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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

RCB will continue to operate Muckdogs in 2011 while seeking buyer

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Here's a news release from Travis Sick, general manager of the Batavia Muckdogs.

Rochester Community Baseball announced today that it would continue operating the Batavia Muckdogs in the 2011 baseball season.

Naomi Silver, president and CEO of RCB, Inc., stated that "The Red Wings are very pleased to be able to continue to help Batavia in maintaining the operation of the Muckdogs. The Muckdogs are an extremely important asset; not only of great financial value as a Minor League Baseball franchise, but an important entertainment venue in the Batavia community.

"We would not want to walk away from the operation, leaving the team at risk of not being able to support itself financially while awaiting a sale. Our staying will permit the GCBC board the opportunity to seek out a sale of the Muckdogs on terms which will be most beneficial to the Batavia community."

The team has been for sale since late summer. To date, several inquiries have been made and conversations with potential suitors are ongoing.

Brian Paris, president of the Genesee County Baseball Club, the not-for-profit which owns the Muckdogs, said "We are appreciative and grateful that the Red Wings see fit to continue running the operation here in Batavia while we pursue a buyer.

"Our hope is that a local sale will occur, or that an individual or company will step forward with an interest in spending substantial sponsorship dollars, allowing the financial picture to improve. A company interested in naming rights, for example, would make a big difference here in Batavia, the way it has in most communities around the country."

Given the success of the Muckdogs' 2010 season on the field, it is anticipated that 2011 will be a good year for the operation.

Travis Sick, in his third year as general manager of the Muckdogs, is looking forward to solid sales both in advertising and at the ticket office.

Sick said: "We had a great year on the field this past season, and the Red Wings' dedication and support of this franchise bodes well for this community.

"I think our fans and advertisers were concerned that baseball might disappear from the Batavia landscape, but now we can move forward with our planning and sales for 2011. With the recent extension of the working relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals, I think we can expect another great year on the field."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Muckdogs, Cardinals extend contract; baseball likely to be here in 2011

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Although the Red Wings have not firmly committed to having community baseball remain in Batavia next year, they will maintain a financial interest in ownership of the Muckdogs and in providing the team with an affiliate in the NY Penn League -- the St. Louis Cardinals.

"The chances of there being baseball in Batavia in 2011 are extremely strong," said Maomi Silver, president and CEO of Red Wings Management, LLC, the company which has managed the Muckdogs since 2008.

She commented on the issue at Dwyer Stadium this afternoon, when it was announced that the Muckdogs and St. Louis Cardinals will extend their working relationship through the 2012 season.

The existing Muckdogs-Cardinals Player-Development Contract expires Sept. 30.

Silver made it clear that the Red Wings are not going to abandon the Muckdogs and that if it takes longer than this off-season to find a buyer, so be it. The search for a buyer continues and there has been interest shown, but no deal is imminent, she said.

A joint announcment about the continued affiliation between the Muckdogs and St. Louis Cardinals was made by Cardinals Assistant Manager John Abbamondi, Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch, and Brian Paris, president of Genesee County Community Baseball, the nonprofit that owns the Batavia Muckdogs franchise.

Paris said: "The Genesee County Baseball Club is pleased to announce that will we be extending our working relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals for two more years. This is a great day for the Batavia community as we continue our partnership with one of the greatest teams in the history of Batavia baseball, including the unforgettable 2008 New York-Penn League Championship season.

"They've been a first-class organization to work with and we're fortunate to have them at our affiliate in Batavia."

Silver said: "We're very pleased to see the working relationship between Batavia and the St. Louis Cardinals extended. The Cardinals have done everything a Minor League franchise could hope for in an affiliation.

"They also understand how important small town Minor League Baseball is to the Batavia Community and they deserve a lot of credit for providing the baseball fans of Batavia with extremely talented young players."

Abbamondi said: "We have had a good experience working with the ownership and management team in Batavia and I want to thank Naomi Silver, Gary Larder and Brian Paris for their support.

"We reached the playoffs this season and won the Championship in 2008 and we look forward to building on this recent success."

In four seasons as a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate (2007 to present), the Batavia Muckdogs have made the New York-Penn League playoffs twice, with the Muckdogs winning their first New York-Penn League Championship in 45 years in 2008.

"The St. Louis Cardinals are a first-class organization and we couldn't ask for more," Silver added.

Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

A Sunday with the Muckdogs!

post by Susan Brownell in baseball, batavia, muckdogs

We have been waiting all summer for today, because today was a matinee game at Dwyer Stadium.  It was cloudy, windy and quite chily, but over all a great game!  Don't get me wrong, we love those night games, but we had never been to a matinee game before.

The Muckdogs won it 7-0 against the Auburn Doubledays.

It was also Fan Appreciation day and my daughter, Celeste, won a baseball signed by the whole Muckdog's team.  And after the game, her and any kids that wanted to, were able to run the bases with Homer.  They recieved a Bob Evans coupon at third base!

Thank you Muckdogs and good luck in the Playoffs this week!

 

 

Here is Celeste and her Grandma enjoying some french fries!

 

 

 

Celeste and her new autographed baseball !!

 

 

 

Some game pictures...

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Kids and Homer running the bases!

 

 

And here is a picture from earlier in the season!

 

Friday, September 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Meet the Muckdogs: Andrew Moss

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The last in our series of Muckdogs player interviews. 

Monday, August 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Meet the Muckdogs: Zach Russell

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Friday, August 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Meet the Muckdogs: Jon Edwards

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Friday, August 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

Meet the Muckdogs: Joey Bergman

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Meet the Muckdogs: Matt Valaika

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Muckdogs play double-headers tonight and tommorrow

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The Batavia Muckdogs will have two back-to-back double-headers on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 25 and 26 due to wet field conditions on Tuesday evening. Game time is 6:05 p.m. both days with gates opening at 5 p.m.

Any ticket purchased for Tuesday's game can be exchanged for two tickets to any future Muckdogs regular season game.
 
Wednesday is Homer’s Birthday Bash. In celebration, we will be giving out free ice cream bars to the first 250 fans courtesy of Hershey’s Ice Cream.

It’s also Drug Free Communities Family Four Pack where fans can get four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four 12 oz. sodas and a 2010 Program for ONLY $30. Plus you’ll receive a FREE prize pack courtesy of Drug Free Communities.
 
Thursday offers the Knot Hole Game presented by Turnbull Heating and Air.
 
For tickets, call the Muckdogs Box Office at 343-5454, ext. 1005.

Friday, August 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

New Batavia grad is finalist in NY-Penn League's scholarship contest

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Melissa Levins, who just graduated from Batavia High School, was a finalist in the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation's scholarship contest.

She and 10 other finalists statewide received $250 for college textbooks.

A total of $10,000 in scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors by the league’s philanthropic arm, the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, as part of its 2010 Scholarship Program.

Three grads, none of whom are from Genesee County, received the grand prize of $2,500 each in scholarship money.

The New York-Penn League and its 14 member clubs created the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) in 2003. Its mission is to provide focus and support for the collective and individual charitable and community efforts of the New York-Penn League, its clubs and their staff.

In 2009, the total contributions by the league and its clubs exceeded $827,000 and included contributions of cash, food, game tickets, merchandise, and other goods and services.

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