MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

08/18/14
 

Trevor Plouffe's Wife Olivia Plouffe

 

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Trevor Plouffe's wife Olivia Plouffe lags just behind Trevor on their hikes, and Trevor documents her hiking progress. I am referring to the funny double entendre that Trevor posted with a picture on Twitter looking down at her and saying "these mountains bring a tear to my eye," her cleavage visible from above.

Last year, Trevor expressed the disappointment he felt about Ryan Braun testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and getting slapped with a 65-game suspension, effectively ending his friend's season. He'd known Ryan for quite a while, and he was more than bummed out about the bashing he was receiving from the media and fans after the suspension. The thing that jumped out at me was what Trevor said regarding his progress in the weight room. He basically told reporters that he'd struggled with weights and "go through the progression I have to go through too." So are we to translate this as "the 'roids didn't really even help him that much," or perhaps "if that was him on 'roids, than I'd hate to have seen him without them"? Probably not, but the message is that he wasn't in the weight room doing military press reps with 300 pounds. You'll never find Plouffes wife Olivia 'roiding up before a big day out at the salon or shopping mall. She does all of her cardio on the mountain range.

So if we focus on Trevor for a moment-- he's been pretty mediocre, to say the most, his entire career in the Majors. In five season and 436 games played, the best he's ever batted for a season is .254. The year before he put up that average, he his a career-high 24 homers and 55 RBI's. There's been rumors for awhile that he'd get replaced at third baseman for some time, and in 2012 he was actually the worst fielding third baseman in the AL, committing 19 errors. You'd think with such a hot wife like Olivia he'd be able to settle down and focus on sharpening up some of his glovesmanship.

08/14/14
 

Rob Manfred's wife Colleen Manfred

 

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When Rob Manfred received the required three-fourths vote of Major League Baseball's owners votes, he officially took the throne as one of the four most important men in sports. Welcome to the commissioner's chair, Mr. Manfred - fix this great game. Enough about you. Lets meet Rob Manfred's wife Colleen Manfred.

After she attended Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI, Colleen met future husband Rob Manfred while attending Le Moyne College. Rob attended the school for two years before transferring to Cornell, whereas Colleen graduated from the school in 1980. Rob was ultimately given an honorary degree from Le Moyne in 2010. She later moved on to obtain and MBA from George Washington University. Rob and Colleen Manfred (formerly Colleen Feely) have four grown children, Megan, Mike, Jane, and Mary. The Manfred's currently reside in Tarrytown, New York - but no word if the new gig as commish of the greatest game on earth will require relocation.

The Manfred's have done a great job minimizing their social media exposure, which is probably the right move for a sitting commissioner. Outside a couple of marriage notices for their children, there isn't a ton known about the Manfred family of six. One of the concerns lobbed about Manfred was his parallels to Selig in his discomfort with the public spotlight. IN this day and age of constant exposure, it will be interesting to watch the evolution of the man ruling a game in desperate need of some polish and modernization. Congratulations,... and good luck to Rob Manfred - You have your work cut out for you.


 

Tommy Milone's Wife Tina Milone

 

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Tommy Milone's wife Tina Milone can hit his changeup with ease. Tina is an all-around fun girl, according to her Twitter page. She routinely posts more interesting stuff than most people I follow on Twitter, but I myself am sort of a neanderthal when it comes to getting the most out of Twitter, so my standards aren't that high. Anyway, the reason I say Tina can hit his changeup with ease is because she handles most situations gracefully.

Tommy boy had been having himself a nice year alongside his Oakland pals before heading off to Minnesota in a trade deadline deal netting Oakland Sam Fuld in return. Keeping his ERA under 4 is a good sign, and he's 6-3 so far, having started 15 games. He's not a huge strikeout guy, but he is a clever pitcher who concentrates on keeping batters on their toes. His fastball is sub-90, but he uses his cutter, curve, and changeup well, and his curveball has a "whiff" rate of 33% according to Wikipedia. Nothing like a solid whiff rate to bump up your pay, which for Tommy is only $510,000. Seems like a deal to me. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill portrayed the Oakland organization kind of like this in "Moneyball." It seems like the Athletics offices really do know how to pinch pennies and get max value out of guys. What's really happening is that until he hits free agency, he's locked into his low contract. You can bet your glove and cap that he won't be making 500 grand when its time for contract negotiations. He'll probably become a Yankee. The big question is does it make sense to pay someone based on their past performance? I say it does, but a lot of people would argue with me.

Tina likes to post smart stuff about taking care of animals and animal rights. She's one of those types, and I'm all for it. Who doesn't love animals? She's also a major A's fan, as you'd expect.