With Spring Training just a week away and the 2022 regular season a little less than a month away, it won’t be long until we see the best MLB players take the field. A long, 162-game season awaits, and it’s bound to be an exciting one as 30 teams compete for the league’s ultimate prize.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Thursday that the regular season will begin on April 7th, which sent a wave of relief throughout the baseball community. For those that have been living under a rock, the MLB was in a work stoppage since the beginning of December.
The MLBPA and MLB owners were tasked with negotiating a new CBA deal after the previous one expired. Negotiations took longer than expected, but the two sides eventually reached a deal and the season was saved. Now teams must scramble to finalize their opening day roster.
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Who Are the Best MLB Players Ahead of the 2022 Season?
Now that the MLB lockout is over and all the best MLB players can start reporting to Spring Training and preparing for the season ahead. And while there are plenty of players we’re excited to see take the field this season, there are certainly several that stand out above the rest.
With the entire baseball community eager for the season to start, let’s not forget that a lot of the best MLB players aren’t just tasked with performing on the field, but they’re also relied on at home with their families. It’s easy to forget that even the best MLB players are human too.
As we look forward to yet another exciting and unpredictable season, let’s take a look at some of the best MLB players that are sure to perform well this season. We’ll also take a look at their families – if they don’t have children, we’ll highlight some of their immediate family members.
20. Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler is a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was drafted by the team in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft and made his debut in September 2017. He is engaged to McKenzie Marcinek and while they don’t have any kids, they do have a French bulldog Nala.
Buehler has been lights out for the past three seasons, compiling a 31-8 record in 71 starts during that span. He finished last season with a 16-4 record in 33 starts in what was his best season yet. He struck out 212 batters, which fell three strikeouts short of his career high of 215.
19. Tyler O’Neill
Tyler O’Neill is a left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft and made his debut on April 19, 2018 with the Cardinals. He has been married to Stephanie O’Neill since December 2021, though they don’t have kids.
Another fun fact about Tyler O’Neill, his father (Terry O’Neill) was named Mr. Canada in 1975, which is given to Canada’s top bodybuilder. Tyler, an avid weightlifter himself, hit 34 home runs last season after hitting just 21 home runs in the three seasons prior. It was a breakout year.
18. Bryan Reynolds
Bryan Reynolds is an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft and made his debut on April 20, 2019. He married his wife, Blair, in December 2018 and the two welcomed their first son in August 2020.
Even more exciting is that the two are expecting their second child in August 2022. By then, the MLB season will be nearing an end. Reynolds is hoping for another successful season after setting career-highs in most major statistical categories last season, including 24 home runs.
17. Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins is a center fielder for the Baltimore Orioles. He was drafted by the team in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB Draft and went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs in his debut on August 10, 2018. He and his girlfriend, Erika Hardy, announced their engagement on October 11, 2021.
Mullins just had a breakout season in 2021 with a career-high 30 home runs – for reference, he hit just seven home runs in the previous three seasons. He finished the season with a .291 batting average, 59 RBIs, 91 runs scored, 30 stolen bases, and an All-Star appearance.
16. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge is a right fielder for the New York Yankees. He was drafted by the team in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft and hit a home run in his major league debut on August 13, 2016. He married his girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck in December 2021, but they don’t have kids yet.
Judge had a bit of a comeback season in 2021, hitting 39 home runs, 24 doubles, 98 RBIs, and 89 runs scored – all of which were the most since his 2017 Rookie of the Year campaign. He’s a two-time Silver Slugger winner, three-time All-Star, and one-time Home Run Derby champ.
15. Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft and made his debut in 2008. He’s married to former softball player Erica May and they have two daughters and a son.
Scherzer is entering his first season with the New York Mets after spending last season with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished with 15 wins, marking the eighth time in his career he won at least 15 games in a season. He’s primed to do it again this year.
14. Kyle Tucker
Kyle Tucker is an outfielder for the Houston Astros. He was drafted by the team with the fifth overall draft pick in 2015 and had an RBI in his major league debut on July 7, 2018. While he isn’t married and doesn’t have any kids, he has been with Samantha Scott for five years.
