THANK YOU, FANS!

By Rochester Red Wings | September 4, 2018 1:09 PM

Dear Fans, 
 
On behalf of our front office, Board of Directors, manager Joel Skinner, his coaching staff and all our players, we want to say thank you for your incredible support of Red Wings baseball again this season. It was another season that provided a number of great memories on and off the field. 

Twenty-seven different players played for both the Red Wings and Minnesota Twins this season and many former Red Wings will continue to play a vital role for the Twins the rest of this year and next year. We were fortunate to host some players that will go on to have long and fruitful major league careers.
 
We look forward to hosting your family and friends again next season and creating some more lifelong memories. Until next year we hope that the memories of the majestic homeruns, walk off wins, diving catches, fireworks, ballpark cuisine, autograph appearances, running the bases with Spikes and Mittsy and more will help you survive the off season.

Thanks again for your support! We'll see you in 219 days on Opening Day, Thursday, April 11, 2019!
 
Best regards,

Naomi Silver (President, CEO & COO), Gary Larder (Chairman) & Dan Mason (General Manager)

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Red Wings Announce 2019 Schedule

2019 Home Opener set for April 11 vs. Lehigh Valley

By Rochester Red Wings | August 31, 2018 12:54 PM

The Rochester Red Wings have announced their 2019 schedule.

Rochester begins the 140-game season with seven on the road at Lehigh Valley (April 4-7) and Syracuse (April 8-10) before the Home Opener on Thursday, April 11 vs. the IronPigs. The first homestand of the season consists of six games with the IronPigs and Chiefs before the first off day on April 18. The Red Wings play Lehigh Valley or Syracuse the first 17 games of the year and play within the division the first 31 games through May 5. Rochester completes the campaign with a four-game series with Syracuse from August 30-September 2.

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The Wings will be on the road on July 4 for the first time since 2003 and will instead be home on July 3 vs. the Chiefs. The All-Star Break will go from July 8-10 with the festivities taking place in El Paso, TX.

The Red Wings are home on Mother's Day (May 12), Memorial Day (May 27), Father's Day (June 16) and Labor Day (September 2).

A whopping 47% (33 of 70) of the Wings home games fall on a weekend date (Friday, Saturday or Sunday).

The home schedule against division opponents features three series with Buffalo (May 21-23; May 31-June 2; August 19-22), two with Lehigh Valley (April 11-14; July 11-14), three with Pawtucket (April 26-28; May 24-27; June 28-30), three with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (April 22-25; June 24-25; July 31-August 1) and three with Syracuse (April 15-17; July 1-3; August 30-September 2).

All game times for the 2019 season will be announced at a later date.
 

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Vargas named 2018 IL Postseason All-Star

The Wings slugger leads the club in nearly every key offensive category

By Rochester Red Wings | August 28, 2018 2:46 PM

Rochester Red Wings first baseman Kennys Vargas has been named the designated hitter on the International League Postseason All-Star Team, the league office announced today.

Vargas is batting .234/.322/.415 with 19 doubles, 20 home runs, 67 RBI, 38 runs scored, 55 walks and 127 strikeouts in 122 games with Rochester this season.

He ranks third in the league in home runs and his 50 career homers as a Red Wing are second during the Twins era behind only Garrett Jones (81). Vargas is the team leader in hits, doubles, homers, RBI, runs and walks. He has 26 multi-hit games, one multi-homer game and 17 multi-RBI games, including a two homer, six RBI game in game one on May 25 vs. Buffalo.

Vargas has been on a roll lately, batting .396 (19-for-48) with five doubles, five homers, 16 RBI and seven runs scored in his last 13 games since August 14. Over that period, he leads the IL in RBI, slugging (.813) and OPS (1.285) while tying for the lead in home runs. He is the first Red Wing to be named the DH on the Postseason All-Star Team since Willis Otanez in 1998 and fourth since the current ballot format began in 1978.

This marks Vargas' third end-of-season All-Star selection, joining 2013 with Single-A Ft. Myers (Florida State League) and 2010 with the GCL Twins (Gulf Coast League).

