YAKIMA, Wash. – With just over two months before the Yakima Valley Pippins start their sixth season at Yakima County Stadium, the team is also seeking host families to house players while in Yakima.
“One of the questions we’re often asked is where do players stay during the summer,” Pippins general manager Jeff Garretson said. “With players coming from all around the country, we also get that question a lot from parents.”
Host families have been a critical part of the organization’s success from Day 1, Garretson said. “Without our great hosts, we wouldn’t be able to operate. It’s as simple as that.”
Families interested in hosting a player can apply here.
Garretson estimates about 30 beds will be needed for this summer.
Although host families “adopt” their players for less than three months, many of them keep active ties with players long after they’ve left Yakima.
Host families provide free room and board during the West Coast League season, a family environment to help players adjust to a new community away from their own families, and, in some cases, transportation to and from the ballpark. Typically, players arrive in late May and stay through mid-August.
In return, host families receive a Stadium View season ticket for each member of the immediate household, a full-season parking pass, 20 percent off team merchandise during the season, on-field recognition during Fan Appreciation Night, and more.
“We expect our players to represent their colleges and their families well while in Yakima, and host families have contributed to their growth, too,” Garretson said. “Now that we have our first major-leaguer in (Detroit’s) Reed Garrett, we’ll see more in the future who have been Pippins — perhaps even some who will be playing this year.”