Baltimore Orioles Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

04/07/14 (Updated)

Kevin Gausman's girlfriend Taylor North

 

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The 2014 Major League Baseball season is set to begin on March 22, and we’re all wondering one thing … will the highly touted 2012 first-round draft pick Kevin Gausman become the Orioles first legitimate home-grown stud starter since Mike Mussina? One thing is for sure though, Kevin Gausman’s girlfriend Taylor North will be there cheering him on.

The Louisiana State University cheerleader, Taylor North, was in the front row right behind the dugout for Kevin Gausman’s MLB debut in Toronto last spring. And she couldn’t have been more pleased. The day before his big game on May 23, 2013, Taylor North posted on instagram, “So extremely proud of this amazing guy for getting the big call and for all of his hard work that got him where he is right now! Couldn't imagine a more deserving and appreciative guy!”

It seems Taylor North has been cheering on Kevin Gausman for quite some time now. The couple likely met while attending LSU. But, it didn’t take Kevin Gausman long to realize he had more than a pretty brunette on his hands: Taylor North is a visionary entrepreneur. At the young age of 14, Taylor North started her own business teaching young girls to tumble. By the time she was 17, Taylor North was raking in the big bucks and her clientele had grown from 4 girls to 30. But Taylor North didn’t have her own gym to teach out of. So what did this wise business woman do? She saved chunks of the money she made and used it to reinvest in her cheer business. A few years later, Lake Charles Sheer and Tumbling opened in Lake Charles Louisiana. Apparently, business is booming and staff has been increased to include Taylor North’s sister, Madison North.

With this business savvy cheerleader his side, Kevin Gausman is bound to succeed this season. But, if all else fails, Kevin Gausman can always rely on Taylor North to find them a new investment.

07/15/13

JJ Hardy's fiance Adrienne Acton

 

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Sometimes it just pays to be famous. You really can get away with a lot of things that us regular folk can not. Primary example of this is how JJ Hardy's fiancé Adrienne Acton and how they met.

Acton is a former softball player at the University of Arizona. While she was playing at the College World Series in 2007, Hardy happened to catch a game on TV. Clearly smitten by Acton, he called the school the next day and arranged a meeting. I mean, are you kidding me? That never works. But for Hardy, the ballsy move payed off and the couple appears happily engaged... although we are not sure when the happy day is scheduled for.

Hardy initially came up with Milkwaukee in 2005 as a promising shortstop. He was eventually traded to Minnesota for a year (where he was injured/awful) before moving on to Baltimore. During the baseball season, Acton has stuck with her softball roots, helping run local softball clinics in the Baltimore area. The couple spends the offseason at their home in Arizona.

05/15/13

Manny Machado's fiancee Yainee Alonso

 

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The baseball world is a tight knit community. Logically, it makes sense with teammates spending months together on the road, and in hotels from pro baseball all the way down through the farm systems. But the tight knit community extends outside the locker rooms as well. In the case of MLB phenom Manny Machado and his former University of Miami first baseman, and current San Diego Padre, Yonder Alonso, their friendship was spurned despite never donning the same uniform. Though the two were never teammates, their connection in the local baseball scene helped bring Manny Machado's fiancee Yainee Alonso into the picture.

Yainee Alonso is the sister of Yonder, who met Manny while the Yonder was playing at the University of Miami. Machado told the Baltimore Sun about the relationship with Alonso despite different home jerseys:

That’s the thing about Miami people. Guys that live in Miami ... I might live in Hialeah and he might be from Key West, but you’re from Miami, so even if we don’t know each other, we know the name and, automatically, it’s like we’ve known each other for years."

Manny and Yainee are set to be married on December 6, 2014 in Paris. As Machado told the Baltimore Sun in the same article, he's excited to officially become family with his closest friend Yonder, saying “We’re already like brothers,’