“Baseball Wives” Takes It’s Cuts on VH-1

There is a creature in baseball that revolves and involves just outside the general fan’s eyesight who have just as much influence as the Coaches and Managers of the 30 Major League Baseball squads. These sirens of swat command more than the players ears and thoughts entrancing and evoking their men towards higher glory and provide a vital piece of the puzzle and link off the diamond that can boost confidence and also enact humility when needed in the same breathe…They are the baseball wives /girlfriends.

VH-1 has taken on the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball League (NBA) in the past with interesting and sometimes volatile results, and now VH-1 has decided to venture into the twisting drama-filled realm of the MLB female hierarchy on their new series “Baseball Wives”. If the recent kick-off broadcast of this series is a firm representation of the out-of-sight maneuvers and frolic of this exclusive baseball sorority of women, then this series is going to be a grand slam of epic dramatic proportions showing both the highs and lows of being involved and within the MLB intertwining social circles that revolve above and beyond the diamond.

The show maybe based out of trendy baseball-friendly Scottsdale, Arizona location, but it even has a Tampa Bay Rays flare. Shayla Farnsworth, wife of Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth is an active member of this exclusive group of powerful and influential women. Shayla however doesn’t elude her husband’s intimidation factor on the small screen yet, but you can tell there is a protective influence there, possibly waiting for her moment. Still it was great to see a Rays wife involved in this dramatic television experience.

The gambit of women involved in this series goes from Jordana Lenz who used to date the emotionally challenged MLB outfielder Nyger Morgan when he was with the Nationals and Pirates, to exclusive baseball royalty like Erika Williams who is married to ex-slugger and infielder Matt Williams and is also a television host in the Arizona community. Joining her RP Ron Villone’s significant other, Brooke who is a tall drink of water, plus a working runway model.

Did you know that baseball marriages run the risk of an 85 percent failure rate? Well the show did not miss out on this element, bringing in former Chicago Cubs/ Arizona D-Back 1B Mark Grace’s wife Tanya and recently divorced Chantell Kendall, wife of Kansas City Royal C Jason Kendall. The series does mix pitches here as Chantell recently just completed her proceedings with Kendall and the wounds seem to still be fresh. Chantell seems to be that much needed wild card who you never know what direction her emotions or life will travel, but seems to come out of it all unscathed in the end.

But the dominant figure of this circle might just be the ever circling intrigue that is former Oriole’s SP Kris Benson’s “other half” that has brought out both tears and cheers in the past. Anna Benson is a celebrity in her own right, and with that comes a significant air of confidence and bold talk that sometimes ruffles more than a few feathers in this exclusive hen house. You can tell VH-1 wanted Benson in this program not only as a outspoken figure, but to show that sometimes even the wild child can endure in this competitive baseball off-the-field environment and reap rewards both with a firm family foundation and also evolve themselves.

I am not a usual reality junkie, but this show intrigues me. Not for the reasoning of hopefully getting some sort of dirt or dastardly evidence on their husbands, but because this segment of the baseball community is a tight knit group and usually very protective of their privacy. I am not expecting to see any of them “pitching woo”in this series, or possibly producing power strokes of significant damage emotionally or physically on this show, but you know that conflicts will definitely happen in this pressure cooker environment.

In conclusions, this reality show series by VH-1 is no “swing and miss”. It seems to be packed with the right segment of social creatures that will bring about entertaining and thought provoking television. From the long term commitment of Benson to Lenz’s supposed “groupie mentality”, the show will be a hit. The series will also give all of us a exclusive look into the lifestyle and tribulations that surround this group of women we all see huddled and socializing in the stands nightly at MLB games.

 Who knows, maybe Shayla will come out in this series in fine Farnsworth mode and produce an impressive relationship save, or possibly show the vulnerability that will make “Baseball Wives” one of the programs we Tivo or watch with the same intensity as a MLB game. Play ball ladies, but let’s keep it between the lines.


I dislike reality shows. I don’t watch any of them. Out of curiosity, maybe I’ll watch this if I happen to be changing the channel and I find it by coincidence. One of the Dodgers beat writer said he was bored watching it. Did you watch it Cliff?

I did watch it, and it was not grade “A” choice beef, but it wasn’t hamburger either. I have been around players’ wives before and know a few stories. I am a people watcher between innigs at games. You get some of the best entertainment from just beyond your seats sometimes with the antics and barvado that only a beer or 4 can achieve. Seriously, this show is not for everyone, but if you want to see the true essence of some of these women, and their motives, this show reveals more than enough to peak your interest…in my opinion.

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