OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Cheryl Reitmeyer loves to host. Which makes the Kansas City, Kansas, woman the perfect fit to coordinate host families for the Kansas City Monarchs.
She and others open their homes to players who need a place to stay during the season from roughly May to September. She’s done it for about nine years, dating back to when the Monarchs were the T-Bones.
“Requirements are to have a room, a safe, soft space for them to fall at the end of the day when they’ve played a game,” Reitmeyer said.
Players for the new team based at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas, play in an independent league called the American Association of Professional Baseball. Most of the players are from outside the Kansas City area and only live in town for five months or less during the season.
“The last thing you want to be stressing about is a lease because a lot of apartments don’t offer short-term leases,” said Monarchs pitcher Akeem Bostick, who is living with Reitmeyer during the season.
Plus, at any moment, a Major League Baseball team could buy a player like Bostick’s contract forcing him to move again on short notice. He’s thankful for Reitmeyer’s generosity.
“What she’s doing is really great for guys like me,” the pitcher said.
Reitmeyer is always looking for families interested in hosting players. Those interested in learning more can call the team’s office at 913-328-5618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.