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Making It Home
Comments () | Published September 1, 2009

“It was the only time in my life I’d ever rooted against the Pirates,” says Jeff Altdorfer. Stammen pitched well enough to keep the team in the game through six innings, the Nationals went on to win the game, and he’s been in the Nationals rotation ever since.

Stammen recommends the Altdorfers’ home to players at minor-league spring training, and the family hopes to keep hosting players. Jordan loves having professional players in the house. And besides, Laurie says, “it’s just not summer without baseball.”

Interested in Hosting a Minor-League Player?

Here’s how to get information:

Bowie Baysox (affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles). Contact assistant general manager Phil Wrye at 301-805-6000.

Delmarva Shorebirds (affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles). The host-family program is run through the Shorebirds’ fan club, which has an information table at every home game. Or you can call club president Gil Dunn at 410-749-2515.

Frederick Keys (affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles). Call office manager Barb Freund at 301-662-0013 to fill out a basic questionnaire. Freund puts together information packets for the players, who contact families directly.

Potomac Nationals (affiliated with the Washington Nationals). Information is available on the team’s booster-club Web site, or you can contact club president Lamar Boone at 540-788-4329 or

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (not affiliated with a major-league team).The Blue Crabs, currently in their second season, especially need host families. Players are eligible to be signed by any major-league organization, so the team has a lot of turnover. Interested families should contact marketing manager Courtney Freeland at 301-374-1130 or

This article first appeared in the September 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here


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