either way, I like how Renee's father was thinking. Plan for the future and insure yourself with a degree. Mind you, he only finished his degree (in psychology) three years after he was drafted into the Majors. Seems weird to me because-- did Renee's dad make that deal before Javier was drafted or after? It would have been a seriously raw deal to make if he'd already been drafted and his fate was known. Not many pro baseball players go on to become psychologists (or none that I've ever heard of).

Javier and Renee had known each other for quite some time before they started dating at the University of Virginia. They were actually students and friends in high school before they moved on to the mega-university. They've known each other for quite a while, and now they're both hardened parents. They've got two kids, Kylan and Christian, and judging by the thoughtful note that Javier wrote to Renee on Mother's Day, Renee is doing a fantastic job as a mom: "I would like to be the first to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. It has been a great 10 months in the making and our baby girl is lucky to have you as her mother. You are caring, compassionate, and most of all a loving person which are the qualities I fell in love with and our girl will appreciate as she gets older." Now that is very sweet indeed.

Let's see if Javier and wife Renee are up to the task of being World Series parents for a third time. Javier has won two championships before-- one with the Red Sox and one with the Giants in 2010.