Tucker hit 30 home runs last season after hitting just 13 in his first three seasons in the league. He finished the year with a .294 batting average, 92 RBIs, 83 runs scored, 14 stolen bases, and 37 doubles. He will be a big part of the Astros’ future, especially if Carlos Correa leaves.
13. Robbie Ray
Robbie Ray is a starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and earned a win in his debut on May 6, 2014. He has been married to Taylor Pasma since 2014 and the two have three children together.
Ray finished the 2021 season with 193.1 innings pitched, 32 games started, a 2.84 ERA, and 248 strikeouts – all of which led the AL. Despite just a 13-7 record on the year, he won the AL Cy Young award in his first full season with the Blue Jays and could do it again in 2022.
12. Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford is a shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. He was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft and hit a home run in his debut on May 27, 2011. He married former gymnast Jalynne Dantzscher in 2011 and they have four children together.
Another fun fact about Crawford is that his sister, Amy, is married to Gerrit Cole – a pitcher for the New York Yankees. His sister-in-law, Jalynne’s sister Jamie Dantzscher, is a former Olympic gymnast. Crawford hit a career-high 24 home runs, 90 RBIs, and 79 runs in 2021.
11. Trea Turner
Trea Turner is a shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres with the 13th overall pick in 2014 and made his debut on August 21, 2015. He married Kristen Harabedian in 2018 and the two welcomed their first and only son in February 2021.
Turner is coming off a career year, despite spending two-thirds of the season with the Nationals and the other third with the Dodgers. All in all, he finished the year with 195 hits and a .328 batting average, both of which led all major leagues. He also led the NL with 32 stolen bases.
10. Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper is a right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals with the first overall pick in 2010 and had an RBI in his debut on April 28, 2012. He married Kayla Varna in 2016 and they have a son (2019) and daughter (2020) together.
Harper is a former Rookie of the Year, two-time MVP, Home Run Derby champion, six-time All-Star, and two-time Silver Slugger winner. He led the major leagues in doubles (42), slugging percentage (.615), and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.044) during the 2021 season.
9. Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa is a shortstop that’s currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Astros with the first overall draft pick in 2012 and had an RBI in his MLB debut on June 8, 2015. He proposed to Daniella Rodriguez, on national television after winning the 2017 World Series.
The two later got married in 2019 and welcomed their first child, a son, into the world in 2021. There’s a lot of speculation as to where Carlos Correa will play this season. He’s one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason and will likely be moving away from Houston.
8. Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is a shortstop for the San Diego Padres. He was signed as an international free agent in 2015, coming from the Dominican Republic, and made his MLB debut in 2019. He isn’t seeing anyone at the moment, doesn’t have kids, and is focused on his baseball career.
After hitting 39 home runs in 143 games during his first two seasons, Tatis Jr. finished the 2021 season with 42 home runs in 130 games, which led the NL. He had a .282 batting average, 97 runs batted in, 99 runs scored, and 25 stolen bases. Expect more of that success this season.
7. Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez is a third baseman for the Cleveland Guardians. He was signed by the team out of the Dominican Prospect League in 2009 and made his debut on September 1, 2013. He currently isn’t seeing anyone, isn’t married, and doesn’t have any children at 29 years old.
Ramirez is coming off a season that saw him bat .266 with 36 home runs, 103 RBIs, 111 runs scored, 32 doubles, and 27 stolen bases. It’s the second time in his career with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 100 runs scored. He hit 39 home runs, 105 RBIs, and 110 runs in 2018.
6. Zack Wheeler
Zack Wheeler is a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the sixth overall draft pick in 2009 and earned a win in his debut in 2013. He is married to Dominique Wheeler and the two welcomed their first child, a son, in July 2020.
Wheeler finished the 2021 season with a 14-10 record in 32 starts. He had a 2.78 ERA and led the NL with 247 strikeouts. He also led the major leagues with three complete games, two shutouts, and 213.1 innings pitched. He’s primed for yet another busy season in 2022.
