The Single-A Batavia (NY) Muckdogs are officially on the block. As previously reported, the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings will soon be pulling the plug on operating the franchise for the Genesee County Baseball Club (GCBC). As a result, GCBC has decided to unload the team. Now, cry for Batavia, but don’t cry for the Red Wings after they lost an estimated $500k over three seasons. They’re entitled to 15 percent of any sale, which is expected to be around $750,000 on a $5 million estimated take. Read more here. The Oneonta Tigers sold recently for about $6 million. Thanks to John Cerone for the story.
PRESS RELEASE – The Genesee County Baseball Club, the not-for-profit organization that owns the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Pennsylvania Baseball League, announced today that it is soliciting offers from potential buyers of the team.
For the past three years, Rochester Community Baseball, owner of the Rochester Red Wings, has operated the Muckdogs under an agreement with the GCBC. The Red Wings have informed the GCBC that it is unlikely that the relationship will continue for a fourth year.
“We thank the Red Wings for these last three years, which included the memorable 2008 championship season,” Paris said. “They have indicated that they are probably going to move on, and we respect their decision.”
Paris said that the GCBC will give “strong preference” to potential buyers who pledge to keep the team in Batavia.
“Batavia has had a team in this league since 1939,” said Paris, “and we are very hopeful that we can find a buyer who appreciates the rich history, family atmosphere, great ballpark, and wonderful community spirit of Batavia.”
The NYP League, then called the PONY League, was founded in 1939 at a meeting at the Hotel Richmond in downtown Batavia. Batavia and Jamestown are the only two original PONY League cities that are still in the league.