MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

10/31/14

Bud Selig's Wife Sue Selig

 

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Bud Selig is retiring as the commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Bud Selig's wife Suzanne Selig or "Sue" for short, can now advise him more on what pieces of art to buy. She is on the board at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and she lets him make all the purchasing selections, as she explained in a 2007 USA Today article. She also calls her husband "obsessive-compulsive," which I would think is useful for a guy who always has a lot to do. Now, Bud will have less to do. Or at least he'll have more time to do other things.

Selig married his wife Sue back in the 70's, and back then she was a real estate broker in their fine city of Milwaukee. Bud, in addition to being the president of the Milwaukee Brewers (at that time a new baseball club) was also the proprietor of a car dealership. You can imagine how difficult it would have been to keep that business going after becoming the commish in the 90's. The Brewers actually used to be a team called the Seattle Pilots, and after Bud picked them up in 1970, he moved them to Milwaukee. After Sue married Bud, she started focusing much of her attention on community outreach and charity. She was an organizer for Auxiliary of Mount Sinai Medical Center, and she was also part of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Campaign.


Bud and wife Sue have kids from separate marriages, but they're all one big family and have been for some time. Sue's daughter is named Lisa Steinman, and she works for MLB. Nice to be able to get a job from the stepdad. Bud's daughters are Wendy and Sari, and they've got kids of their own now. Incidentally, Bud kept his ownership in the family after he became Commissioner. He transferred the ownership to his daughter to avoid "conflicts of interest." I mean, I don't think that would really avoid conflicts of interest at all, but it's a legally good enough move. The Brewers are a cool organization. Glad to see they're still chugging along.

10/30/14 (Updated)

Joe Maddon's Wife Jaye Maddon

 

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It's all but totally confirmed that Joe Maddon will be the Cubs' new manager, and Joe Maddon's wife Jaye Maddon is knows exactly how to transport her dogs to Chicago. The couple had a house in California where their three dogs lived, but they decided last year to move them to Florida where Joe was coaching the Rays. Jaye could not stomach moving her Great Dane and English Bulldog via plane since the Great Dane suffers from bloat and putting dogs in a cargo hold is generally pretty horrible. So their solution was to buy a recreational vehicle-- a home on wheels.

Now it looks like Joe and wife Jaye will put that badboy to use once again. Jaye and Joe met in California, and they've actually already got three separate homes in Pennsylvania, Tampa, and California. That will likely change now, but the California home is certainly not going anywhere since Jaye spends most of her time there teaching law at the University of Phoenix. The couple met back in 1995 when they were both married to other people, and it was only in 2008 when they finally tied the knot. Jaye was working as an accountant at an athletic club that Joe used to go when he was the Angels coach, and he used to leave her tickets to the games since she was and remains a huge baseball fan. Must be pretty cool to have a wife who actually digs baseball when you're a baseball manager. Too bad she's an Angels fan and not a Cubs fan. The two teams don't really even play each other.

The couple also both like fast cars, according to the Tampa Tribue. They apparently have quite a lot in common, and their living arrangement seems to be working out for them quite well (they apparently don't seem a whole lot of each other since Jaye prefers to stay in California. Jaye's best friend says of the couple: "I would say they are perfectly matched."

10/30/14 (Updated)

Jose Canseco's Girlfriend Leila Knight

 

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Okay, so Jose Canseco blew his finger off. You've probably already heard about it, but it's bad news. The reason Jose is in more trouble than you might think is that he really screwed up an important artery, and there's a possibility he'll lose the whole hand. Jose Canseco's girlfriend Leila Knight has been responding two a ton of texts, tweets, and phone calls assuring everyone that Jose will be okay, but also making it known that she's worried about her man's future use of his hand.

This woman has got a good sense of humor, and she does a bit of everything. She's a model, of course, but she also has done some stunt work. Yes, she has been a stuntwoman, and a lot of her ability to do stunts probably comes from her gymnastics background. When she was little, she caught the bug and competed throughout her adolescence. She then became a gymnastics coach and helped kids train and compete for eight years. She has also appeared in various photo shoots, commercials, and even an episode or two of television. Apparently she was in an episode of the show Cougar Town (the Courteney Cox series on ABC). Lastly, Canseco's girlfriend Leila also calls herself a professional poker player. This is pretty unusual, and I'm very curious to know what tournaments she's competed in, or if she plays strictly cash games. Does she make a profit? I have a friend who plays poker professionally, and you've apparently got to be quite disciplined and focused.

Aside from Jose's interesting girlfriend Leila, it's probably worth noting how interesting a guy Canseco himself is. I love the guy. I think he's really entertaining and a bit of a goofball. As grim as blowing off your finger is, it may get classified as "just another Canseco moment" a few years from now. My favorite Canseco moment was when the 6'4" former baseball player challenged a 5'9" former football player to a boxing match, and got knocked out in the first round. He then went on to try and prove himself in mixed martial arts.