New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier revealed in a New York Times story by Seth Berkman that he thought living in an apartment above a funeral parlor would help him break out of a slump he was stuck in during the 2016 season when he was on the Triple-A ScrantonWilkes-Barre RailRiders.
It's known as one of the more lush accommodations available for Yankees prospects in Triple-A. It's also directly above a funeral home. https://t.co/GLI4ckBCxH
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It didn’t, and he moved out quickly after hearing downstairs the sounds of a funeral service.
“That’s when I was like, ‘I’ve got to get out of this place,'” Frazier said. “It’s nice on the inside, but it’s a very eerie feeling. I could hear the stuff going on in the basement. That’s not cool, man. I would never in a million years go back.”
Berkman detailed the residence in which many in the minor league system of the Yankees lived while playing in Pennsylvania. Bob Gillette’s family, who owns the home in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, has been operating the Ferri & Gillette Funeral Services for 78 years.
Gillette turned the space in the top floor of the building into two apartments when his grandmother died about eight years ago and now rents it out to players.
“I’ve seen people getting wheeled in and out a few times, which was a little—different,” Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green said about his living quarters in 2017. “The place was nice. As soon as you got over the fact you’re staying in a funeral home, it was fine.”
Berkman stressed that many players find the accommodations suitable, especially compared to other league-level options. If nothing else, it gives the players memorable chapters in their lives to reflect on when they reach the major leagues.
Pitcher David Hale currently resides in the smaller of the two spaces. As former tenants, Gillette listed Scott Sizemore, John Ryan Murphy, and Shane Greene. The larger apartment is worth $1,200 a month, with the smaller space being rented for $800. All utilities are included, and two or three players sometimes live in one apartment to save money.