TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Several Tucson Saguaros players still need a place to call home for the 2017 season, which gets underway Thursday, May 25, at Kino Sports Complex.
"This is the time when these players get their big opportunity to be seen by scouts," said Ken Weir, Tucson Saguaros host family coordinator. "They need some place to stay and they don't make enough money to live on their own."
Tucson Saguaros players, generally between 21-25 years old, earn a minimum salary for their play and depend on host families to get them through the season. Most of them play for an opportunity to move up to higher-level leagues or extend their baseball careers.
The team seeks potential families that can house one to two players and provide them with a bedroom to share, access to a bathroom, kitchen, and washer and dryer when possible. In return, the team will offer the families $1.50 game tickets and discounts on select Saguaros merchandise.
In addition, the families must commit to house the player for the entire summer season, which runs from May to August, depending how far the team makes it during playoffs. In 2016, the Tucson Saguaros won the Pecos League Championship. Due to away games scheduled Sunday to Wednesday, the players generally only live with their host families four days out of the week.
"It will become a life-long bonding experience for the families and the players," Weir said.
Families interested in hosting a player should contact Ken Weir at 575-491-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The team wants to have all players assigned to families before the team's first game.