Hosting Future MLB Stars

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | 11/05/2009 11:49:00 AM | , , | 0 comments »

Washington Nationals Starting Pitchers John Lannan and Craig Stammen lived with local host families while playing with the Potomac Nationals.  Here is a nice article from the September 2009 issue of Washingtonian about their experience.

Because the players monthly salary won't cover the cost of an apartment, most minor-league players live with local host families who volunteer to take a player into their home for the summer.  The host family's responsibility is to feed them, provide transportation to the field and make them feel at home so that they can concentrate on their dream of becoming a big leaguer.

Ever thought about hosting minor-league baseball players?  From the end of the Washingtonian piece, here is how to get information:

Bowie Baysox (affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles). Contact assistant general manager Phil Wrye at 301-805-6000.

Delmarva Shorebirds (affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles). The host-family program is run through the Shorebirds’ fan club, which has an information table at every home game. Or you can call club president Gil Dunn at 410-749-2515.

Frederick Keys (affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles). Call office manager Barb Freund at 301-662-0013 to fill out a basic questionnaire. Freund puts together information packets for the players, who contact families directly.

Potomac Nationals (affiliated with the Washington Nationals). Information is available on the team’s booster-club Web site, or you can contact club president Lamar Boone at 540-788-4329 or

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (not affiliated with a major-league team).The Blue Crabs, currently in their second season, especially need host families. Players are eligible to be signed by any major-league organization, so the team has a lot of turnover. Interested families should contact marketing manager Courtney Freeland at 301-374-1130 or