Top 10 Cutest MLB Couples
Action on the field isn’t the only thing we pay attention to- we’ve been keeping score of some of the cutest, most heartwarming couples in the Major Leagues.
Here are the top 10 cutest MLB couples we can’t keep our eyes off of:
Bryce Harper & Kayla Varner
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Bryce Harper, a 28-year-old right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, made his MLB debut with the Nationals on April 28, 2012, at the age of 19. Bryce was selected to play in the 2012 All-Star Game, becoming the youngest player to perform in an All-Star Game. In 2015, Bryce was awarded the title of National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) at 23, becoming the youngest MLB player to win the award. During the 2018-19 offseason, Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies, one of the largest contracts in the history of North American sports during that time.
Bryce didn’t start dating his hometown honey Kayla until his rookie year in 2012. Kayla Varner (now Harper), also 28, used to play soccer at Brigham Young University before transferring to Ohio State University. The couple became engaged in 2014 and were set to marry in 2015, but the wedding was called off for unknown reasons. The two reconciled in July 2016 and officially married in December of that same year. The pair welcomed their first child, a boy, who was born in Las Vegas — the two’s hometown — in August of 2019, and their second child, a girl, was born in November of 2020.
Justin Verlander & Kate Upton
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Justin Verlander, a 38-year-old pitcher for the Houston Astros, was the second overall pick of the 2004 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. Justin made his debut in the major leagues with the Tigers in 2005 and played there for 12 years as the ace in the team’s starting rotation. The Tigers traded Verlander to the Astros before the 2017 trade deadline and went undefeated in his first five starts into the postseason. In 2017, Justin was named the League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and was co-winner of the Babe Ruth Award, all while leading the Astros to a World Series championship.
During a shoot for a MLB 2K12 commercial, Verlander decided to make a move on Kate Upton, model and actress, who has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012, 2013, and 2017. The two started dating in 2014 and tied the knot in November of 2017, two days after he won the World Series with the Astros. Within a year, the couple announced the arrival of their daughter, Genevieve, who was born in July of 2018.
Kris Bryant & Jessica Delp
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Kris Bryant is a 29-year-old third baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. Bryant’s career began after being named an All-American during college in 2012 and 2013. The Cubs selected Kris in the second overall selection during the 2013 MLB draft, becoming one of the top prospects in baseball. He made his 2015 MLB debut with the Cubs and was named an MLB All-Star in 2015 and 2016, won the Nation League’s (NL) Rookie of the Year Award in 2015, won a World Series with the Cubs, and was named the NL’s Most Valuable Player in 2016.
Kris proposed to high school sweetheart Jessica Delp (now Bryant) in December of 2015, after dating since the two were 16. The couple married in January of 2017 and reside in Las Vegas — the two’s childhood hometown — and Chicago. The two had a baby boy, Kyler, who was born in April of 2020.
Mookie Betts & Brianna Hammonds
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Markus “Mookie” Betts, a 28-year-old right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers who previously played for the Boston Red Sox. During his 2018 season, he became the first player in MLB history to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP), Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title, and a World Series during the same season. Mookie was drafted by the Red Sox in 2011 and made his MLB debut during the 2014 season but was traded in 2020 to the Dodgers. On July 22, the Dodgers signed Mookie to a 12-year contract worth over $365 million, making it the most expensive contract in Dodgers history.
Mookie Betts has been dating his longtime girlfriend Brianna Hammonds since the two were 12-year-old middle schoolers in their hometown, Nashville, Tennessee. The couple had a daughter together in November of 2018 and announced their engagement in January 2021.
David Wright & Molly Beers
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David Wright is a 38-year-old former third baseman who played his entire 14-year career for the New York Mets. He was drafted by the Mets during the 2001 MLB draft and made his debut in July of 2004. David is a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, as well as being a member of the 30-30 club. He was named captain of the Mets in 2013, the fourth in the team’s history, and later experienced multiple injuries causing him to end his career after the 2018 season.
