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A Novel Approach to Cheap Room and Board

The minor leagues are a great feeder system for major league baseball, providing Americana-choked baseball and an outlet for development for players across the country. Yet while the minors are a great system for small towns, small organizations and players on an elevator to the big leagues, it doesn't exactly pay well enough to provide plush digs for most of its athletes.

That's where Lake Erie Crushers (of the independent Frontier League) pitcher Josh Faiola has come up with a unique solution, taking a room that was provided for he and his wife in a nursing home as a way to save the limited funds he takes home.

Faiola, a Dartmouth grad who was drafted by the Orioles in both 2005 and 2006 (he returned for his senior season in between) impressed in rookie ball in 2006, but was quickly beset with shoulder problems thereafter. He spent two seasons rehabbing from a torn labrum only to be released by Baltimore during spring training in March, leaving him to scramble for some place to play.

He ended up in Avon, Ohio, with the Crushers. And that's how he ended up in a convalescence home ... with his wife.

"I was like, 'Ooooh ... Bingo!'" Faiola's wife Allison said. "It'll be a good opportunity to get some quality bingo time in."

Bingo and free meals. Seriously, if you were a minor leaguer, could you get a better deal than free room -- and a $5,000 luxury suite with flat screen TV, at that -- and board at a facility a hop, skip and a jump away from your ballpark? How can you beat it?

Oh, right. You could make the big leagues. Well, failing that, it certainly seems like Faiola's got a pretty good thing going.

By Cameron Smith  |  May 15, 2009; 12:02 PM ET
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I saw something about that the other day. I think it's pretty cool. Also, they will gain a bunch of surrogate grandparents, I would guess.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 15, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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