5. Marcus Semien
Marcus Semien is an infielder for the Texas Rangers. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft and had an RBI in his MLB debut on September 4, 2013. He is married to former volleyball player Tarah Murrey and they have two sons together.
Semien is coming off his best season in the major leagues. He batted .265 with 45 home runs, 39 doubles, 102 RBIs, 115 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. He led the league with 724 plate appearances – he also led the league in that same category in 2019 with 747 plate appearances.
4. Corbin Burnes
Corbin Burnes is a starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft and earned a save in his debut on July 10, 2018. He is married to Brook Burnes, a former personal trainer who now works as an Assurance Associate.
Burnes finished the 2021 season as the NL Cy Young Award winner, the first time he has won the award in his career. He went 11-5 in 28 starts with a 2.43 ERA and 234 strikeouts. It’s the first time he won double-digit games in one season and finished in 15th place in MVP voting.
3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is an infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was signed by the team as an international free agent in 2015 and had one hit in his major league debut on April 26, 2019. Not much is known about his love life, but we know he’s not married and has two daughters.
Guerrero Jr. is the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and the two play a similar style of baseball. Guerrero Jr. led the major leagues with 48 home runs and 123 runs scored in 2021, and also led the American League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS.
2. Juan Soto
Juan Soto is an outfielder for the Washington Nationals. He was signed by the team as an international free agent in 2015 and made his major league debut against the Dodgers on May 20, 2018. Records indicate that Juan isn’t dating anyone and doesn’t have any children.
Soto is just four years into his career, but is already a one-time All-Star, one-time World Series champion, two-time Silver Slugger, and even won a batting title in 2020. He finished 2021 with a .313 batting average, 29 home runs, 95 RBIs, 111 runs, and led the league with 145 walks.
1. Shohei Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani is a designated hitter and starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels. He was signed as an international free agent in 2017 and made his major league debut on March 29, 2018. Not much is known about his love life, but he’s not married and doesn’t have children.
Ohtani won Rookie of the Year in 2018 and is coming off a season where he won AL MVP, Major League Player of the Year, and was named an All-Star for the first time. He had 46 home runs, 100 RBIs, 103 runs, and led the league with eight triples. On the mound, he went 9-2.
Will the Best MLB Players Live Up to the Hype?
The players listed above were some of the best MLB players to perform last season, but the question now is whether or not they’ll duplicate that performance in 2022. Of course, that also means avoiding injuries, staying healthy, and overcoming the mental strain of the long season.
Some of the other players we’re looking forward to watching this year include Matt Olson, Paul Goldschmidt, Brandon Woodruff, Gerritt Cole, Nathan Eovaldi, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Rodon, Lance Lynn, Bo Bichette, Max Muncy, and Austin Riley.
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While there’s still a month until regular season games start, there’s a lot to look forward to and follow in the coming weeks. Spring Training games are set to begin on March 17th and there are still a wide range of high-quality, valuable free agents that have yet to sign with an MLB team.
WWE Families: 20 of the Sweetest Pro Wrestling Families
As much as we enjoy watching WWE stars build their careers inside the ring, we get just as much enjoyment watching them build their WWE families outside the ring. In fact, you’d be surprised at just how cute and adorable those WWE families are — and we’re here for it!
Let’s be honest, WWE superstars are known for putting on a tough act when they’re in the ring. They’re fit, muscular, full of trash talk, and don’t back down from anyone that calls them out. It’s what makes the World Wrestling Entertainment community so unique, exciting, and interesting.
With that being said, WWE superstars are human beings just like everyone else. When they’re not in the ring entertaining their fans, they’re living life like the rest of us and that often includes building a family with their husband or wife. They do a good job of hiding it in the ring, but it’s true.
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Ranking the Cutest WWE Families
When you think of the WWE, you think of intense showdowns and fierce tag teams between some of the greatest pro wrestlers in the world — but that’s not what we’re here for today. Instead, we’re going to take a look at what happens outside the ring when the cameras are off.