David met model Molly Beers in 2006 during the World Baseball Classic. After dating for about 5 years years, the couple announced their engagement and that they would be married by December of 2013. The two have two daughters, Olivia Shea and Madison, who were born in 2016 and 2018, and a son, Brooks David, who was born in October of 2020.
Andrew McCutchen & Maria Hanslovan
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Andrew McCutchen is a 34-year-old outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies and previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and the New York Yankees. The Pirates picked him in the first round, 11th overall, during the 2005 draft. He made his Big Leagues debut in 2009 and was awarded the NL Most Valuable Player in 2013, became a five-time All-Star (2011-15), four-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2012-15), a 2012 Gold Glove Award winner, and the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award winner.
Andrew first met his longtime girlfriend Maria Hanslovan (now McCutchen) in 2009 while Maria was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Cannonball Crew. The two began dating that year and four years later, Andrew popped the question during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. They married in November of 2014 and now have two sons, Steel, born in November of 2017, and Armani, born in December of 2019.
Clayton Kershaw & Ellen Melson
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Clayton Kershaw, a 33-year-old pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has played 13 seasons in the major leagues since his first debut in 2008. Kershaw is an eight-time All-Star winner, three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, and the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2014. He was drafted seventh overall during the 2006 MLB draft and reached the majors within just one full season at 20 years old. During Kershaw’s first season in 2008, he was the youngest player in the major leagues and held the title for an entire year.
Clayton met his longtime girlfriend, now wife, Ellen, as high school freshmen, and have now been married for a decade. He proposed at the age of 21, and officially married in December of 2010, a year before he’d win his first Cy Young Award with the Dodgers. The couple now have three children and even wrote a book together to help raise money for an orphanage in Zambia.
Anthony Rizzo & Emily Vakos
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Anthony Rizzo is a 31-year-old first baseman for the Chicago Cubs and formerly played for both the Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Padres. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB draft and was traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2010 season. Anthony made his MLB debut in 2011 with the Padres and was then traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2012. While playing for Chicago, he appeared in the All-Star Game for three consecutive years (2014-16), won a Silver Slugger Award, a Gold Glove Award, the Roberto Clemente Award, and won a World Series championship with the Cubs in 2016.
Anthony met his future wife, Emily Vakos, during her internship as a nutritionist on the Cub’s nutrition team during spring training in 2016. Emily had graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in food management and natural science. Rizzo proposed to girlfriend Emily in June of 2017 and the couple married in December of 2018. Although the two are yet to have children, the couple adopted a dog named Kevin in 2020.
Manny Machado & Yainee Alonso
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Manny Machado, a 29-year-old third baseman and shortstop for the San Diego Padres, began his baseball career after being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as the third overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft at the age of 18. He made his Big Leagues debut in 2012, and in 2013 he earned a spot on the American League (AL) All-Star Team. Machado has won two Gold Glove Awards in 2013 and 2015 and has made the All-Star Game in 2015, 2016, and 2018. In 2018 Manny was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and helped with reaching the World Series. During that offseason, Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, which was the highest paying contract in the history of North American sports at that time.
Manny met his longtime girlfriend and wife, Yainee Alonso, in 2010, and the couple was married in November of 2014. The two reside in Coral Gables, Florida where they own two separate homes there.
Brandon Crawford & Jalynne Dantzscher
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Brandon Crawford is a 24-year-old shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. He was selected in the fourth round during the 2008 MLB draft by the Giants and made his debut in 2011. Crawford is famously known as the sixth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam during his first MLB game and for being the first shortstop to hit a grand slam in an MLB postseason game. He is a three-time All-Star winner during 2015, 2018, and 2021, a two-time World Series champion in 2012 and 2014, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner during 2015-2017 and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2015.
Brandon met his future wife, Jalynne, while the two were attending UCLA as student athletes. Jalynne Dantzscher (now Crawford) is a former gymnast for UCLA and is related to Jamie Dantzscher, a U.S. National team gymnast during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The couple got married in November of 2011 and now have four children, two daughters and two sons.
We hope this article gives you a deeper glimpse into some of the juicy details with these major league lovers.