2018 IL POSTSEASON ALL-STAR TEAM

  • Catcher: Danny Jansen, Buffalo Bisons 
  • First Baseman: Joey Meneses, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (League MVP and Rookie of the Year)
  • Second Baseman: Kevin Kramer, Indianapolis Indians 
  • Shortstop: Kevin Newman, Indianapolis Indians 
  • Third Baseman: Mitch Walding, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 
  • Outfielders: Brandon Barnes, Columbus Clippers, Rusney Castillo, Pawtucket Red Sox, Christin Stewart, Toledo Mud Hens 
  • Designated Hitter: Kennys Vargas, Rochester Red Wings 
  • Utility Player: Kean Wong, Durham Bulls 
  • Starting Pitcher: Cole Irvin, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 
  • Relief Pitcher: Pedro Beato, Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • Manager: Gary Jones, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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Wings fall 4-2 in season finale

DJ Baxendale and other players greeted fans at the gates on Fan Appreciation Day Monday.

By Nick Sciarratta and Collin Hetherington / Rochester Red Wings | September 3, 2018 3:16 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs scored a pair of 10th inning runs to defeat the Rochester Red Wings 4-2 Monday afternoon at Frontier Field in the season finale of the 2018 season.

 

Rochester took first inning lead for the fourth time in the last five games after Nick Gordon started a two out rally against Lehigh Valley starter Ranger Suarez. After drawing a walk, Gordon scored on a double from Post-season All-Star Kennys Vargas to put the Wings ahead 1-0.

Wings starting pitcher Chase De Jong kept the IronPigs scoreless until encountering trouble in the fifth. After hitting Zack Green to open the inning, a double and a sacrifice fly allowed by De Jong brought home Green to tie the game at 1-1.

19-year-old Victor Tademo made his Triple-A debut for the Red Wings and recorded his first career hit in the fifth inning after being recalled from Single-A Cedar Rapids on Sunday. Tademo finished the day going 1-for-4.

John Curtiss came on for De Jong in the sixth after the starter worked five innings. He allowed just one run on four hits while walking one and striking out six. De Jong threw 61 pitches, 43 for strikes.

Rochester threatened to take the lead back in the sixth after Zander Wiel tripled with one out before Suarez was able to retire Gordon and Jon Kemmer to end the inning.

Ryan Eades came on to pitch the seventh. Curtiss went one perfect inning while striking out a pair of IronPigs. The perfect inning was Curtis' third straight appearance without allowing a hit.

In his final start of the regular season, Suarez went 6.0 innings for Lehigh Valley allowing just one run on four hits while striking out three. He threw 64 pitches, 48 for strikes.

Heading into the ninth still tied at 1-1, Rochester brought in Ryne Harper after Eades went 2.0 innings allowing just two hits while striking out three.

In the bottom of the ninth, Vargas blooped a double to left field to put the tying run in scoring position. After an intentional walk to Jon Kemmer, Jordan Pacheco popped out. Jeremy Hazelbaker grounded out to send the game into extra innings.

Lehigh Valley went ahead in the 10th inning after a double by Zach Green brought home placed runner Danny Ortiz. The 'Pigs added a pair of insurance runs to take a 4-1 lead. Luke Bard came in to relieve Harper and escape further trouble. 

Alex Perez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to make the score 4-2. 

 

 

 

Winning pitcher: Casimiro
Losing pitcher: Harper
Save: none

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

1990 - Rochester beat Syracuse to set a franchise record with 89 wins in the regular season. The win was the Red Wings eleventh in their final twelve regular season games.

2005 - The Red Wings defeated rival Syracuse 5-1 Saturday in the final home game of the season. 12,251 fans witnessed starting pitcher J.D. Durbin allow just one run over seven innings of work. Josh Rabe's three-run home run in the first was all Durbin needed. Brian Buchanan and Garrett Jones led the second inning off with back-to-back singles before Rabe drilled a three-run homer into the visiting bullpen. The home run gives Rabe 11 for the season in just 88 games played. Buchanan added a two-run blast in the sixth inning, scoring Luis Rodriguez, giving Rochester a 5-1 lead.

