That piece of trivia is all anybody ever seems to know about Treanor, a backup in the majors since 2004 who also happens to be married to volleyball superstar Misty May-Treanor (on the right).
An attractive and athletic Olympic champion, she certainly is attention-worthy. But the White Sox don’t play volleyball, do they now? Maybe they should. But they don’t.
After manager Ozzie Guillen intentionally walked rookie Eric Hosmer to load the bases in the sixth inning Tuesday night, Treanor got the key hit — a two-run single — in the Royals 4-2 victory. After the game, the media asked Guillen about Treanor, and Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reported the response on Twitter:
Q: Whaddya know about Treanor, Ozzie?
A: He’s married to that volleyball player…
Treanor has a solid history against the White Sox, producing his best batting split against them. Just two weeks ago, he burned them at Chicago, hitting a two-run single to give the Royals their final margin in a K.C. victory.
That said, Treanor is a .227/.317/.311 hitter in more than 1,300 career plate appearances — for an adjusted OPS that is 31 points below major league average. He’s a backup for a reason. Hosmer, though he hasn’t been tearing it up, has been above average through 283 career appearances and figures to get better. If Matt Treanor is going to beat you, tip your cap (or curse your pitcher).
But at least know to whom you’re tipping your cap.
What could Buehrle say about Treanor?
“He’s married to some volleyball player.”
Chicago and K.C. get back to baseball tonight at Kauffman Stadium. Are the Sox wondering who left-hander Bruce Chen is married to?