BlueClaws now searching for host families

Team seeks seasonal homes for players

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood BlueClaws are looking for local families to assist in housing players during the 2006 season.

Anyone with a spare room can help provide lodging for this year’s BlueClaws by either providing space or renting a room/apartment. Last year, the BlueClaws received a number of inquiries from the community about hosting a BlueClaws player. A pool of nearly 25 homes helped house the team.

“Over the first five seasons, players have come in hardly knowing anything about the area or the people they’ll be staying with,” BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown said. “By the end of their stay, we’re not sure who’s more emotional about leaving, the players or the families. It’s truly an enjoyable and unique experience.”

The BlueClaws are looking to add to their list of families where someone speaks Spanish in the home because of the number of Latin American players in the organization.

The regular season runs from April 6 until Sept. 4, and players typically range from 19 to 24 years of age.

If you are interested in helping out or want more information, contact BlueClaws Robin Hill at (732) 901-7000, ext. 100.

Full season and partial plan tickets for the 2006 BlueClaws season are on sale now, including the BlueClaws May 15 game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The BlueClaws drew 444,607 during their fifth anniversary season and welcomed the team’s 2-millionth fan, doing so faster than any other South Atlantic League and New Jersey professional baseball team. Lakewood will open the home 2006 season April 13 against Delmarva at 6:35 p.m. For tickets or more information, call (732) 901-7000 or visit the BlueClaws Web site at