LA Angels Pitcher and His Wife Start a Team of Their Own

On Jan. 8, 2015 Matt and Danielle Shoemaker welcomed their first baby, Brady, into their family at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (HFWH) Birthing Center.

Matt is a Wyandotte native who pitches for the Major League Baseball team, the L.A. Angels. Like his new son, he was also born at HFWH 28 years ago.


We never had a bad nurse. Everyone was amazing,” said Danielle.

Although four weeks early, they had a smooth delivery and mom Danielle was up and moving around a few hours later. Brady weighed-in at six pounds, eight ounces and was 19 ½ inches long.

“Our caregivers were very sympathetic and there was not one negative thing about our experience at Henry Ford Wyandotte,” said Danielle.

As for their baby boy, he is healthy and has put on three pounds since his birth.

Adjusting to parenthood isn’t the only transition the family is experiencing. On Thursday, Feb. 19, they embarked on a cross country trip to Phoenix for spring training and will remain out west until Matt’s season is completed in the fall.

Before Danielle gave birth, she was a paralegal, worked during spring training and would visit Matt every six weeks.

Now, she has put her career on pause to be a full-time mom and support their new team.

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