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May 27, 2011 - 1:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, muckdogs, sports.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend the Second Annual Pre-Season “PEP-DOG RALLY."

Our Batavia Muckdogs Baseball season is only a few weeks away and we NEED your help!

On Wednesday, June 15, just two days before the Season Home Opener, the stadium will be open to the community. We need YOU to come out and get our Batavia Muckdogs PEPPED up for the 2011 season.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is FREE and there will be fun for the entire family. There will be games for the kids, local Mascots, and food concession for you to get your ball park favorites. The merchandise stands will also be open for you to gear up for the season.

Be the first to meet this year’s players!  They will be available to sign autographs and chat with the fans.  

Prizes and raffles will be given throughout the night, including valuable sports memorabilia such as: an 8x10 autographed picture of Nick Markakis; an autographed bat by Hall of Famer Earl Weaver; autographed baseballs by Ryan Howard, Lou Piniella, Jimmy Rollins, Tim McCarver and many more.

Enjoy the music of "23 SkiDOO," a strolling ragtime band sponsored by the Genesee County Baseball Club.

The season opener is at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at Dwyer Stadium.

May 14, 2011 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, muckdogs, sports.

Mark your calendars! Come and meet your 2011 Muckdogs on June 15. Admission is free. Be the first to meet this year's players, who will be available to sign autographs, take pictures and chat.

Gates at Dwyer Stadium open at 6 p.m. (rain date is June 16).

Come show your support for our Muckdogs and get "Pepped up" for the home opener on Friday, June 17!

FREE games for the kids and concession stands will be open.

Whiffle Ball Tournament -- Anyone in attendance can participate!

Prizes and raffles throughout the night, including valuable sports memorabilia.

Live, strolling ragtime band called "23 SkiDOO" will perform, sponsored by the Genesee County Baseball Club.

For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Kelly J. Bermingham at 343-7440, ext. 26.

"Today a Batavia Muckdog...Tomorrow a St. Louis Cardinal."

May 14, 2011 - 1:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, muckdogs, sports.

The Batavia Muckdogs and the New York-Penn League announced Thursday that the league’s philanthropic arm, the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, will once again sponsor a scholarship program.

It allows area high school seniors the opportunity to compete for one of three $2,500 grand-prize awards.

The 2011 NYPL Scholarship Program is open to any graduating senior from a public or private high school, who has been accepted at any two or four-year college or university, vocational or technical education institution or program.

Applicants will be judged based on academic performance, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and the impact the Muckdogs and Minor League Baseball have had on their lives.

The Scholarship Program will consist of two stages – a local round and a divisional round.

In the local stage, applicants from throughout the Muckdogs’ home market will compete against each other to determine one winner who will represent Batavia in the final round.

At the divisional stage, the Muckdogs’ representative will compete against the winners from the Auburn Doubledays, Jamestown Jammers, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes and Williamsport Crosscutters for the Pinckney Division’s $2,500 award.

Any finalist who does not win the top scholarship will receive a $250 book award.

In total, the New York-Penn League Scholarship Program will award $10,250 in scholarships this summer to deserving high school graduates from the NYPL’s 14 markets.

Scholarship applications are available by contacting the Batavia Muckdogs at (585) 343-5454 or by visiting the official Web site of the New York-Penn League,

The deadline to submit applications is June 30 and finalists will be selected in late July and honored at an August home game.

May 6, 2011 - 4:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, muckdogs, sports.
Event Date and Time: 
June 15, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come and meet your 2011 Muckdogs on June 15. Admission is free. Be the first to meet this year's players, who will be available to sign autographs, take pictures and chat.

Gates at Dwyer Stadium open at 6 p.m. (rain date is June 16).

Come show your support for our Muckdogs and get "Pepped up" for the home opener on Friday, June 17!

FREE games for the kids and concession stands will be open.

Whiffle Ball Tournament -- Anyone in attendance can participate!

February 14, 2011 - 4:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, muckdogs, sports.

The Genesee County Baseball Club will hold its annual Batavia Muckdogs Hot Stove Dinner and auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at the Batavia Party House at 5762 East Main Street Road in Stafford.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed immediately by dinner.

The Hot Stove Dinner is a time for good food, friendship, baseball talk, and silent and live auctions of baseball-related memorabilia (including signed bats and balls), work by local artists, and gift certificates from a variety of local businesses.

Tickets may be purchased in Batavia at Dwyer Stadium, Gerace’s Hair Care, the Williams Law Firm, and the offices of Dr. Ross Fanara and Dr. Alan Barcomb.

November 29, 2010 - 3:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in baseball, muckdogs, sports.

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

Dann Bilardello will return in 2011 for his second season as manager of the Batavia Muckdogs. The 51-year-old Bilardello had a record of 45-29 and led the Muckdogs to the Pinckney Division title in his first season as the Muckdogs' skipper.

Prior to managing the Muckdogs, Bilardello was the St. Louis Cardinals' Minor League catching coordinator for three seasons. The former Major League catcher also has four years of Minor League managing experience in the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.

Bilardello managed the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the Carolina League during the 2005 season. Before that, he spent three years managing for the Dodgers in Great Falls of the Pioneer League starting in 2002 and then the following two years with Columbus in the South Atlantic League. He led Great Falls to a Pioneer League Championship in 2002 with a record of 47-28 and 4-1 in the playoffs.
The Vero Beach, Fla., resident played all or part of eight Major League seasons as a catcher with Cincinnati (1983-85), Montreal (1986), Pittsburgh (1989-90) and San Diego (1991-92). He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being chosen in the first round of the secondary phase of the 1978 amateur draft. In 382 Major League games, he batted .204 with 18 home runs and 91 RBI.

