A major benefit of minor league baseball is the close interaction fans can enjoy with players. Some individuals can take that personal involvement to an even higher level by opening up their homes and become host families for players.
Minor leaguers are young, relatively low-paid and usually assigned at the last moment to an unfamiliar outpost far away from home. It is especially challenging for foreign-born players, for whom it is not unlike being an exchange student in a strange land.
Knowing a welcoming home away from home awaits can help the player relax off the field, leading to better performance on the field.
With the St. Louis Cardinals having rekindled their affiliation with the Peoria Chiefs for at least the next four seasons, the Class-A Midwest club sent me the following notice. In turn, I am pleased to share it with you.
Even if you do not live in the vicinity of Peoria, consider looking into whether your local area minor league team has a similar program and need. You ...