The 2012 Major League Baseball season gets underway in earnest tonight when the Miami Marlins play the inaugural game in their brand new stadium against the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Now, we could mark the beginning of what looks to be another exciting baseball season by doing a list of the season’s most compelling storylines, or by making a bunch of predictions. But what’s the point of making predictions? They’re almost always 50% wrong. So instead, I thought what better way to say “welcome back” to the boys of summer than by ranking their smoking hot wives and girlfriends?
So behold: the 50 Hottest Baseball WAGs. Just like the All-Star Game, every team gets at least one representative. Also just like the All-Star Game, the best teams have the most representatives. Leading the pack this year are the Philadelphia Phillies, who have a whopping 9 wives or girlfriends on the list.
But enough of the preface. Let’s play ball!
Well, someone had to come in last, right? Don’t take it personal, Ashley. It’s an honor just to make the team.
50. Ashley McCann (Brian McCann)
Let’s hope Joe Mauer’s finace brings the Twins catcher some good luck this year. The guy really needs a comeback.
49. Madeline Bisanz (Joe Mauer)
Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler met his current wife Kristen at a spring training game two years ago. He spotted her in the stands, then hunted her down in the parking lot after the game. How sweet! (Unless you’re his ex-wife.)
48. Kristen Ziegler (Brad Ziegler)
Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor isn’t even the most succesful athlete in his household, given that he’s married to beach volleyball champ Misty May Treanor.
47. Mistay May Treanor (Matt Treanor)
Mariners closer Brandon League didn’t do too bad for himself with wife Sasha, did he?
46. Sasha League (Brandon League)
Angels ace Jered Weaver is engaged to the lovely Kristen Travis, here. Or are they married now? It’s actually hard to find these things out sometimes.
45. Kristen Travis (Jered Weaver)
Karen and A.J. hit the jackpot when the Yankees inexplicably agreed to pay the wild-throwing fireballer a kajillion dollars a few years back. But over the winter the Yanks shipped Burnett off to Pittsburgh. At least now Karen is the hottest wife on the team.
44. Karen Burnett (A.J. Burnett)
The Angels second baseman has a hotter wife than the team’s new $254 million first baseman. No offense, Deidre Pujols.
43. Jody Kendrick (Howie Kendrick)
Julianna Zobrist is an aspiring pop singer. Luckily her husband has a pretty secure day job.
42. Julianna Zobrist (Ben Zobrist)
Aubree Gerardi is dating the second-best pitcher on the worst team in baseball (the Astros), but she’s #41 on the list of MLB WAGs.
41. Aubree Gerardi (Bud Norris)
Overpaid Giants pitcher Barry Zito is married to Amber Seyer, former Miss Missouri.
40. Amber Seyer (Barry Zito)
Emily Yuen and her somewhat successful significant other have been together since high school, but they aren’t even married. Hey, whatever works, right?
39. Emily Yuen (Justin Verlander)
Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick snagged himself a real Survivor in Stephanie LaGrossa—she’s appeared on the reality show three times now.
38. Stephenie LaGrossa (Kyle Kendrick)
Red Sox pitcher Clay Bucholz is unfortunate in the name department, but fortunate in the babe department. His wife, TV model Linsday Clubine, is pretty okay.
37. Lindsay Clubine (Clay Bucholz)
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is engaged to Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Krystle Campbell. Last I heard, they were planning a 2012 wedding.
36. Krystle Campbell (Ryan Howard)
Danyll Gammon didn’t just hook up with Rockies superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for his gobs and gobs of money. The two have been together since high school. Awwwwww.
35. Danyll Gammon (Troy Tulowitzki)
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday may be a “big fan” of Creed, but at least he has excellent taste in women.
(Back story: a few years back the slugger tweeted that he was enjoying working out to the latest Creed album, and the twitter world ridiculed him for his musical preferences. Personally, I’m not a fan of Creed, but I say cut the guy some slack. If listening to Creed helps motivate him to cultivate those guns that earn him the $20 million per year...rock on, dude.)
34. Leslee Holliday (Matt Holliday)
New Reds pitcher Mat Latos has a pretty attractive wife. I wonder if she’ll miss the San Diego beach while spending the summer on the banks of the Ohio River.
33. Dallas Latos (Mat Latos)
This is the best photo I could find of Mrs. Konerko. It’s not great, but you can clearly see she is above average in the looks department.
32. Jennifer Konerko (Paul Konerko)
Brad Penny played for the Tigers last year, but this year he’ll be pitching in Japan. There were reports that he and finacee Karina Smirnoff had broken off their engagement, but the last official word was that their wedding is “on hold.” (Not sure if Owen Wilson knows that. There have been reports that he’s now dating the Dancing with the Stars ballroom expert.)
31. Karina Smirnoff (Brad Penny)
Hopefully Susannah Moreland has done a good job consoling her husband Mitch since that heartbreaking World Series loss back in October.
30. Susannah Moreland (Mitch Moreland)
At #29 on our list is another Ranger WAG—this time it’s catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli’s girlfriend, Selma Alameri.
29. Selma Almeri (Mike Napoli)
Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy is married to a rather attractive model named Amanda. Maybe you saw the two of them on the cover of ESPN the Magazine?
28. Amanda McCarthy (Brandon McCarthy)
Ana and Anibal? These two get the award for weirdest couple names.
27. Ana Sanchez (Anibal Sanchez)
Zack Greinke is a pretty enigmatic dude, but he’s good, get’s paid lots of money, and his wife is crazy hot. So who am I to judge?
