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Steve Holm Happy to be Back in the Majors

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

From the Host Mom: Our Baseball Pro, Steve Holm, is back in the majors at the San Francisco Giants. Steve wasn’t getting much playing time, so he had been moved (optioned) to the Fresno Grizzlies AAA baseball team to get more game time. It’s common for players to move between the different levels, depending on [...]

San Jose Giants Baseball Games Best in Silicon Valley 2008

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

From the Host Mom: The annual vote is in, and the games and ballpark for this single A baseball team is a favorite with the San Jose Mercury News readers. This excerpt pretty much sums up the attraction: “The prices at AT&T Park a bit much for your wallet? The Giants having a less-than-stellar year? [...]

Education for Minor Leagues…

Friday, June 6th, 2008

From Ask the Baseball Pro: Corey wrote: What type of education do you need to play on a minors baseball team? From the Baseball Pro: Corey, In order to play in the minor leagues the only education you need is your high school diploma. A team can not sign you until you have graduated from [...]

Steve Holm Hits 1st Major League Home Run for San Francisco Giants

Monday, May 12th, 2008

From Host Mom: What a Mother’s Day gift to his mother and grandmother as our baseball pro hit his first major league home run, and won the game! Here is a quotation from the team’s website: Holm’s first homer lifts Giants past Phils Catcher slugs two-run shot in seventh; Molina gets two hits By Rick [...]

Steve Holm is Getting Good Press in San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

From Host Mom: Our Baseball Pro was the feature story in the Sports section on May 6,2008, , with a piece entitled “Well-prepared Holm catches an opportunity” Here is a quotation from the article, noting that Steve played in San Jose during 2006 and stayed with us: Holm hit 15 home runs in 2006 while [...]

Steve Holm is in Major League Baseball, San Francisco Giants

Monday, March 31st, 2008

From Host Mom: This was an exciting weekend. Our Baseball Pro, Steve Holm, played in two exhibition games against the cross-bay Oakland A’s. It was fun watching him play behind the plate in the Giants ball park in the San Francisco Giants major league baseball uniform. And he got several hits. Then on Sunday, Steve [...]

Steve Holm at Major League Camp for San Francisco Giants.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Our Baseball Pro was invited to “Big League Camp” in January, a big step up from Minor League Camp. He’s still there, and doing well, as you can see from this news release from the San Francisco Giants, which is a major accomplishment. Steve has a great work ethic and disciplined approach to the game. [...]

How Many Hours Does a Baseball Player Work??

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

From Ask the Baseball Pro: Kevin wrote: What is the average amount of hours a professional baseball player works in a year? From the Baseball Pro: Kevin, This is a hard question to answer because we do not have normal work schedules. Also we must work out at the gym so I guess you must [...]

Host Families and Minor League Baseball Players

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Host families are a key part of the minor league baseball system. Players simply don’t make enough money to afford to live in Silicon Valley for the six months they play for the San Jose Giants. This article from a local newspaper, the Campbell Reporter, describes Paul Oseguera’s life with his host family. Paul is [...]

Dealing with Ups and Downs of Playing Baseball

Monday, September 10th, 2007

From Ask the Baseball Pro: New Host Mom, Shari wrote: My husband and I have for the last 2 months been a new host family for a AA Minor leaguer. We are so thrilled to do this but have ran into a problem. What do you do when he is so discouraged and down on [...]

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