De La Cretaz: Meet the women using MLB’s platform for activism

From Britni de la Cretaz at Shondaland on July 17, 2018:

“One of the biggest misconceptions about us is that people think we just sit around all day and watch our boyfriends play,” Brianna Norwood tells me about being the partner of a Major League Baseball player. Norwood has been dating Michael A. Taylor, an outfielder for the Washington Nationals, for four years. “But that’s just not the case for me or many of the other wives and girlfriends that I know. We all have so much that we’re doing.”

The Basketball Wives got their own show. But more in the shadow are wives of Major League Baseball players — women dealing with partners who are on the road a lot, but who are also using their partners’ platforms to make a difference in their communities. The Seattle Mariners wives have an entire page on the team’s website devoted to the charity work they’re doing. “I think as Mariners wives, we have an obligation to make a positive impact on the city we call our baseball home,” Lindzey Rzepczynski, wife of pitcher Marc, said when her husband played for the team. This is a feeling shared by many women whose partners play professional baseball.

These women are more than trophy wives or arm candy, and they deserve to be highlighted in their own right. Here are four women who are using their husbands’ platform to make a difference in the world.

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Originally published: July 17, 2018. Last Updated: July 17, 2018.