From the Batavia Muckdogs:
Today, Red Wings Management, LLC announced that Travis Sick and Casey Freeman will accept new positions as general managers of the NY-Penn League champion Batavia Muckdogs’ front office. Mr. Sick and Mr. Freeman were both instrumental in running the operation throughout the 2008 season.
Freeman, 31, joined the Muckdogs in May as the Director of Food and Beverage. In that capacity, he was responsible for the significant upgrade to the food service operation at Dwyer Stadium. Freeman’s background is in food and facility management. He studied Hotel Resort Management at Finger Lakes Community College and earned a B.S. in Sport Studies at St. John Fisher College. He performed an internship with the Red Wings organization in 2003. Freeman will become the General Manager of Stadium Operations, effective November 11th.
Sick, 23, spent the 2008 season as Director of Ticket Operations for the Muckdogs, after joining the team in April. Travis was born in Wayland, New York and attended Wayland-Cohocton Central School. He graduated from St. John Fisher College with a B.S. in both Sport Management and Business Management. Travis was an intern with the Rochester Red Wings organization in 2007, working in the Group Sales and Promotions departments. He will become the General Manager of Baseball Operations November 11th.
In their new capacities, both gentlemen will sell group tickets and advertising, with Sick’s additional focus being on marketing, public relations and baseball matters , and Freeman’s on concessions, merchandise, website and stadium management.
“I am excited about the opportunity that we’ve been given,” said Travis Sick. “We’re both very eager to get out there and start doing the job we know we can do for this franchise. We’ve spent a season getting to know Batavia and its people, and I am confident we will do a job that will make the community proud. This is a great time to be with an organization - coming off a championship season. I can’t imagine it being any better.”
Casey Freeman added “We’ve learned a lot this past year, and will continue to learn. But this is a job that we are both well prepared for and looking forward to. We understand that there will be challenges in turning this into a high functioning franchise, but we like the enthusiasm we see in this town. I just returned from a New York Penn League meeting, and my goal is to bring this franchise up to the level of some of the other successful franchises in our league. The other teams are very supportive of our efforts and they promise they will do all they can to share insight into their success. With that and the support of the Red Wings, we certainly have a great start.”
“We are very pleased to be able to retain these two fine young baseball executives within our organization”, stated Naomi Silver, Chairman of the Board of Red Wings Management and the Rochester Red Wings, its parent company. “They did an outstanding job for us this past season and we are confident that they will be effective in their respective areas of responsibility. These are two individuals who have a good working knowledge of how a baseball organization should run, and they each have a genuine interest in providing the fans and sponsors of Muckdogs baseball with a quality experience. They will do what is necessary to grow this franchise.”
Both men will continue to work closely with Red Wings’ General Manager, Dan Mason. “I see real talent in these two gentlemen. They both know that it takes a lot of heart and a lot of hard work to make an organization a success. They have skills and a work ethic that is critical to our line of work, and they love their jobs. I think they both have very bright futures, and I am very pleased to be able to keep them both on our staff”, said Mason.
The Muckdogs front office will be launching a significant sales initiative this month in anticipation of a very positive public response following the capture of the New York Penn League Championship. Mr. Mason stated “An organization can wait years for the kind of success we had on the field in our first year running this team. The fan response has been really great. It is an exciting time in this franchise’s history, and that of this community. To have gone from the team almost disappearing to being the best in the League is incredible. Experience tells us that the year following a championship is always a big year and Travis and Casey are ready for that job.”