Pirate Life: Bristol Pirates looking for host families for players this summer

(PHOTO: Robinson Family / Special to News 5)

The Bristol Pirates are in urgent need of host families this season.

They are expecting about 34 players to arrive in the Tri-Cities Monday but almost a dozen of them still don't have a place to stay. Richard and Traci Robinson have been hosting players since 2012. They say it's always been a positive experience for them. "You just make lifelong memories. I'm still in contact with the first guy that we housed and his family," said Traci Robinson. "Primarily we're just looking for a place for the player to sleep," said the president and general manager of the Bristol Pirates, Mahlon Luttrell. "Some families will engage the players in a lot of their family activities, meals are not required. Some families will feed them breakfast in the morning. At lunch and dinner they're provided meals at the ball park." New this year, the Pirates organization is sending a van for the players so there is not as much of a burden on host families. Luttrell says he hopes that five more families will come forward. "For one thing it's a way of showing that they support professional baseball here in the community. And, the host family program is something they (the Pirates organization) saw and one of the reasons they select to come here was because of the host family program." If you would like to learn more, you can call Mahlon Luttrell at 276-206-9946 or Richard Robinson at 423-366-6205. You can also email

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