Manny Machado got engaged to Yonder Alonso’s sister

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Since this site has become MarriageTalk today I might as well do a post about this story too.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado got engaged to a woman named Yainee Alonso, who happens to be the sister of Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso.

Machado and Alonso both went to high school in Miami and Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that Machado and Alonso’s sister “were brought together by the baseball connection with her brother, but it’s also the result of the close-knit nature of the sports community in Miami.”

Sure, but do they follow each other on Twitter?

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.