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Michael Cuddyer is a late bloomer. The 34 year old Rockies outfielder is entering the national discussion for the first time in his 12 year career while in the midst of a 27 game hitting streak. Outside of Minnesota and Colorado, most non-fantasy junkies didn't know a whole lot about the power hitting corner outfielder with one notable exception: Michael Cuddyer's wife Claudia Cuddyer.
Michael Cuddyer married the formerly Claudia Rente on November 11, 2006 while he was breaking in with the Minnesota Twins. The couple first began dating in 2003, and had their first child, Casey on June 20, 2008. Claudia and Michael later had twins, daughters Claudia and Madeline, born on December 6, 2011.
Claudia worked as a teacher before dedicating time to charity work and her family. She was prominent in the Twins Wives organization for helping to coordinate birthday bag giveaways for Cheerful Givers, an organization in Minnesota helping to provide birthday gifts to children of families who may not otherwise be able to afford them.
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Carlos Gonzalez has quickly become one of the most consistent and dangerous hitters in baseball despite an injury plagued and disappointing end to the 2012 season. At age 27, Gonzalez is entering his prime, and a huge bounceback was anticipated by many. Age 27 has also proven to be an age for CarGo to start to settle things off the field as well, and the woman to help that transition would be Carlos Gonzalez's wife Indonedia Riera.
As a long time fantasy hero to the writers of this blog, we'd previously searched for information about CarGo off the field but always came up with nothing. After marrying Indonesia Riera on October 20, 2012, there was still little buzz about his newlywed status. It wasn't until spring training 2013, that word started to leak about Gonzalez's busy offseason. In addition to his marriage to Riera, and a trip home to Venezuela, Gonzalez also officially adopted his new bride's young son. Gonzalez seems to be taking to the new lifestyle, telling the Associated Press,
"It's been great. Having my wife all the time around me, and her son, it's a new experience for us. We definitely enjoy it. We went back to Venezuela for a while, spent time with my family and her family, and so far it's been great. I love having her right next to me and supporting me in good moments and bad moments."
The new lifestyle is paying off as CarGo is off to a scorching hot start. Fantasy owners everywhere thank Indonesia Riera for putting CarGo in a great place.
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It's amazing what being a pro athlete can get a man.
Take Rockies utility infielder (and de facto starting 2B) Josh Rutledge for example. After being called up to the bigs to cover Troy Tulowitzki during the 2012 season, Rutledge put together a solid, if not spectacular, 73 game rookie campaign. Rutledge did a fine job filling in for Tulo, but didn't really light the world on fire.
That, however, hasn't set him back off the field,... at all. Take for instance Josh Rutledge's girlfriend Laura McKeeman, who also happens to be Miss Florida. We'd heard whispers of their relationship for a few days, but McKeeman was kind enough to give us hard working bloggers the confirmation of their relationship by posting regular tweets about her boyfriend Josh Rutledge.
McKeeman won the Miss Florida title in 2012 after wowing judges with a ballet routine. The University of Florida grad now works for the San Diego Padres after previously working as a field level reporter for Fox Sports covering the Tampa Bay Rays. You gotta imagine road trips to Colorado and San Diego will be fun for the couple this season.