Cleveland Indians Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

11/12/14

Corey Kluber's wife Amanda Kluber

 

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Corey Kluber's wife Amanda Kluber is definitely proud of her Cy Young award winning husband, but I still doubt it gets him out of baby duty tonight.

Kluber's wife Amanda gave birth to the couple's second child just months before Kluber kicked off his 2014 Cy Young campaign. And Amanda knows exactly how to tug at the voting public's heart strings. When Kluber was nominated for the final AL All Star spot in July, Amanda took to Twitter to use their children to beg the public to vote Kluber to the All Star game. Now ultimately, it didn't work, but you can't blame a gal for using what's at her disposal.

Amanda Kluber moved to Cleveland from the family's Jacksonville home in 2014. Amanda is originally from the Northeast, tweeting support and referring to Boston as "back home," following the marathon bombing tragedy. One might be able to point to some home stability to help Kluber become the best pitcher in the American League. In various interviews Corey acknowledges there's never really a break from mom duty for a traveling baseball player's wife, he relishes the time he's home with the family. The couple tries to carve out time for Game Of Thrones every week, telling Cleveland.com

"I'm a big fan. My wife Amanda and I try to set aside sometime every Sunday after the girls go to sleep to watch. The Red Wedding was intense. I didn't see it coming. Lonnie Chisenhall has read all the books so he knew, but I had no idea. I would like to say Tyrion is going to make it, but they kill off every main character. You've got to put your money on that.

04/23/13 (Updated)

Drew Stubbs' girlfriend (?) Samantha Steele

 

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Is Drew Stubbs dating Samantha Steele, ESPN college basketball and football sideline reporter? Although we can’t be certain, the information out there suggests that yes, Drew Stubbs girlfriend is Samantha Steele.

Geography-wise, it adds up. Stubbs went to University of Texas and now hails from Texarkana. Steele, who also works for the Longhorn Network, moved to Austin after landing that role. And then there’s the rumor mill. The two were spotted hanging out together at this year’s ESPYs and again later in the year at a Cincinnati Bearcats football game. TerezOwens.com is reporting a fellow ESPN colleague confirmed Stubbs and Steele are indeed dating.

Stubbs’ career to this point has been somewhat disappointing, as I’m sure most Cincinnati fans will agree. He was can’t miss five tool prospect who so far has struggled at the plate, especially with strikeouts (he led the majors in 2011 and added another 166 this year while batting a dismal .213). On the other hand, Steele is an up and comer at ESPN, replacing Erin Andrews on Gameday after Andrews departed for Fox Sports. From a career standpoint, they are certainly headed in opposite directions.

If Stubbs and Steele are truly dating, it’s not surprise they are keeping it on the down low. ESPN (or The Mothership as Dan Patrick lovingly refers to it) strongly prefers that their on-air talent not date athletes. They do allow exceptions, as was the case with Michelle Beadle and Matthew Barnaby, but those are few in far between. So while it’s not out of the realm of possibility the alleged couple comes out publicly, it’s highly unlikely. But we’ll be sure to let you know.

11/29/13 (Updated)

Terry Francona's wife Jacque Lang

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10-12-2011: According to a Boston Globe article, the Red Sox brass was apparently concerned that Terry Francona's painkiller addiction affected his job performance. Tito denies this (obviously) but it does make you wonder. Something else that the Globe outed was that Francona apparently spent the entire season living out of a hotel after separating from his wife of 30 years, Jacque Lang. Francona moved out of the couples' Brookline home and spent the season in a hotel but, again of course, he denies that these marital problems caused any problems with his managing. Given how the season ended, it's hard to believe that a separation of a 30 year marriage and a possible addiction to painkillers had nothing to do with the epic collapse of the Red Sox. We wish Tito nothing but the best but wonder if perhaps the split from the Red Sox isn't the best course of action for both parties.



Terry Francona married his wife Jacque Lang on January 9, 1982, in the first offseason following Tito's rookie year with the Montreal Expos. Terry and Jacque have four children together, son Nicholas, and daughters Alyssa, Leah, and Jamie. Baseball runs in the family blood, with Terry's father having been a former major leaguer. Terry Francona's son Nicholas played baseball through college and some Cape Cod League ball, while two daughters played softball for UNC. Until the Red Sox blundered by firing Tito, he and Jacque lived in Brookline, MA.

While living in Brookline, Terry and Jacque were key members of the community in supporting various charities, most notably hosting a gala called "Believing in Brookline Kids," to help found the Brookline Community Mental Health Center Kids’ Fund.

On a personal note: Terry Francona was arguably the best manager and almost inarguably the most important manager in Red Sox history. The guy could always handle the press, the fans, and for the most part, an eclectic and at times difficult cast of characters in the clubhouse. What ranks at the top of the list of awesome Terry Francona moments comes from an infamous picture floating the web of Tito standing shirtless and flexing at what is purportedly his daughter's engagement party, while the guy rumored to be his future son-in-law looks on in terror. There's just something about the stoic, stone faced, shirtless and gun flexing Francona that speaks volumes about the dude.

Thank you for the two rings, Tito, and best of luck with your next team.