Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Tom Jones' Two Cents: Tampa Bay Rays' celebrity couple

The Rays already are leading the league in one category: coolest couple now that slugger Evan Longoria is dating Playboy playmate Jaime Edmondson. Longoria joins a long list of baseball stars who have dated famous women. Here are some of our favorite baseball-celebrity couples:

Joe DiMaggio/Marilyn Monroe

The royalty of baseball-celebrity couples. Baseball's best player and Hollywood's No. 1 celebrity eloped on Jan. 14, 1954, but Monroe filed for divorce 274 days later. Still, their brief marriage is the stuff of legend. Years later, it has been reported that DiMaggio barred the Hollywood elite, as well as the Kennedys, from attending Monroe's funeral. He never spoke publicly about Monroe and never married again.

Alyssa Milano

The former Who's the Boss? star is married now to an entertainment agent, but she used to have a thing for big-league pitchers. A lifelong Dodgers fan, Milano dated Carl Pavano, Barry Zito and Brad Penny. (No, not at the same time!) Meantime, Penny, who is now in Japan, was once engaged to Dancing With The Stars dancer Karina Smirnoff. But the two are no longer together.

Nick Swisher/JoAnna Garcia

The Yankees star and the actor have been married since December 2010. They are among our favorite couples. Why? Garcia gets major points because she used to be on the classic TV show Freaks and Geeks.

Derek Jeter/Minka Kelly

The Yankees captain has been one of the baseball's most eligible bachelors and has never tied the knot as he approaches his 38th birthday. He has been linked to celebrities such as pop star Mariah Carey, TV personality Vanessa Minnillo and actors Jordana Brewster and Jessica Biel. Actor Minka Kelly seemed to be the one to tie Jeter down, but their relationship has been on-again, off-again over the past few months.

Kris Benson/Anna Benson

Few would have ever heard much about Kris Benson, a mediocre pitcher with five teams from 1999 to 2010, had it not been for his wife. Anna Benson is a former strip club dancer whose outspoken personality gained so much attention that even Kris thinks the Mets traded him because of her. She once joked that if she ever caught Kris cheating on her, she would, um, "date'' everybody in the Mets organization.

Nomar Garciaparra/Mia Hamm

The most athletic couple of all time? He was a six-time All-Star, while she might be the greatest female soccer player who has ever lived.

Alex Rodriguez/Torrie Wilson

Since divorcing his wife in 2008, A-Rod has been linked to several well-known stars, such as actors Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz, as well as singer Madonna. These days, A-Rod is spending his time with wrestling diva Wilson.

Chuck Finley/Tawny Kitaen

This decent lefty pitcher was once married to the actor best known for rolling around on the hood of a car in a video for Whitesnake's Here I Go Again. They were married from 1997 to 2002 but divorced just days after Kitaen was accused of beating her then-husband (and his car) with a high-heeled shoe.

Ray Knight/Nancy Lopez

The man who replaced Pete Rose at third base for the Reds went on to become a pivotal member of the 1986 champion Mets. His wife, Nancy Lopez, was one of the greatest female golfers ever. The two are not believed to be together any longer.

Bo Belinsky

As a pitcher with five teams from 1962 to 1970, the late Belinsky once threw a no-hitter but otherwise had a forgettable career with a 28-51 record. Still, he dated some of Hollywood's most famous women, such as Ann-Margret, Connie Stevens, Mamie Van Doren and Tina Louise, who played Ginger on Gilligan's Island. He later married and divorced Playboy Playmate of the Year Jo Collins. Former major-leaguer Mike Hegan once said, "Bo had more fun off the field than he did on the field."

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