2006 - With the 12,251 fans in attendance at Saturday nights final home game, the Wings' season attendance grew to 452,301 for the season (sixth highest in Red Wings history)...Red Barons pitcher Jeremy Cummings pitched a no-hitter, while the Scranton offense pounded out 16 hits in a 5-0 win over the Red Wings Sunday night at Frontier Field.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1926 - Buffalo's William "Big Bill" Kelly crushes his 41st home run of the year to add to his International League record for long balls in a season. He had surpassed the previous high of 34 (Red Wingo, Toronto, 1922) weeks earlier, securing his second IL home run title in three years. Days later Kelly would end the season with 44 homers to go along with his .330 average and 151 RBI, giving him the League's best RBI total for the 3rd straight season. Kelly's playing career ended in 1930, but he remained in baseball for over 20 more years in a variety of positions. In 1954 he was inducted into the IL Hall of Fame, recognized as the only man to play, manage, and umpire in the International League during his career.

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Wings celebrate "The Sandlot" on August 31

Chauncey Leopardi aka Squints will be in attendence

By Rochester Red Wings | August 14, 2018 10:22 AM

One of the best baseball movies of all time is turning 25 this year. On Friday, August 31 the Red Wings are hosting Salute to "The Sandlot" Night featuring an autograph/photo appearance from Chauncey Leopardi who played Squints in the film presented by AT&T, Jolly Time Popcorn and John Betlem Heating & Cooling. 

After the game is our annual Family Campout* presented by Meyer's RV Superstores and Dunkin' Donuts, where we will be showing the movie on the videoboard. 

Leopardi will sign autographs and pose for photos from 6:00 - 6:40 pm and again from 7:15 - 8:00 pm. Fans will need to purchase autograph and/or photo tickets for this appearance once inside the gates on August 31. The cost will be $10 for an autograph ticket, $10 for a photo ticket or $15 to get both an autograph and photo with Squints. 

Throughout the game, we'll be playing clips from the movie as well as some fun, themed in-game promotions.

Dress like your favorite character from "The Sandlot" - you might "catch" one of these awesome S Preston t-shirts or prints entitled "Squints' True Love." The t-shirt and print features Wendy Peffercorn and the magical summer of 1962.

Special thanks to S Preston Art + Designs, check out minimalist ballpark and mascot art, and plenty of other cool art at his website SPrestonDesigns.com

After the game, we'll have a post-game fireworks show courtesy of the Local Toyota Dealers.

BASEBALL EQUIPMENT DRIVE

Have some old baseball gloves, balls, bats, other gear? We will be holding an equipment drive on this night to benefit Baseball Miracles - a not-for-profit team of baseball and softball instructors who join together to teach boys and girls with economic and environmental disadvantages throughout the world. They strive to reach out especially to the youth who have never played the game. At no cost, Baseball Miracles provide instruction, gloves, bats, hats, shirts, and memories.

Currently, their greatest needs are gloves, baseballs and wiffleball equipment.

Red Wings Coach Mike McCarthy is heavily involved in the organization: "Baseball Miracles is a non-profit that helps underprivileged youth get baseball equipment and instruction. I've been blessed to grow through baseball as a player and coach but most important are the life lessons I have been taught. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our youth through the game of baseball as a member of Baseball Miracles."

*All fans planning to campout after the game can move their cars into the VIP parking lot after the game and at that point can bring in all tents, sleeping bags, etc. In the morning there will be an assortment of bagels and coffee from Dunkin' Donuts.

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Vargas tabbed IL Batter of the Week

The Wings slugger hit four home runs during the week

(Joe Territo joeterrito@hotmail.com)

By Rochester Red Wings | August 20, 2018 11:07 AM

Rochester Red Wings first baseman Kennys Vargas has been named the International League Batter of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Vargas batted .379/.419/.828 with one double, four homers, 11 RBI and four runs scored in seven games. He led the league in home runs, RBI, slugging and total bases (24) while ranking second in OPS (1.247). The switch hitter homered in back-to-back games on August 15-16 and August 18-19. He has now hit 49 career home runs with the Red Wings, passing Trevor Plouffe for sole possession of second place during the Twins era (since 2003).

