Chicago Cubs Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

07/23/13
 

Alfonso Soriano's wife Angelica Soriano

 

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This is one that makes me feel old. Do you realize Alfonso Soriano is 37? I mean seriously, I know it feels like he's been around forever,... but 37? I mean come on!

While Soriano has skipped around various baseball cities over the years including New York, Arlington, Washington and now Chicago, Soriano is now on the brink of a return to where he started his Major League career with the Yankees. Alfonso Soriano's wife Angelica Soriano will be taking the trip with him (provided he waives his 10-5 rights) and the couple will need to find a big pad back in New York. Alfonso and Angelica Soriano have six children together, three sons Allen, Angel, Alfonso Jr, and three daughters, Alisis, Angeline and Alisha. Fortunately, pulling in $17M this year and next, they should do alright for themselves in the housing market. There's not much more information known about Angelica Soriano, who probably prefers it that way after Deadspin had a lengthy article about Soriano's alleged "road beef." Their awesome words, not ours.

For those who forget, Soriano cracked the Yankees big league roster in 1999 after a couple years playing pro ball in Japan. He became a household name during his tenure in the Bronx before being dealt for Alex Rodriguez in 04. He would later land in Washington before signing the largest contract in Chicago Cubs history, earning an 8 year, $136M deal. Soriano has been generous with his money, donating more than $2.6M to help fund baseball programs for children in his native Dominican Republic.

11/30/12
 

Edwin Jackson's girlfriend Erika Zanders

 

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No stranger to moving around, Edwin Jackson finally found his comfort zone last year for the Washington Nationals. He was a workhorse for a surprisingly good Nationals staff, which led the team to their first playoff birth since moving to DC in 2005. Now he is one of the top free agent pitchers on the market, needing to choose whether to stay with the Nats or move on to his 9th professional team.

Jackson has been somewhat of an enigma since being called up for the Dodgers in 2003. Originally drafted as an outfielder, he made a seamless conversion to a starting pitcher and was considered a top prospect. He’s had games where he can barely throw a strike and at times looks unhittable. In a game that epitomizes of his career, Jackson pitched a no hitter against a former team (Tampa Bay) in 2010 while giving up 8 walks over 149 pitches. Figuratively and literally unhittable, all wrapped up in one.

One thing that is stable is Jackson’s personal life. With long term relationship supporting him, Edwin Jackson's girlfriend Erika Zanders is set to become Edwin Jackson's wife when they are wed this coming January. They are getting married in Fort Lauderdale, which they chose because it is a warm destination that their grandparents don’t have to travel far to get to. Also in attendance will be their son, who is 1 year old.

11/17/11
 

Mark Grace's ex wife Tanya Grace


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Former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace married Tanya Avila on January 5, 2002. The marriage was short lives, as the couple was divorced in January, 2006.
Mark and Tanya Grace had two sons together; Jackson Gene born in 2000, and Preston Torre born in October, 2003 during the first week of Mark's retirement from baseball.

This was Mark's second marriage, after his first marriage to Michelle Grace ended in divorce in 1993 (after being married in 1988). After their divorce, Michelle wound up marrying Ray Liotta.

Tanya Grace will be appearing on the new VH1 show, Baseball Wives beginning on November 30th. This is the latest spinoff in the series of reality shows featuring the wives, girlfriends and exes of professional athletes.