Who is Mike Planeta? MLB ex-player is coming to 'The Bachelorette' to find 'woman of his dreams'

'The Bachelorette' contestant Mike Planeta may call himself basic, but there is a lot more to this pro athlete than meets the eye


                            Who is Mike Planeta? MLB ex-player is coming to 'The Bachelorette' to find 'woman of his dreams'
'The Bachelorette' contestant Mike Planeta (ABC)
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Finding your one true love isn't as easy as people make it out to be. Sometimes it's all about serendipitous meetings and other times, it's about swiping right on Mr right online. But for Katie Thurston, finding love on reality TV might just be the start of her happily ever after. 

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Although Thurston didn't find love the first time around with Matt James, she is back to trying her luck again on 'The Bachelorette' Season 17. With 34 suitors, the odds are definitely in her favor, and a certain Mike Planeta is hoping that luck is on his side too.

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Who is Mike Planeta?

Planeta is a 31-year-old gym owner from San Diego, California. Planeta often describes himself as 'basic', but don't let that fool you. He also has big travel plans, seeing that he wants to visit 100 countries. He is also not a fan of desserts, looks like Thurston won't have to share hers! He also enjoys banter and loves dogs.


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What does he do for a living?

Planeta is a gym owner and a personal trainer. As reported by The Sun, he also played baseball professionally. He was a minor league baseball player. He studied at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and played college baseball as well.

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Is Planeta on social media?

Yes, Planeta is on social media, you can follow him on Instagram @mikeyplaneta.


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What is Planeta looking for in a relationship?

For Planeta, up until now, his baseball career was his primary focus, seeing that he played professionally and it took up all of his time. A one-woman kind of guy, Planeta never really made time for love, but now, seeing that he has retired from MLB, he is focused on finding the woman of his dreams. People often assume that he's a "player" because of his pro-athlete status, but it's not the case.

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As per his official ABC bio: "Now, after retiring from baseball and opening up a gym for high school athletes, Mike is ready to focus on the missing piece in his life – finding love. Mike describes himself as easygoing, social, goofy and disciplined. He is looking for a woman who loves staying active, will make him laugh, and most importantly, has the same set of values as he does. Mike's family is extremely important to him so, ideally, he is looking to find someone whom his parents and three sisters absolutely adore. Mike loves his life and is 100% ready to share his life with the woman of his dreams. Is Katie that woman? Only time will tell."

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Catch Season 17 of 'The Bachelorette' on Monday, June 7, at 8/7c on ABC.

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