posted on September 18, 2012 12:55
The Batavia Muckdogs need to find a new Major League Baseball affiliate.
The St. Louis Cardinals – Batavia’s parent club since 2007 – signed Sunday with the State College Spikes for the 2013-14 seasons.
The Muckdogs have been run by the Rochester Red Wings since 2008 and have been for sale since 2010. The team averaged just 904 fans for 37 games at Dwyer Stadium which ranked last in the New York-Penn League. League leader Brooklyn averaged 6,553 in attendance.
Batavia is now one of three free agent NYPL teams including Aberdeen (formerly of the Baltimore Orioles) and Jamestown (Miami Marlins).
The Muckdogs are guaranteed to have a major league affiliate next season.
The Pirates reportedly have a deal with Jamestown, meaning the Miami Marlins could be the Muckdogs’ new parent club.
Travis Sick-- the General Manager of the Muckdogs -- says the organization’s entertainment experience will not be affected by the change.
“I don’t think who we’re affiliated with,” Sick said, “has too much to say on fans coming. We’re still going to have a great product here outside of the base paths and we’re going to continue to have a good time.”
Minor League Baseball implements a deadline of the end of September to partner with an affiliate. But Sick says he will know who the new parent club will be later this week or next week.