Cubs’ Zobrist remains on leave amid divorce


Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist remains on a personal leave of absence from the team, and court documents filed in Chicago indicate he is getting divorced.

According to the documents, his wife, Julianna, is listed as the plaintiff. Julianna Zobrist is a professional singer who has performed the national anthem for teams that her husband has played for. She also sang “God Bless America” before Game 4 of the 2016 World Series.

Zobrist, 37, is in the final season of a four-year contract that he signed with the Cubs after beginning his career in Tampa Bay in 2006. He helped the Kansas City Royals to a title in 2015 and did the same the following season in Chicago.

The team has not given a reason for his absence nor a potential return date.

“No indication,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I texted with him the other day and reminded him how much I care about him, how much we miss him.”

Zobrist was hitting .241 with 10 RBIs in 26 games prior to taking his absence from the team.


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