For the season, Vargas is batting .229/.313/.404 with 15 doubles, 19 homers, RBI and 35 runs scored in 114 games. He is tied for second in the league in home runs.

Vargas is the first Rochester player to earn a league Player of the Week honor since Stephen Gonsalves on May 7 this season and the first Batter of the Week since Mitch Garver on July 10, 2017.

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Red Wings welcome 10 millionth fan to Frontier Field

(Joe Territo joeterrito@hotmail.com)

By Rochester Red Wings | August 12, 2018 12:04 PM

The Rochester Red Wings welcomed their 10 millionth fan of the Frontier Field era on Sunday afternoon.

Kaitlin Clementi from Greece, NY became the lucky fan. She was surprised on the field during a presentation in the 4th inning. Kaitlin received a Red Wings jersey, cap, 10 undated tickets and a single-game suite rental during the 2019 season as well as:

- 10 State Fair passes
- 10 Dairy Queen blizzards
- 10 soft touch car washes from Buckmans
- 10, 10 packs of Coca-Cola
- 10, 6 packs of Bud Light
- 10 cases of Genny or Genny Light
- 10 packages of assorted Zweigles's hots and sausages
- 10 tickets to the Strong National Museum of Play
- 10, 21 oz. bottles of Country Sweet
- 10 free frostys from Wendy's
- 3, $10 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods
- $25 gift card to Bill Gray's
- $25 gift card to Flaherty's
- $30 gift card to Caraglio's Pizza
- $50 gift card to the Beer Hall
- Gift basket from ESL Federal Credit Union.

All fans in attendance Sunday may also redeem their ticket to any remaining home date for the rest of the 2018 season for a ticket of equal or lesser value. The Red Wings will also be holding a ticket sale that will run from August 13-15 for all the great fans of Rochester. Fans will be able to use the promo code '10Million' to order two tickets for the price of one for either September 2 or September 3, the final two games of the season.

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Red Wings, Twins Extend Player Development Contract

Partnership, strong since 2003, runs through the 2020 season

(Joe Territo joeterrito@hotmail.com)

By Rochester Red Wings | August 1, 2018 2:22 PM

The Rochester Red Wings and Minnesota Twins have extended their player development contract for another two years through the 2020 season.

Rochester Red Wings President/CEO/COO Naomi Silver:
"We have had an excellent relationship with the Twins since 2003, and are pleased to announce the continuation of the affiliation for two more years. The Twins have regularly fielded winning teams here and our fans have had the benefit of seeing so many of our players advance to the Major Leagues. Members of Twins top management visit Rochester regularly, which gives us confidence that their Minor League system is of the utmost importance to them. We consider ourselves lucky that the Minnesota Twins respect and appreciate the strength of our organization, and we are glad to continue this partnership. We do everything we can to provide a great atmosphere for the players, and the Twins recognize that and the enthusiasm of our fans."

Minnesota Twins Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey:
"The Minnesota Twins have been blessed to partner with the Rochester Red Wings since 2003. In the last fifteen-plus years, we have forged a tremendous relationship with the Red Wings, the city of Rochester, Dan Mason, Naomi Silver, the Silver family, and Gary Larder. We are proud to count Naomi, Dan, and Gary as members of the Minnesota Twins family and the city of Rochester as an extension of Twins Territory. We are excited about what we can accomplish together moving forward."

Minnesota Twins Director of Minor League Operations Jeremy Zoll:
"We are extremely excited to extend our partnership with Rochester. Naomi, Dan, Gary, and the entire Red Wings staff have been phenomenal to work with making life easy on the Twins. We greatly appreciate the support that the city of Rochester has provided for the Twins and Red Wings and work hard to put a competitive product on the field each year. We value the strength and stability of our relationship with the Red Wings and are looking forward to continuing that through the 2020 season."

