Bob Matthews is a twit.
Batavia ranked #36 among minor league cities in America
Submitted by Howard Owens on August 16, 2011 - 10:58am
Bob Matthews, who has always hated the idea of pro baseball in Batavia (I have no idea why), has a column in the D&C today lamenting the new rankings by Street & Smith of minor league cities.
Rochester has fallen to #20.
But also bad in Matthews' mind is that Batavia came in fairly high among 241 cities ranked.
Batavia was No. 36. I have no idea why.
The baseball Muckdogs are the only pro team, they're operated by the Red Wings and they could be on shaky ground. Batavia ranked 42nd in tenure (for how long?), 81st in attendance (no way) and 98th in economy.
The full rankings can be viewed here.
Unfortunately, Street & Smith doesn't explain its attendance ranking, but it's probably based on a percentage of the host city's population, and with less than 16,000 people in the City of Batavia, the percentage for the Muckdogs is pretty good.
There are a handful of cities ranked above Batavia with only one sports franchise.