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Cubs' Zobrist remains on leave amid divorce

16 May 2019

Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist's wife has filed for divorce, which appears to explain his leave of absence from the team. Julianna is a professional singer who infuses a little bit of electronic influence into her music.

He's getting a divorce after 14 years of marriage, according to court documents Zobrist filed just outside Nashville, Tenn., alleging his wife, Julianna, "has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct, which rendered further cohabitation impossible", The Tennessean reported.

On the same day that Julianna Zobrist filed for divorce, Ben Zobrist filed for legal separation in Williamson, Tennessee, where the couple owns a house, according to the Tennessean. She has also performed on WGN-TV.

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Zobrist is due more than $9 million for the remainder of this season in the final year of his four-year contract with the club. They have three children together. He has since played for the Royals and Cubs, winning a World Series with each and reuniting with Maddon in Chicago.

A red flag was raised when Major League Baseball star Ben Zobrist, 37, took a full week off from work for "personal reasons", and it seems that the time off wasn't able to mend issues that have arisen in his personal life.

"No indication", manager Joe Maddon said.

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The Cubs granted Zobrist, 37, a leave of absence on May 8.

Ben Zobrist, the MVP of the 2016 World Series, also delayed reporting to spring training in February for what he and the team also called "personal reasons".

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Cubs' Zobrist remains on leave amid divorce