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Bakersfield Train Robbers players need homes for 2018 season

Posted at 9:20 AM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 12:20:02-04

The Bakersfield Train Robbers are back for their second season in the Pecos League and are set to take the diamond for their opener on Thursday.

All 22 players on the team, coming in from all over the country, are still chasing the dream of playing professional baseball. 

But, there's an issue facing more than a third of the players. They don't have homes. 

In minor league baseball and independent baseball many players, playing away from their home towns, get host families to help cover housing expenses. 

In 2017, 23ABC reported that members of the Train Robbers make just $57 a week. 

Currently, as many as nine players are without host families and do not have homes. 

The team's season kicks off Thursday night at 7:45 at Sam Lynn Ballpark against the Monterey Amberjacks. 

Anyone looking to help house the players can contact the team's manager Brian Kloppe at 602-463-1192.