Below, we’re going to break down the 20 cutest WWE families that you may or may not know of. Some WWE stars keep their family more private than others, but they can’t completely hide. As we ‘piledrive’ and ‘superkick’ our way through these WWE families, prepare to be in awe!
20. Bobby Lashley
Spouse: Kristal Marshall (divorced)
Children: Kyra (2005), Myles (2008), and Naomi (2011)
An armed forces veteran, Bobby Lashley has bounced around quite a bit after serving three years in the army. He’s currently signed to the WWE and performs under the Raw brand, but has also spent time in TNA/Impact and Bellator MMA. He’s been in the WWE since 2005.
19. Heath Slater
Spouse: Stephanie Jean (married)
Children: Remmedy and Rozalyn
His real name is Heath Miller, but WWE fans know him as Heath Slater. He spent 14 years in the spotlight and is known as one of the most versatile WWE stars ever. He was the first pro wrestler to be a Tag Team Champion in both the Raw and SmackDown television programs.
18. Pete Dunne
Spouse: Demi Burchell (ex-girlfriend)
Children: Emmi Rae
Peter Thomas England, who goes by Pete Dunne inside the ring, is currently signed to WWE as part of the NXT brand. He’s an NXT United Kingdom Champion, NXT Tag Team Champion, and winner of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. At just 27 years old, he has plenty of career left.
17. Cedric Alexander
Spouse: Aerial Hull
Cedric Alexander Johnson started his career with Ring of Honor in 2010, but was signed by WWE in 2016 thanks to heavy praise from his fans. He won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 34 and was recently promoted to the Raw brand in 2019.
16. Karl Anderson
Spouse: Christine Bui (married)
Children: Cylus, Caedon, Crux, and Cash
Most fans know him as Karl Anderson, but outside the ring he goes by Chad Allegra. He was signed to WWE in 2016 after spending a long career in Japan. He’s a two-time WWE Raw Tag Team Champion. After being released by WWE in 2020, he’s now signed to Impact Wrestling.
15. Mickie James
Spouse: Nick Aldis (married)
Children: Donovan Patrick Aldis
Mickie James began her wrestling career in 1999, but didn’t make her main roster debut with WWE until 2005. She’s a five-time WWE Women’s Champion and one-time Divas Champion. There are only five Divas to win both and only three other women with six championships.
14. Mustafa Ali
Spouse: Uzma Alam (married)
Children: Rayaan, Amara, and a third one on the way (Dec. 2021)
Adeel Alam, known by his wrestling name Mustafa Ali, is a current member of the Raw brand in WWE. The former police officer started his WWE career in 2016 and spent two years under the SmackDown brand before moving to Raw. Although not a champion yet, it’s a matter of time.
13. Montez Ford
Spouse: Bianca Belair (married)
Children: A son and a daughter
Known as Kenneth Crawford when he’s not inside the ring, Montez Ford is one-half of The Street Profits tag team — the other half being Angelo Dawkings. They’re three-time tag team champions, being crowned as such under the Raw, Smackdown, and NXT brands.
12. Lacey Evans
Spouse: Alfonso Estrella-Kadlec (married)
Children: Summer and a second on the way
Known by her ring name Lacey Evans, Macey Estrella-Kadlec is a former United States Marine that began her WWE career in 2016 under the NXT developmental territory. She made her Raw debut in January 2019 and entered a feud with Becky Lynch. She is currently on maternity leave.
11. Sarah Logan
Spouse: Raymond Rowe (married)
Children: Raymond Cash Rowe
Sarah Logan, known in the real world as Sarah Rowe, began her wrestling career in the independent circuit. She remained there from 2011-2016 until she signed a developmental contract in 2016. She’s a member of The Riott Squad with Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott.
10. Brandi Rhodes
Spouse: Cody Rhodes (married)
Children: Liberty Iris Runnels
Brandi Alexis Runnels, known by her ring name Brandi Rhodes, signed a developmental contract with the WWE in 2011 and was assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling territory. She also spent time as a ring announcer before leaving WWE in 2016.
