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Valley Blue Sox Seek Volunteer Host Families

SPRINGFIELD — The Valley Blue Sox are currently searching for volunteer host families for the upcoming 2019 New England Collegiate Baseball League season.

The Blue Sox are a nonprofit, collegiate summer baseball team that recruits baseball players from across the country. Players come to the Valley in hopes of enhancing their draft status and furthering their professional baseball careers.

Volunteer host families offer Blue Sox players housing for the duration of the summer season, which runs from June 5 to August 1.

Families who volunteer to host Blue Sox players will receive the following: paid general admission and concessions vouchers for all family members in the household at all 2019 Blue Sox home games, access to special team events, on-field recognition at the end of the 2019 season, and two tickets to the Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame induction banquet.

Families are required to provide a private bedroom, which may be shared with another Blue Sox player, with proper bedding, linens, and towels.

Former Blue Sox alumni playing in the majors include Trey Mancini, who is currently hitting .385 with five homers and 11 runs batted in with the Baltimore Orioles, and Tom Murphy, who was recently traded to the Seattle Mariners and activated on their 25-man roster.

The New England Collegiate Baseball League has hosted 195 players who have been selected in the MLB first-year player draft over the past two seasons. Notable league alumni include Stephen Strasburg, Joe Nathan, Adam Ottavino, A.J. Pollock, and more.

Questions regarding hosting Blue Sox players can be addressed to Blue Sox General Manager Chris Weyant at [email protected].