Red Wings Chairman of the Board Gary Larder:
"We do not take our choice of an affiliate lightly. We, of course, consider how well their players perform on the playing field but we also consider the character of the players whom they send to our city. We also consider how well their front office personnel interfaces with our office personnel in their many daily activities. We feel comfortable in saying that the Minnesota Twins are the best option for continuing as our Major League partner for the remainder of this decade."

The Red Wings were the only International League team to be above .500 from 2013-17. Rochester was at least 10 games over .500 each year while playing to a collective 392-326 record. Only Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had more wins in the league during that span. Across all full-season leagues in the minors, only one other franchise was at least 10 games over .500 each season from 2013-17 (Single-A Lancaster, California League).

Since the partnership began in 2003, Rochester has been at least .500 in 11 of 15 seasons entering 2018.

Minnesota's 25-man roster for last year's American League Wild Card Game at New York featured 22 former Wings and 13 played for Rochester during the 2017 season.

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Chris Colabello is the lone IL Most Valuable Player during the Twins-era, winning the award in 2013. Kevin Slowey was honored as the IL Most Valuable Pitcher in 2007, the lone recipient of the league award since 2003. A Red Wing has earned IL Rookie of the Year four times: Colabello in 2013, Randy Ruiz in 2008, Francisco Liriano in 2005 and Jason Kubel in 2004.

Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer are former Wings to earn an MVP award in the Majors during affiliation with Minnesota, though Mauer's only appearances with Rochester have come on rehab assignments. Morneau won American League MVP in 2006 while Mauer earned the award in 2009. Former Red Wing R.A. Dickey is the lone Cy Young recipient since 2003, taking home National League honors in 2012 with the New York Mets.

Rochester has two playoff appearances during the Twins-era, most recently in 2013 when the team secured the Wild Card on the final day of the season. The Red Wings made the Governors' Cup Finals in 2006 against Toledo but fell in a winner-take-all game five. The Wings became the first team in league history to win 80 games in back-to-back years and not make the postseason when the team did so in 2016-17. Rochester missed the playoffs last season on a tiebreaker.

Minnesota's Triple-A team has been in five different cities, including Rochester, since 1978. The top Twins farm club was previously in Toledo (1978-86), Portland (1987-93), Salt Lake (1994-2000) and Edmonton (2001-02) before affiliating with the Red Wings in 2003.

The Player Development Contract creates an affiliation between a Major League organization and the ownership of a Minor League franchise. The franchise ownership is responsible for assembling a front office and staff to manage all business aspects, including gameday activities such as ticket sales, promotions, broadcasting, etc. The MLB organization makes all decisions related to player development, including selecting the coaching staff and deciding which players to assign to the team.
 

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Thirsty Thursday Pre-Game Happy Hours

$2 beers and live music on SEVEN Thursdays in 2018

By Rochester Red Wings | February 28, 2018 11:20 AM

After last season's successful debut, the Red Wings will be hosting SEVEN Thirsty Thursday Pre-Game Happy Hours in 2018. Fans can enjoy $2 beers, live music and tailgate games out at the 10th Inning Bar down the third base line on June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 9, August 23 and August 30.

EVERY THURSDAY in 2018 the Red Wings will be suiting up as the Rochester Plates! Also, every Thursday is a College Day/Night. Students with a valid college ID can purchase a $10 reserved ticket which INCLUDES $5 Diamond Dollars that can be used for food or merchandise.

THIRSTY THURSDAY PRE-GAME HAPPY HOUR SCHEDULE:

JUNE 21 (7:05 game): $2 beers presented by Bud and Bud Light from 6-7 pm with live music from Rob Gioia.

JULY 5 (5:05 game): $2 beers presented by Genny and Genny Light from 4-5 pm with live music from Dallas Greene. ALL TICKETS ON JULY 5 are just $5. It is also our final Bark in the Park of 2018.

