When a player gets drafted what are the housing
arrangements. Are they payed for by the team?
Do they feed the players? In general, what is life like for a young player out of high school.

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I can only speak for my son's experience in the Gulf Coast Rookie League (Short Season). Out of high school, he was required to stay at the team dormatories. Each room can house up to 4 players. (Stacked bunk beds) The cost for housing and meals are taken out of their $850/month pay. My son "netted" every two weeks about $70.
Life for a young player is not easy from an economic standpoint. Many 18-19 year olds do not have access to cars, etc. I would suspect that many players receive regular "care packages" from family to get by.
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Each team handles it differently. Some stay with host families, others live in dormatories. My son played his rookie ball for the Braves and they were housed at a low-end suite-type hotel. Some teams provide no housing and the players are on their own to find apartments, etc. And, as was said earlier,the kingly salary of $850 a month won't buy you much luxury. That's why players have to be pretty mature and mentally tough when they sign that contract.
Types of housing for players can vary widely - saw a post recently about a kid who left bigtime d1 (great amenities and top shelf accomodations) and signed. First year he was living in tiny apt. with no air conditioning and they took turns sleeping in bathtub.
Conversely, a Class A team I know of has a great housing program where players live with "host families" for season - Often in very nice homes with lots of support from these families.
From what I have seen and heard low level ball is a tough lifestyle with no monetary awards except for those select few who got big bonus $.
However, tons of people would drop jobs in a heartbeat to have the talent and opportunity to play baseball for a living!
Wow! Lots of Doom-N-Gloom. How can these teams take advantage of the young players like that. Of course, the house my older son lives in at Lindenwood U. is no prize either.
I can share my son's experience:

After signing in 2001, he shared a furnished apartment on the intercoastal waterway in Port Charlotte, FL, while playing in the Gulf Coast League. The rent was $900.00 a month, shared by three guys-this was the first time my son had ever lived away from home, mind you. He thought it was heaven I am sure. (He had just turned 19 yrs. old) - But he was only bringing in $850.00 a month, before taxes, so he was always dipping into his signing bonus and a lot of kids don't get decent signing bonuses.

His next season he was in Savannah, GA. The affiliate there hooked them up in a nice 2 bedroom apartment, a few miles away. It was shared by four players and was $800.00 for rent. (they choose their own roommates). They had to go out and rent furniture for the season and set up their own utilities. Being his second year in the minors and if memory serves me, he was getting $950.00 a month in salary.

Last year he found himself in the mid-west league, a lovely town in IA on the Mississippi river. The sole attraction was a Riverboat gambling casino, a couple of pool halls and one move theather. It was cold and miserable and after the three paid-for days in the local hotel, they were all scrambling to find a place to live before they hit the road for the first away series. There was not much to choose from. Rumor had it that previous teams had left a bad taste in local landlord's mouths so no one wanted to rent to a ball player. So neither the MLB team he plays nor the local team staff had anything set up for the players. He found a house through a local host family, it was about 70 years old and failing badly, but he and a roommate moved in with two mattresses on the floor, a washer and dryer that barely ran, and a few pots and pans. They were paying $400.00 a month in rent and only had to connect phone and cable. They had to remove the overgrown ivy off the front door in order to get inside. Just a few weeks into the season, the roommate got sent back to extended spring training and the new player arrived, took one look at the house and said he would find other arrangements, so there sits my son with all the expenses to cover himself and that was on about a salary of 1020.00 a month, before taxes.
(Mind you, they have to buy their own food, too). They get paid like $15.00 a day for food money and have clubhouse dues taken out of that which is like a $1.00 a day.

{Now that does not even cover the topic of the Latin players. Without the GREAT and I mean GREAT people who open up their homes to these young men and charge them little to nothing a month to provide a roof over thier heads.They are just good hearted baseball fans who treat these players like family, some of whom don't speak a word of the player's language, but somehow make it work. Last year all the Latin boys found themselves alone in the parking lot on the forth day of pratice with no where to live and a few of these kids barely speak English. Someone reached out and took them home with them.}

Well, this subject is near and dear to my heart. Yesterday my son and husband packed his vehicle and headed out on their first road trip together. They are making the long treck from FL to AZ for spring training. My son will work his tail off trying to impress the guys who matter and hope that he gets the much wanted and, he thinks deserved, promotion to the next level. He will find out about two days before he needs to leave, where he is headed. He will once again arrive in a strange city, with a new batch of teammates and I imagine have to find a place to live. As parents, we can't always drop everything and fly to that town and assist in living arrangements. It is always a stressful time for all. Last year he was hoping for one city and packed accordingly in March, only to find himself in weather conditions he had never experienced in his life (no coat to ward off the feezing cold weather.)
He pitched opening day on a mound, on a field where they had to scrape off 1/2 inch of ice in order to play and I think the temp was 28 degrees. This for a boy who played year round in sunny Florida where the daytime average in April is like 70 degrees.

Now, if you get a million dollar signing bonus, I guess you never have to worry - you can afford to buy or rent a place or your own in any place you might end up. You can fly city to city and can afford to ship your wheels. You can eat three great meals a day and not have to worry if the paycheck will hold out. You don't have to worry about calling home for more money.
But that is in now way the majority of minor league players. There is little money to spend on entertainment when you get an occasional day off. (once every 2 or 3 weeks) I guess if you come out of college to this, it would really be an eye opener!

But in the end, it does build character. It is a learning experience and my boy will be better for it.

I hope this shed a little light on what these players experince......and I did not even touch on the long bus trips where 6'5" fellas have to share seats and get bullied around by the senior members of the team..... pull_hair
BaseballMom244, Thanks for sharing that.

"There is among us a far closer relationship than the purely social one of a fraternal organization because we are bound together not only by a single interest but by a common goal. To win. Nothing else matters, and nothing else will do." Sandy Koufax

Thanks Baseballmom244.... It sounds like you guys are all going through a learning phase. I hope you're having fun during all of this? My yunger son had a taste of living on the road with his travel team. The Illinois Express, Great team, just a great
experience all around. He realy enjoyed it, of corse he wasn't paying for all of it. I gues it's all a learning phase and all we as parents can do is hope we brought our boys up right so that they can handle some of lifes unpleasant times.
" I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about."
--Vince Lombardi
BaseballMom244...Thanks for that enlightening post. I wasn't aware that if a minor leaguer could afford it, he could opt not to ride the bus to far away games. I was under the impression that all of them had to ride the bus as a team. Okay, I learned something new today. Thanks!
Catfish-- I think Baseballmom was referring to the ride from their home to the spring training site. Minor Leaguers are reporting this week. To my knowledge, all team members have to ride the bus to away games.
Each organization is different in how they house their players. Our son has lived with host families at the Short Season and A levels. I think the Rookie Level players live in the Days Inn in Scottsdale, which is where the rest of the minor league players live during Instructional League and Spring Training.

Host families usually charge $200/month for room and board, but his last one didn't charge anything and even provided a car for him to use. After taxes he's had about $75 to $150 a week to spend on extra food, gas, and entertainment in addition to the $20/day for dinner on road trips. Lunch is provided in the clubhouse before games. He does tip the clubhouse guy pretty generously each week, too ...not sure how much though.

On road trips their teams have traveled in charter buses and usually stayed at moderately priced hotels. At the AA level he will have to rent an apartment with teammates, but I think he's looking forward to that now that he's older.

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I think BBmom244 is referring to the problem players face in having cars. If they can afford it, they fly and have their cars shipped whenever they relocate. If not, they have to drive them to their new locations.
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