On Tuesday, the Batavia Muckdogs and St. Louis Cardinals announced a two-year extension of their working relationship through the 2012 season. A joint announcement was made by Cardinals Assistant General Manager John Abbamondi, Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch, and Brian Paris, President of Genesee County Community Baseball, the not-for-profit that owns the Batavia Muckdogs Franchise.
The existing Muckdogs-Cardinals Player Development Contract expires September 30, 2010.
“The Genesee County Baseball Club is pleased to announce that we will 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 Major League Baseball. Over the past several years the Cardinals have provided some of the best 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 as our affiliate in Batavia,” said Brian Paris, President of GCBC.
“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,” said Naomi Silver, President and CEO of Red Wings Management, LLC, the company which has managed the Muckdogs since 2008.
“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,” stated John Abbamondi, Assistant General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. “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-present) the Batavia Muckdogs have made the New York-Penn League playoffs twice, with the Muckdogs winning their first New York-Penn League Championships in 45 years in 2008.
“The St. Louis Cardinals are a first class organization and we couldn’t ask for a better partner,” added Silver.
Editors note: In what at first blush seemed to be a change of heart, the Red Wings stated they are likely to continue their management agreement in 2011. That is only relevant if the team remains in Batavia, with an October 30 deadline, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Batavia Daily News. GCBC has put the team up for sale for a price in the $4 million range, with preference given to local ownership, if any step forward. As such, the location of where the Muckdogs will compete next season and beyond remains up in the air as will who will operate them.