Infielders Jerod Edmondson and Danny Bomback, both returnees from last year’s championship series team, will be living at The Village at Laurel Lake, a Kindred Healthcare Facility, located in Lee, Massachusetts. The Village at Laurel Lake offers a full range of services, from housekeeping to restaurant-quality dining, that help its residents remain independent.
Players staying within retirement or assisted living facilities has become a popular trend in minor league baseball since the concept was first tried in 2009. Bringing together different generations has benefits for both sides.
The residents get two adopted sons for the summer and can follow their “boys” through various forms of media. In addition, the residents will be able to attend home games as guests of the team. Having another reason to “get out” to a game will give the residents another fun activity. The ballpark has a handicap section and the park is wheelchair and walker friendly.
Another benefit is both players and residents will get to know each other as more than just players and fans. When the players are in town, they will spend time with the residents and participate in activity programs.
For the players, it is an opportunity to hone their interpersonal skills through contact with the residents and staff throughout the summer.
Nandin was fourth in the Can-AM League in hitting last season while tying for the league lead with 93 games played. He smacked eight homers and drove in 48 while also finishing third in the league in steals with 25. Edmondson was fourth on the team in homers with nine to go along with a .244 average, driving in 48 runs. He was one of three Colonials to play in a league leading 93 games in 2010.
The Pittsfield Colonials will open up their second season on May 26 against the New Jersey Jackals. The Colonials will play 54 home games at Wahconah Park this season. For information on season tickets, the 1791 Club or partnerships with the Colonials, call 413-236-2961.