Benjamin Thomas Zobrist; born May 26, 1981, is a former professional baseball second baseman and outfielder from the United States. He was a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball (MLB). Zobrist appeared in three World Series and won the last two, making him a two-time World Series winner with the Royals in 2015 and the Cubs in 2016.
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In Franklin, Tennessee, Zobrist resides. He has three children with his estranged wife, singer Julianna Zobrist (née Gilmore), one of which was born five days after Zobrist’s Royals won the 2015 World Series. The day after the Royals’ World Series parade, Julianna gave birth to Blaise Royal. On the same day that Julianna Zobrist filed for divorce in Illinois, Zobrist filed for legal separation in Tennessee in May 2019. Because of their marital issues, Zobrist has decided to sit out the 2019 MLB season.
Is Zobrist Divorcing His Wife?
In May, Zobrist filed a formal separation case against his wife, Julianna, in Williamson County. They’ve been married since 2005 and have lived in Williamson County for the past 12 years. His wife “had been guilty of improper marital conduct that makes continuing cohabitation impossible,” according to the three-page document.
The petition said that the “husband is unclear if the marriage can be restored.” Julianna Zobrist filed for divorce in Cook County, Illinois, on the same day her husband filed for legal separation.
Julianna Zobrist at Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, Tennessee, on Oct. 16, 2018.
Julianna Zobrist then said on Instagram two weeks later, “Someday I will share my tale with you…but not today.” She made no mention of her divorce.
Joe Maddon, the Cubs manager, thanked the organisation for allowing Ben Zobrist to spend time with his family. He told the Chicago Tribune, “We play a game.” “This is about Zo’s family and his children.” As a result, I believe our approach was ideal. And I’d like to assume we’d give them the same leeway if they showed similar kinds of emotions.
“He was the catalyst for how he felt and what he wanted to achieve. And I believe it was flawless,” Maddon remarked. In the last month of the MLB season, Zobrist, a three-time all-star and 2016 World Series MVP with the Cubs returns to assist Chicago. The Cubs now occupy the last Wild Card berth in their playoff drive as of Tuesday.
Reason for Their Separation:
Julianna Zobrist allegedly had an affair with their previous pastor, according to Ben Zobrist. According to a copy of a complaint filed on behalf of the former MLB player in May, this is the case. The minister, who also worked at Ben’s non-profit, is also accused of robbing the foundation, according to the court filing.
The suit is against Byron Yawn, a former senior preacher at Nashville’s Community Bible Church, where he met the Zobrist. The 2016 World Series MVP is suing Yawn, whom the Zobrist’s have known for 16 years, for $6 million in damages.
When and How They First Met?
Yawn provided pre-and post-marital therapy to the couple before their wedding in 2005. Julianna and Ben Zobrist have three children together.
According to the complaint, Ben Zobrist began counselling with Yawn in 2007 and again in 2016/17 to discuss his anxiety and despair. According to the lawsuit, while Zobrist was being counselled by his pastor in the autumn of 2018, Yawn began “secretly pursuing an intimate connection with Mr Zobrist’s wife.”
From the spring of 2019 through the spring of 2020, Yawn and Christian-pop singer Julianna Zobrist had a love connection, communicating using “burner phones.” Yawn’s wife discovered the phones in May 2019, telling Zobrist that the relationship was emotional but not physical. However, once his ex-wife acknowledged it in writing, the ballplayer realised the true nature of the connection in 2020.
Ben Zobrist filed for a formal separation from his wife in 2019, only days after halting his baseball career to concentrate on his marriage. Julianna had been “guilty of improper marital conduct that makes continuing cohabitation impossible,” according to the lawsuit.
Following that, Zobrist would miss most of the 2019 baseball season. He thinks that his professional halt cost him $8 million in missed earnings. While his marriage was going apart, Zobrist sought advice from his priest. Yawn also received an executive job with Zobrist’s Patriot Forward initiative. The non-profit assists professional athletes with mental health issues and offers career counselling to those considering retirement.