|Ben Zobrist Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||May 26, 1981|
Ben Zobrist is an American former professional baseball player who had played, as a second baseman, shortstop, and outfielder, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays (2006–2014), the Oakland Athletics (2015), the Kansas City Royals (2015), and the Chicago Cubs (2016–2019) in Major League Baseball (MLB). In 14 seasons in the MLB, he had won the World Series twice – with the Kansas City Royals in 2015 and the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He was the World Series ‘MVP’ in the latter season. He had made his last professional appearance in September 2019 due to his ongoing marital issues, choosing not to participate any further in the 2019 MLB season. In March 2020, he had officially announced his retirement from competitive baseball.
Benjamin Thomas Zobrist
Eureka, Olio Township, Woodford County, Illinois, United States
Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States
Ben had graduated, in 1999, from the Eureka High School, a public secondary school in his hometown of Eureka. After his high school graduation, he had joined the Olivet Nazarene University, a private Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He had played college baseball there as a pitcher, shortstop, and second baseman.
In his senior year, he had taken a transfer to the Dallas Baptist University, a Christian liberal arts university in Dallas, Texas. He had played college baseball there as a shortstop and batter.
Professional Baseball Player (Retired)
- Father – Thomas ‘Tom’ Zobrist (Pastor)
- Mother – Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Zobrist (née Cali)
- Siblings – Serena Zobrist (Sister), Noah Zobrist (Brother), Peter Zobrist (Brother), Jessica Zobrist (Sister)
- Others – Lloyd Zobrist (Paternal Grandfather), Jeanine Pederson (Paternal Grandmother), Andrew Cali III (Maternal Grandfather), Dorothea ‘Dot’ Marshall (Maternal Grandmother), Cheryl Gilmore (née Kauk) (Ex-Mother-in-Law), Jeff Gilmore (Ex-Father-in-Law) (Pastor), Jonathan Gilmore (Ex-Brother-in-Law), Jeffrey Paul Gilmore (Ex-Brother-in-Law), Caroline Kay Gilmore (Ex-Sister-in-Law), Rosie Hansen (Ex-Sister-in-Law), Liz Gilmore (Ex-Sister-in-Law)
Switch (Both Right-Handed and Left-Handed)
Second Baseman, Shortstop, Outfielder
18 – Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs
6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm
95 kg or 209.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ben has dated –
- Julianna Gilmore (2005–2019) – Ben got married to musician Julianna Gilmore in 2005. They have 3 children together – a son named Zion Benjamin Zobrist (b. 2009) and 2 daughters named Kruse Allegra Zobrist (b. 2011) and Blaise Royal Zobrist (b. 2015). In May 2019, Ben had filed for legal separation, citing ‘inappropriate marital conduct’. The same day, Julianna had also filed for divorce. In June 2021, he had filed a legal case against Pastor Byron Yawn, alleging that he had been involved in a s*xual relationship with Julianna.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of English, German, one-eighth Italian/Sicilian, Norwegian, and French-Canadian descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Sports a thick beard
Ben Zobrist Facts
- During his professional career, Ben had been included in MLB‘s annual ‘All-Star Game’ thrice (2009, 2013, 2016).
- He is a former counselor for Camp of Champions USA, a Christian summer day camp in central Illinois.
- A religious person, he often addresses church events crediting his sporting success to his faith in God.
- He had played ‘himself’ in a cameo role, in the 2013 film Ring The Bell.
Featured Image by Ben Zobrist / Instagram