Highland: Sports

Minor League Baseball: Preview the Frontier Greys season March 16 at KRC

The Frontier Greys professional baseball team will host a season preview meeting at the Korte Recreation Center in Highland from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Coffee and desserts will be served.

Vinny Ganz, the Greys 2015 field manager, will be in attendance and discuss the roster and upcoming season. Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee and Deputy Commissioner Steve Tahsler will also be present.

The Frontier Greys will be holding their 15-day spring training at Glik Park in Highland, with players reporting on Wednesday, April 29. Following spring training, the Greys will return to Highland when they play at the Gateway Grizzlies, River City Rascals, and Southern Illinois Miners, in addition to off-days throughout the summer.

Overall, the Greys will be in Highland on 75 dates from April 29 through Labor Day.

The Greys will be using the event to promote their host family program and ways that local families can become involved.

The host family program is a staple of minor league sports. Along with helping to defer living expenses for the players while they pursue their big league dreams, the host family helps integrate the players into the local community while forming lasting bonds with the families.

There are many stories throughout the Frontier League of players that remain in close contact with their host families from more than 20 seasons ago.

Frontier League players range from 21 to 27 years old. More than 80 percent have prior professional baseball experience, and more than 95 percent completed four years of college.

Frank and Susan Ley, who have hosted Gateway Grizzlies players for several seasons, are coordinating the host family program for the Greys. They may be reached at sjl9353@gmail.com or (618) 540-0040.

To reserve a seat for the March 16 preview, send an email to frontiergreys@yahoo.com or call the Frontier Greys at (618) 215-4134.