The Rochester Red Wings released the following on Friday:
Batavia, NY – Today, Batavia Muckdogs General Manager Travis Sick announced that the Red Wings will continue to operate the Batavia Muckdogs for the 2010 season.
“We have been in discussions for several weeks regarding next season, and given the improved financials during the 2009 season, we feel encouraged that further improvement is possible. The Red Wings have decided to continue to support our operation here, and we’re eager to start planning for next year”, Sick said.
While the Batavia Muckdogs operation did sustain a loss, its revenues saw a slight improvement over the prior year. That, combined with strong efforts to hold expenses down enabled the Ballclub to have a better year. “We know that even with the more favorable financial results, continued increases in advertising and ticket sales will be necessary for this franchise to be a success over the long term. We need the community of both businesses and individuals alike to support the Muckdogs through advertising and attendance. This community is very fortunate to have a professional baseball franchise, and I think and hope that people want it to remain here for a long time to come. We’ll do everything this off-season to promote opportunities to support the Ballclub, and you can be sure we will be at our offices at Dwyer Stadium working hard to plan for the 2010 season.”
Naomi Silver, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Rochester Red Wings and its affiliates stated “While it has been difficult for communities the size of Batavia to sustain a professional baseball franchise, it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to have a franchise. The trend in sports has been for bigger cities to buy up small-town clubs, but I think small towns like Batavia need these ballclubs, maybe more than anyplace else. After all, what makes a community livable if not for wholesome entertainment like a professionally run baseball club? We just hope to do well enough through the support of our sponsors and fan base to make it work financially.”
Brian Paris, President of the Genesee County Baseball club added, “Batavia is very fortunate to have the Red Wings organization as a partner in our community. They continue to strive to make baseball in Batavia successful. The news of their return for a third season in 2010 is a true indication of their high level of integrity and persistence. I would ask all of our business leaders and citizens within Genesee County and the surrounding areas to support their efforts. The Batavia Muckdogs are a vital part of our historic and social fabric as a community. It is wonderful to be able to say I’ll see you at the ballpark in June!”
Muckdogs 2010 season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Dwyer Stadium or by calling (585)343-5454.