MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

07/28/14
 

Noah Syndegaard's girlfriend Samantha Van Veen

 

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Noah Syndegaards’s girlfriend Samantha Van Veen doesn’t have to be concerned that her Mets’ boyfriend is not likely to reach the big leagues until later this season. As the 11th top prospect in all of baseball, the minor league pitcher is giving New York fans a reason to pay attention this spring.

On September 1 2010, the tiny blonde from Mansfield Texas posted on facebook that she was in a relationship with Noah Syndeguaard. And since then, Samantha Van Veen has been Noah Syndeguaard’s biggest fan. The Texas A&M senior proved herself from her dude’s first spring outing, when she was glued to Twitter waiting to see the results. “When the game isn't televised= twitter stalking to the max to get updates,” tweeted Samantha Van Veen.

Aside from her boyfriend, Samantha Van Veen loves her dog Miley. She apparently enjoys guns, an occasional keg stand and the Aggies. Samantha Van Veen is also involved in an on-campus student organization. As the Secretary for the Agricultural Economics Society at A&M, Samantha Van Veen is part of an organization that is the representative of the national Agriculture & Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

But this spring, Samantha Van Veen will likely be paying more attention to her man’s playing instead of school. Although the Mets have indicated the front-runners for their positions will be veterans, they have a history of bringing up heralded prospects a few months into the season. This was true of both Harvey and Wheeler. With Noah Synderguaard’s high-octane fastball and “hook-from-hell” it seems apparent he is on the same track to success. Alongside Samantha Van Venn, we here at PlayerWives will surely be watching and waiting to see.

07/23/14
 

Barry Bonds' girlfriend Mari Holden

 

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Barry Bond’s girlfriend Mari Holden is a force on a bicycle. She’s an Olympic cycling medalist, a former world time trial champion and a fixture at the major US tours.

The couple connected because the former MLB player took up a new sport, cycling. When the couple met, Mari Holden could crush Barry Bonds on an incline, and apparently he loved that. “He’s very animated about it, and very funny,” Specialized Bicycle Components founder and CEO Mike Sinyard, Bonds’ friend, told sportsonearth.com. “He couldn’t believe it: ‘How is this little, beautiful woman passing me going up this hill?’”

But Barry Bonds isn’t cycling to win; he’s doing it to stay in shape without pounding on his body. He turned to cycling after a string of knee, back and hip surgeries. Mari Holden, on the other hand, is cycling to win, and she’s done a good job of it. In 2000, the Ventura California native won the world time trial championship as well as a silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Sydney, Australia. She’s also won six US championships. Not to mention the fact that she became the first American woman to win three consecutive U.S. time trial championships (1998–2000) and scored a double by winning the US time trial and road championships in 1999.

The 42-year-old Mari Holden began cycling with her high school fitness club. It wasn’t until 1992, when she moved to Colorado Springs, that she began training with the US cycling team. These days, Mari Holden is being called one of the "greatest ambassadors in the sport of cycling" by Ride Magazine (March, 2008). She coaches and holds cycling clinics and camps as well as serves as a consultant on women's cycling issues and products. She also served on the board of directors of USA Cycling. And most interestingly, Mari Holden also formerly served on the athletic advisory committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee and was athlete ambassador to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. It’s too bad the couple wasn’t dating in 2011, when Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice. Perhaps she could’ve given him some pointers.

07/20/14
 

Tom Glavine's Wife Christine Glavine

 

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Tom Glavine's wife Christine Glavine is bummed that he never pursued his professional hockey career. Allow me to explain: Tom was actually drafted by the Los Angeles Kings back in 1984. If you don't believe me, check here. If you go on Christine's Twitter site, you'll notice that she's an absolutely rabid Bruins fan. In particular, she's an obsessive Patrice Bergeron fan. So basically all this baseball stuff is fine, but I'm thinking Christine would have much preferred Tom play for the Bruins. He probably would've been okay. They still would have had a son named Peyton, who probably isn't named after any hockey player or baseball player.

Tom's from the same place my mom is from-- historic Concord Massachusetts. He grew up in Billerica, which is a few towns over. He was Merrimack Valley's MVP in hockey, and he was also pretty solid in baseball, winning the Division 1 North Title. Must be pretty awesome to be that talented in two sports. The chicks must've been all over the kid. So he got drafted into the NHL (Wikipedia points out he was drafted ahead of Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille) and also drafted into the Majors by the Braves. Like Maddux, he played on a few minor league clubs, and he was honestly not that great. His last season before getting called up to the Majors, he was 6-12. He then had two pretty poor years for the Braves, going 2-4 with 9 starts and then 7-17 with 34 starts. One can only imagine he and Maddux were working together trying to figure out how to survive in the big leagues. He finally turned it around his third year and went 14-8. A few years later, the guy is going 20-11, 20-8, 22-6 and winning Cy Young awards. Tom spent 17 seasons on the Braves, so of course he's going to wear a Braves cap on his hall of fame plaque.

Christine made a joke on her Twitter page about how stoic Glavine was when he received the call about his induction into the hall of fame. She said "the call, stoic, but you know that about him." It's exactly the same face he'd have on the mound. That is to say Glavine was a cool customer, never getting emotional and staying calm. That's how you get 305 wins, I guess.