TEXAS CITY, TEXAS (March 24, 2008) The Bay Area Toros Professional Baseball Club announced recently that they are actively seeking local families that are interested in hosting a Bay Area Toros player for the 2008 season. Host families would have a Toros player live with their family in their home during the season and have that Toros player become "part of the family" for the four months that they are playing for the Toros in Texas City. Toros players that are placed with families become an active, productive member of that family for the summer.
In 2007, eleven Toro players stayed with host families, without incident, in the bay area and many are still in constant contact with their hosts well after the season is over. Toros Pitcher Will Smeltzer said "I don't know that I enjoyed anything more than staying with my host family last season. I really felt like I became part of their family and really enjoyed being around their kids and having my own cheering section at our home games."
Host families will be matched with a Toros player after a careful screening and introduction process in which the player and the family will meet and make sure there is a "fit" prior to the season starting. Host families have been a tradition in minor league baseball for many years and in college baseball in many of the elite summer programs for decades.
Families interested in being a Host Family should immediately contact Bay Area Toros General Manager Mike Pede to be matched with an incoming player for the 2008 season. Interested parties should make contact by April 5 to allow for appropriate time to match family with players. Pede can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 281-932-7949.