TIP: How to Send Fan Mail to Your Favorite Baseball Players

Although it seems most people know this, I have decided to tell fans how to send your favorite baseball player mail. While I hear that there are creepy baseball books and websites that list player’s home addresses, there is a much better and less-stalkerish way to reach them- the ballpark! That’s right folks, you can send your favorite player mail and it will go directly to the clubhouse. Pretty fancy, right?

Mat often brings his mail home to open. While the vast majority of it consists of requests for cards to be signed, he’s received everything from pictures drawn by kids (see below- these are clearly AWESOME) to japanese toys to hate mail (not awesome- let’s not do this, guys).  I’ve heard of veteran players receiving everything from chocolates to baby gifts to hand-knit blankets. Crazy, right?!

(Let it be noted that not all players sign cards through the mail and some of these guys get almost as much mail as Santa so try not to be too bummed if you’ve written or sent something to one of them and not gotten a response.)

No matter what team your favorite player is on, you can most often address your mail using the following format:

Player Name

℅ clubhouse

ballpark address

Using Mat as an example:

Mat Latos

℅ Reds Clubhouse

100 Joe Nuxhall Way

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Simple enough, right?


There’s always a creepy way and a non-creepy way to interact with your favorite ballplayer so I hope you find this useful.


p.s. Swimfan was a creepy movie. Let’s not be swimfans.


In honor of this post, I will send Mat a card to sign, and ask one of my kids to draw a picture for him!

When I was a kid, I used to write to my favorite athletes, and the only ones that responded were Johnny Bench and Bob Griese. They both sent pictures with rubber-stamped autographs, but considering I didn’t include return postage or something to sign, I should consider myself fortunate.

That’s kind of surprising. In 1973 my dad gave me a ride to the Holiday Inn in Houston where the Reds would stay when they were playing the Astros. Bench and Morgan seemed pretty standoffish like it was a hassle for them to sign autographs for kids. On the other hand both George Foster and Pete Rose along with manager Sparky Anderson were very friendly and didn’t seem to mind at all.

Who knew!? I guess if I had used my little brain, I would have been able to figure that out. Not that I would EVER consider mailing something to someone’s home like that – but I never knew I could send something to the clubhouse and the players would actually get it. Just thought catching a glimpse of our favorite guys at the ball field or events like Reds Fest was it for us.

Thanks for the insight! (Not just regarding mail, but its nice to know “famous” wives go through the same ups and downs, and emotions that the rest of us go though!)

great way to get a player autograph – you may wish to enclose a self addressed stamp Envelope

Dallas, your articles are always entertaining. 🙂 keep them coming. GO TEAM LATOS!!!

“Let’s not be swimfans.” – AWESOME! (And very ladylike.) I may have to use that when one of my girlfriends starts talking a little stalkertalk about her latest great date. I haven’t written a fan letter since John Stamos quit General Hospital, but it’s nice to know that people still do even with all the techology giving faster access to people.

In the early 1960s (showing my age there, but I was a kid), the Cincinnati Reds yearbook, on sale to fans at stadium, listed personal contact information — can’t remember if it was phone numbers or addresses — for many of the players. Not for stars, but some were starters. I assume it was because a lot of them were making $15,000 or $20,000 a year and wanted to be contacted for offseason jobs.

I remember those days and a lot of players stayed in town and was looking for work in the off season and if you were lucky you could find them in the off season and get there autograph =Crosley Field loved going to game and sitting in the sun or moon deck

Nice to know. My best friend’s son sent a letter to a former Cincinnati Reds player (who shall remain nameless) and to this day, every time I see him, he tells me about it and how he never heard anything back from the player. I try to soften the blow by saying maybe said player never got the letter…who knows. I’ll pass this information on to him and maybe he will have better luck next time! Thanks 🙂

Mat actually autographed two cards for me c/o the Reds back in July. Pass on my thanks to him!

Im 28 years old but a huge fan…I think it would be creepy if I wrote to him..lol

Only if you write him in crayon. Lmao

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My boyfriends grandpa played for the Reds in the 50’s, and he still receives numerous baseball cards in the mail for signing each week. Get excited… this will now be a life-long thing! 🙂

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