The Batavia Muckdogs and Miami Marlins today announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract through at least the 2016 season. A joint announcement was made by Marlins Farm Director Brian Chattin and Brian Paris, President of the Genesee County Baseball Club, the non-for-profit that owns the Batavia Muckdogs Franchise.
The existing Muckdogs-Marlins Player Development Contract expires September 30, 2014.
"The Genesee County Baseball Club is pleased to announce that we will be extending our working relationship with the Miami Marlins for two more years. The Marlins have proven to be a great organization that brings with them solid baseball experience and good people. They've been a first class organization to work with and we're fortunate to have them as our affiliate in Batavia. On behalf of the entire community and the Genesee County Baseball Club, we are anxious to get started with another year of professional baseball in Batavia," said Brian Paris President of GCBC.
"We're very pleased to see the working relationship between Batavia and the Miami Marlins extended. The Marlins 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," said Naomi Silver, President and CEO of Red Wings Management, LLC, the company which has managed the Muckdogs since 2008.
"The Miami Marlins are very excited to continue with our affiliation with the Batavia Muckdogs. With its rich baseball history, supportive front office and loyal fan base, Batavia is an ideal place for our players and staff to call home each summer," stated Brian Chattin of the Marlins. "The Marlins are proud to have Batavia as our player development partner and look forward to a long and productive partnership together."
The Muckdogs are one of seven affiliates in the Marlins' player development system, along with the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA/Pacific Coast League), Jacksonville Suns (AA/Southern League), Jupiter Hammerheads (Advanced A/Florida State League), Greensboro Grasshoppers (A/South Atlantic League), Dominican Summer League Marlins (Rookie) and Gulf Coast League Marlins (Rookie).