MLB Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

07/19/14
 

Greg Maddux's Wife Kathy Maddux

 

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Greg Maddux's wife Kathy Maddux may have turned the tide for his hall of fame logo selection. The legendary pitcher will go without a logo on his cap for his plaque when he's inducted into the Hall. In his explanation, he states that Kathy and himself "grew up in baseball in Chicago," which at first I thought meant that his wife was from Chicago, but it turns out his wife is from Fabulous Las Vegas.

Greg himself moved to Las Vegas in 1978. He met Kathy there in high school, and the two started dating. They got married in 1989, following his drafting in the second round in 1984. So this kind of explains "grew up in baseball in Chicago." It's not that they're from Chicago, but it's more like they dug their heels in there. After all, it wasn't until 1986 that he got his first start on the Cubs, after proving himself in the minors on teams like Pikefield, Peoria, Pittsfield, and Iowa. Things didn't go well. He was the youngest player in the National Leage, and went 2-4 with 5 starts that season. His second season he went 6-14 with 27 starts. Ouch. Then, in 1988 he was getting paid $82,500 dollars and managed to break out with an 18-8 record, making the all-star team. Then began his very long and massively successful era of dominance.

I mean, Maddux is one of the top 5 greatest pitchers who ever lived. It's very hard to say he's not a top 5 pitcher. Look at his stats. He won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards, and in that stretch of play was 75-29 with a 1.98 ERA. One year, he posted an ERA of 1.63 and went an astonishing 19-2. Yes, that's 19 wins and 2 losses, guys. That is absolutely nuts. You can go on and on about his accomplishments. The weird thing is the Atlanta Braves only won a single championship in all the time they had their monstrously talented squad assembled. The 1995 Braves: David Justice, Fred McGriff, Marquis Grissom, Chipper Jones, Ryan Klesko, Javy Lopez. Pitching lineup included John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux. Everyone was in their prime. How does that team not win every single year?


 

Frank Thomas' Wife Megan Thomas

 

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Frank Thomas, The Big Hurt. This guy was one of the best baseball players of the 90's. Frank Thomas' wife Megan Thomas has had two kids with the man, and she's not shy to show them off on twitter. Frank is going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in about a month. This is a pretty significant induction because, along with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, it marks only the second time in the history of the Hall of Fame that three players will be inducted in their very first year of eligibility. In case you're wondering, the other time was Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Robin Yount back in 1999. Craig Biggio missed the cutoff this year. Sorry, Craig-- maybe next year.

If you look at Frank Thomas' numbers from the 90's, it's easy to understand why he's been elected. He was a consecutive MVP in 1993 and 1994, hitting .317 and .353 with 41 and 38 homers, respectively. Over the course of 19 years, he was able to keep his lifetime batting average at .301, and he had 521 home runs and 2468 hits in his career. From 2001 to his retirement in 2008, he was kind of lackluster. He started petering off just as everyone else was injecting bodybuilder-size rations of steroids into their guns. Thomas is notable as one of the guys to speak out against the use of hormones and steroids as early as 1995. He was the only active player to be interviewed for the Mitchell Report, according to Wikipedia, and he did so voluntarily. I do believe him that he never used steroids, as he claims. I remember one year back in the late 90's when steroids became a thing, and out of nowhere Brady Anderson somehow became a guy that hit 50 home runs in a season. It's so obvious what was going on. Look at Brady Anderson's career stats, and you'll see a guy who hit 15-20 home runs per season, and then you'll see a guy who became Mark McGwire for a season.

Frank has also started a beer company called BHB (Big Hurt Beer), and his wife frequently posts pictures of people guzzling the stuff on her twitter. Megan seems like a fine, caring wife and mother. Frank also began a stint as a baseball analyst this year. Always nice to hear commentary from some of the best.

07/15/14
 

Tony Watson's Wife Cassie Watson

 

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Tony Watson's wife Cassie Watson is part of the couple's leadership council. What's a leadership council, you might ask? Well, to get the bottom of that one, we have to travel to Pittsburgh and go straight into the Pirates' locker room, where only the most esteemed members of the team are chosen for the job.

According to triblive.com, this leadership council is voted on by the players. It's a small group of players, and each one represents a part of the team. So for instance, there's a guy representing relief pitchers, a guy representing starting pitchers, a guy representing regular players. The first council did not include Watson, but he's since been upgraded to councilman. They get together from time to time and talk about how to make the team better. You know, it sounds an awful lot like a coaching staff. Do the Pittsburgh Pirates not have coaches and a manager? Last I checked, they did. The whole thing sounds completely redundant and unnecessary, but I guess the players in Pittsburgh are bored and want to make seniority amongst themselves official. By the way, there is no leadership council between Tony and Cassie, in case you couldn't guess by now.

Tony's been throwing some absolute smoke this year. He's an all-star for the first time, and his record is now at 5-1 with an extremely impressive 1.42 ERA. He throws some nice heat- generally upwards of 95 and 96 mph, and he's got great placement. It was a longtime struggle for Tony to make his way into the Majors. He was drafted in 2007 but had to drudge through years of playing inconsistent ball in the minors. His first good year came in 2012. Man, if you love baseball, you stick around and play it no matter what. He played 41 innings for the Pirates in 2011 after four years in the minors, then he got sent down to AAA for 34 more innings, and then finally he was planted on the Pirates relief roster for good.