26. Emily Greinke (Zack Greinke)
Lots of people rank Nick Swisher’s gal Joanna Garcia a lot higher amongst baseball WAGs, but I couldn’t bring myself to placer her any higher than #25. I think you’ll understand why we move on.
25. Joanna Garcia (Nick Swisher)
Phillies pitcher Michael Schwimer is married to fitness competitor Missy Coles. As you can see, she certainly has her glutes in fine shape.
24. Missy Coles (Michael Schwimer)
I’m sure Jennifer Lopez here (no, not that Jennifer Lopez) wishes her husband could get his attitude in check so he could find steady work. The guy has plenty of talent, but he keeps getting dumped by teams due to “character issues.”
23. Jennifer Lopez (Felipe Lopez)
It’s not fair that a guy who spells Lance with an unnecessary “y” just thrown in the middle should have a wife as hot as Brooke Sorenson. Not fair at all.
22. Brooke Sorenson (Laynce Nix)
Nationals utility man Mark DeRosa’s wife Heidi is pretty damn good looking. But she’s still only #21, which means the top 20 must be amazing, right? (It is.)
21. Heidi DeRosa (Mark DeRosa)
There’s no way Ronny Cedeno can fill Jose Reyes’ shoes for the Mets. But with a wife like Aura Avila, I really doubt he cares about that.
20. Aura Avila (Ronny Cedeno)
With a husband like Manny Ramirez, I’m surprised Juliana doesn’t have a whole head of grey hair.
19. Juliana Ramirez (Manny Ramirez)
It’s one thing to have a wife who took off all her clothes for lots of money. It’s quite another thing to have a wife who took off all her clothes for a jar of peanut butter and a bag of Oreos. (That’s what Cole Hamels’ wife Heidi famously did as a cast member of Survivor.)
18. Heidi Strobel Hamels (Cole Hamels)
Usually A-Rod has pretty poor taste in women. (Madonna? Cameron Diaz?) But I must admit, with WWE Diva Torrie Wilson, here, he finally hit a homerun.
17. Torrie Wilson (Alex Rodriguez)
Chase Utley’s wife, Jennifer, is amazing. Now, if only he could get healthy and play baseball.
16. Jennifer Utley (Chase Utley)
It’s looking like it will be yet another long year for the rebuilding Northsiders. At least David DeJesus will have this gorgeous woman to come home to after a grueling road trip.
15. Kim DeJesus (David DeJesus)
Grady Sizemore can’t take 3 steps on a diamond without spraining a knee. Maybe that’s because he’s overexerting himself in the bedroom with Playboy Playmate Brittany Binger.
14. Brittany Binger
Ryan Braun managed to escape a 50 game suspension after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs thanks to a technicality. Has anyone thought to ask his lingerie model of a girlfriend whether she noticed any significant testicular shrinkage in the last 10-12 months?
13. Larisa Fraser (Ryan Braun)
Whatever team Johnny Damon ends up playing for this year, there’s a good chance his wife Michelle will be the hottest WAG there.
12. Michelle Damon (Johnny Damon)
Scott Podsednik can’t seem to get himself back to the majors. This year, he’ll be starting out with the Phillies Triple-A squad. But with a wife like Playboy model Lisa Dergan, it can’t bother old Pods too much, can it?
11. Lisa Dergan (Scott Podsednik)
Reid Brignac isn’t even the Rays’ starting second baseman, but he’s already snagged himself a Playboy Playmate in Lauren Anderson.
10. Lauren Anderson (Reid Brignac)
When Mark Kotsay got scooped up by the Padres, his incredible wife Jaime became the hottest WAG in San Diego.
9. Jamie Kotsay (Mark Kotsay)
The funny thing is, Shannon James isn’t even the first Playboy Playmate Hunter Pence has dated. (I think he’s addicted.)
8. Shannon James (Hunter Pence)
I’m not sure what the status is for Yankees catcher Russell Martin and model Marikym Hervieux. They’re a bit on again, off again. But until I get a definitive answer, here’s Hervieux at #7.
7. Marikym Hervieux (Russell Martin)
Former Giant and current Royal Jonathan Sanchez is married to beauty queen Audris Rijo. She is Miss Domican Republic. Obviously.
6. Audris Rijo (Jonathan Sanchez)
It’s not likely that Tejada will get signed by a team this year. At least, not a sane team. And one has to wonder, what? You don’t to retire and spend all day every day with a woman like Alejandra?
5. Alejandra Tejada (Miguel Tejada)
Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero is dating (still, I think) Miss USA Rima Fakih.
Well, done, Ricky.
4. Rima Fakih (Ricky Romero)
Rays superstar Evan Longoria is sporting some serious arm candy these days. I wonder how long it will last.
3. Jaime Edmondson (Evan Longoria)
All-Star second baseman Brian Roberts may be stuck in the bottom of the AL East with the Balitomore Orioles, but at least his wife is ridiculously hot. I mean, ridiculously hot.
2. Diana Roberts (Brian Roberts)
Some have called Minka Kelly the sexiest woman alive. So obviously she’s been bagged by The Captain. I think these two are now “officially” broken up; however, they’ve been spotted together by tabloids, leading to rumors of a reunion. And since we’re talking about Jeter, here, I’m going to consider them an item until Minka is pregnant with another man’s baby.
1. Minka Kelly (Derek Jeter)
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