9. Kofi Kingston
Spouse: Kori Campfield (married)
Children: Kai and Orion
Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, known professionally as Kofi Kingston, was born in Ghana and is currently signed to the WWE Raw brand. He’s a 14-time tag team champion, which is tied for the most in WWE history — Edge and Booker T also have 14 championships under their belt.
8. Apollo Crews
Spouse: Linda Palonen (married)
Children: Sade and Kai
Sesugh Uhaa Mumba is signed to WWE’s SmackDown brand and performs professionally as Apollo Crews. His career started in 2015 and made his first main roster in 2016. He’s a winner of the United States Championship and the Intercontinental Championship (WrestleMania 37).
7. Angelo Dawkins
Spouse: Grace Russo (married)
Children: One son
We’ve already mentioned Angelo Dawkins’ tag team partner — Montez Ford — so it’s only right that we include Angelo in our list of the cutest WWE families. His real name is Gary Gordon and is the second half of The Street Profits, one of the greatest tag teams in WWE history.
6. Beth Phoenix
Spouse: Adam Copeland (married)
Children: Lyric and Ruby
Elizabeth Copeland is a professional wrestler that performs under the ring name Beth Phoenix. She began her career in 2001 and has since been named WWE Divas Champion once and WWE Women’s Champion three times. She’s currently a color commentator for the NXT brand.
5. Randy Orton
Spouse: Kimberly Kessler (married)
Children: Brooklyn, Alanna, Anthony, Robbie, and Michael
Randy Orton was born into a family with WWE roots — his grandfather, father, and uncle were all WWE stars. Randy built quite the career for himself in the WWE and is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in WWE history. He’s most known for his feud with John Cena.
4. Becky Lynch
Spouse: Seth Rollins
Known to WWE fans as Becky Lynch, Rebecca Lopez is the current and four-time SmackDown Women’s Champion for WWE. She began her career with the WWE in 2013 and has turned in quite the career since then. She recently welcomed her first daughter with husband Seth Rollins.
3. Dwayne Johnson
Spouse: Lauren Hashian (married), Dany Garcia (divorced)
Children: Simone, Jasmine, and Tiana
Most of you know Dwayne Douglas Johnson as ‘The Rock,’ but he has also built quite the career away from the ring as a movie star. He is easily one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time and one of the most successful actors/producers of his generation.
2. Nikki Bella
Spouse: Artem Chigvintsev (engaged)
Children: Matteo Artemovich Chigvintsev
Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, known professionally as Nikki Bella, is one half of the famous tag team duo Bella Twins. She originally signed with the WWE in 2007 and went on to have a Hall of Fame career. She’s a two-time WWE Divas Champion and held that title for 301 days.
1. Brie Bella
Spouse: Bryan Danielson
Children: Birdie Joe Danielson, Buddy Dessert Danielson
Don’t worry, we weren’t going to forget about the other half of the famous tag team duo Bella Twins. Known professionally as Brie Bella, Brianna Monique Danielson signed with WWE the same year as Nikki. She’s a one-time WWE Divas Champion and a WWE Hall of Famer.
New WWE Families Are Made Every Year
The WWE isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, which means these aren’t the only WWE stars that will welcome a new generation of cute WWE families. There’s plenty of love to go around and the WWE stars listed above aren’t the only ones that will get hit by one of Cupid’s arrows.
Although some stars aren’t as public as others with their personal life, we sure do appreciate those that share their life with us. Whether it’s on Instagram, through the media, in interviews, or out in public like the rest of us, it’s always nice to see the other side of your favorite WWE stars.
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For example, we know that Charlotte Flair is getting married soon and would like to start a family someday. John Cena has also opened up about his desire to have children with his new wife. Samir Singh, Finn Balor, Tye Dillinger, and Humberto Carrillo have all gotten married recently, as well.
Those are just some of the stars we’ll be keeping our eye on as they embark on new journeys with their significant others.
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