Joining Bilardello in the dugout will be Pitching Coach Arthur “Ace” Adams and Hitting Coach Roger LaFrancois.

Ace Adams, 58, will return for his second season as the Muckdogs' pitching coach and his fourth year in the Cardinals organization. His previous two seasons were spent serving as the pitching coach of Quad Cities.

Adams entered the professional coaching ranks in 1997 with the Montreal Expos organization after 13 years as a college coach at Dartmouth (1984), Harvard (1985), Brandeis (1986-89) and the University of Michigan (1989-96). The Wellesley, Mass., native was a traveling batting-practice pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1984-85.
Roger LaFrancois, 54, will begin his second season as the Muckdogs' hitting coach and has more than 20 years of coaching experience. He has coached or managed at all levels of the Minor Leagues with several different Major League organizations.

A catcher in the Boston Red Sox organization, LaFrancois spent eight years with the Sox, and saw action in the Major Leagues during the 1982 season. The Old Saybrook, Conn., resident has been a partner and director of the World Baseball Coaches Convention since 2003.

Mike Petrarca will serve as the trainer for the 2010 season, his first with the Muckdogs. Petrarca will be entering his fourth season in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.


October 26, 2010 - 11:46am
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, muckdogs, sports.

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."

September 21, 2010 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, baseball, muckdogs, sports.

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.

September 5, 2010 - 4:27pm
posted by Susan Brownell in batavia, baseball, 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!


September 3, 2010 - 12:31pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in baseball, muckdogs, sports, meet the muckdogs, andrew moss.


The last in our series of Muckdogs player interviews. 

August 27, 2010 - 10:22am
posted by Gretel Kauffman in baseball, muckdogs, sports.


August 25, 2010 - 11:05pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in baseball, muckdogs, matt valaika.


August 25, 2010 - 2:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in baseball, Announcements, muckdogs, sports.

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.

August 20, 2010 - 4:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, muckdogs, New York-Penn League.

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.

August 13, 2010 - 12:11am
posted by Gretel Kauffman in baseball, muckdogs.


July 30, 2010 - 1:03pm
posted by Russ Salway in batavia, Basebal. Dwyer stadium, muckdogs, Red wings.

149.jpg Listen I know you all have probably read posts here online or elswhere about our Batavia Muckdogs. I'm sure you all know that the Muckdogs have had financial problems over the last few years and that this is a very important year for the future of our franchise.

Something you might not have thought of is the quality-of-life issue for our city and county. The Muckdogs have been a part of our area since 1939. I believe that's the year both the "Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind" came to our theaters. Needless to say, it's been a long time. During those years, many players have passed through Batavia with their dreams of some day playing in the big leagues. Most go onto other cities, carrying those dreams until one day they either make it to the big leagues or they get sent home looking for a job in "the real world."

Seasons pass, but one thing has always remained, our Clippers, Pirates, Indians, Trojans and Muckdogs have always returned. The "Boys of Summer" come to Batavia with their dreams. This could very well be the last summer where that happens! The 2010 Batavia Muckdogs might be the last season of professional baseball to ever play at Dwyer stadium on a beautiful summer night. What will that mean for the people of Batavia and Genesee County?

Our community will welcome next spring like it always does after a long hard winter! Spring fever will be everywhere! The "snowbirds" from the south will come back north to Batavia to be with family and friends for the summer. Kids will be getting out of school looking forward to a summer of fun! Yes some things will always remain the same, but something will be very different, something that has always been taken for granted. Our Muckdogs could be GONE FOREVER!

Summer nights at Dwyer stadium aren't just about baseball games. They are the last place in our county where people gather weekly to see old friends and make new ones.  Many kids from the NY State School for the Blind come to games, kids of all ages gather at Dwyer for a summer night of fun. Some even get to run on the field with Muckdog players. Buses come to Dwyer with Batavia's older generation from area retirement homes for a night out of summer fun. Area businesses promote their own businesses at Dwyer and promote community togetherness. Church groups join together for a summer night. Everyone in Genesee County seems to come to Dwyer on the 4th of July for their traditional fireworks!

Please never take anything for granted, because once you do, you stand a great chance of losing it forever! Our baseball team (no matter what name you call them) will be the same! Oh yes we will have the stories to share with friends about fun nights at Dwyer.  Just like many have of former nights at many other local area traditional places that are now nothing but ghosts!  I can already picture it now for the 4th of July celebration for 2011. Cars driving down Bank Street packing the sides of the street and people walking down to a quiet Dwyer stadium. All of them questioning if they already missed the fireworks?  Then maybe they will realize that they missed out on a lot more. That they took things for granted and now start to realize what they have lost forever!

It's not too late! You can make a difference Batavia and Genesee County! You can start with coming out tonight and tomorrow night (July 30th &31st). Pack the stands, show your support, spread the word, enjoy new friendships and old ones as well, watch young men start their dreams and end the night with fireworks both nights! Nobody would take our team if the stands were packed the rest of the season! Why would they? But if they aren't packed, be ready to start sharing your past stories once this season is over!


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