Season may be cancelled if housing can't be secured
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Frackers baseball team is behind the curve in securing host families for nine of its 25 players on the 2018 roster.
Frackers general manager Mike Dimond said some families from last year can’t house some of this year’s players.
“One of them has got a big family wedding they’re planning. Another one’s trying to get some foster kids. Several of them are going away on vacations,” Dimond said. “We weren’t aware of it until a month ago.”
Dimond said he’s looking for five to eight additional host families to house the nine players who don’t have a place to stay.
Dimond said the Frackers are facing a May 31 deadline to accommodate the remaining players with room and board or the team may have to cancel the 2018 campaign.
The Frackers’ opening series versus the Greeley Grays starts at 5:30 p.m. June 1 at Ricketts Park.
“We’ve just got to find some answers for this,” Dimond said. “If there isn’t even anything available to rent, then we don’t have anywhere else to go. We’re seeking out anything we can find at this point.”
Dimond said he’s not opposed to renting apartments for players, but he would prefer for host families to come forward because he hasn't been able to find any apartment complexes that offer a two-month lease. Dimond also said he plans to contact Navajo Preparatory School about serving as another housing option because NPS has on-campus dormitories.
Dimond said the Frackers will pay for the players’ food, roughly $300 per player for the season. And even though players will have their own transportation and pay for their own gasoline, Dimond said the Frackers would cover gas in emergency situations.
The Frackers, an American Amateur Baseball Congress team featuring college-age players, are in their second year of existence.
Keaton Christy is the only local player on this year’s roster, while the remaining 24 are coming from different regional cities, including Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Lubbock, Texas.
Dimond said he hopes to find players housing across San Juan County, not just in Farmington.
Dimond said anyone who has available rooms should email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-327-3120.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.