JULY 19 (7:05 game): $2 beers presented by Bud and Bud Light from 6-7 pm with live music from Genesee Saw. This is a doubleheader with gates opening at 4 pm. Genesee Saw will play from 4-5 pm and between games.

AUGUST 2 (12:35 game): $2 beers presented by Genny Light and Bud Light from 11:30 am -12:30 pm. There will be no live music on this date.

AUGUST 9 (7:05 game): $2 beers presented by Genny and Genny Light from 6-7 pm with live music from the Neil Van Dorn Trio.

AUGUST 23 (7:05 game): $2 beers presented by Bud and Bud Light from 6-7 pm with live music from Genesee Saw.

AUGUST 30 (7:05 game): $2 beers presented by Genny and Genny Light from 6-7 pm with live music from Dallas Greene.

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Red Wings, Turnbull team up for Military Salute

Fans can nominate a local military member to be honored on field

By Rochester Red Wings | March 13, 2018 11:31 AM

The Rochester Red Wings have teamed up with Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning to honor local veterans and active military members as part of the 7th Inning Military Salute in 2018.

The Red Wings will recognize a local military member, active or retired, on the field prior to the playing of God Bless America after the top of the 7th inning is over. Through the partnership with Turnbull, each person who is honored will receive two free premium tickets to that night's game, VIP parking and 25 Diamond Dollars, which is ballpark currency that can be used at the Red Wings Team Store, Ticket Office or concession stands.

For more information or to nominate an active military member or veteran please contact Travis Sick at (585) 454-1001 ext. 3042 or TSick@RedWingsBaseball.com.

The 2018 season begins Friday, April 6 when Rochester hosts Buffalo at 6:05 p.m. Single-game tickets for all 70 games, including Opening Day, are on sale now at RedWingsBaseball.com. The Ticket Office will open for the first time on Friday, March 23 for the 2nd Baseball's Back Bash.

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Wings offering tethered balloon rides on July 31

Call 454-1001 Monday morning (7/16) to make your reservation

By Rochester Red Wings | July 11, 2018 11:04 AM

For the first time ever, the Red Wings are offering tethered balloon rides courtesy of RE/MAX during our Tuesday, July 31 game (7:05 pm) giving fans a unique perspective of Frontier Field and the City of Rochester. 

There are only EIGHT, 10-minute rides available and they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 am MONDAY morning (7/16) by calling Eric at (585) 454-1001 ext. 3057. 

One ride will cost $50 and can include up to three people. Three tickets to the Red Wings game that evening is included in the price. The rides will start at 7:00 pm.

Fans will be asked to arrive at the balloon, located next to the VIP lot, 30 minutes before their reserved time.

The tethered rides are VERY weather-dependent, meaning that even a light wind could force the postponement of the rides. We do have a makeup date of August 22 in place should we need to postpone.

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Plates unveil new cap, jersey for August 23 game

New cap and jersey available in-store and online

By Rochester Red Wings | August 9, 2018 9:44 AM

The Rochester Plates debuted in front of a massive crowd of 13,167 people one year ago! Since then, Rochesterians from all over the world have bought the merchandise and worn in with pride.

On Thursday, August 23 the Plates will debut this brand-new cap and jersey combo signifying how much Rochester has "eaten up" the best alter ego in Minor League Baseball over the last year.

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The brand-new caps and jerseys are available for sale now both in-store and online at the Team Store. 

Like last year's game, the August 23 game will feature a different plate at each Frontier Field concession stand as well as a full slate of Plates-related in-game promos.

RED OSIER - Osier Plate: Seasoned baked potato, split and piled with sandwich size Red Osier beef smothered with cheese, hot sauce and diced onion.

Red Osier Plate Sandwich: Red Osier beef with cheese, meat hot sauce and died onions.

BIG RED BBQ - Que Plate: Baked beans and coleslaw with Big Red pulled pork piled on top. Add nacho crumbs, nacho cheese and sliced jalapeño.

HOMEPLATE - Homeplate: Two Cheeseburgers, meat hot sauce, diced onions, home fries and mac salad.

Trash Can: Chili, meat hot sauce, diced onion, home fries and mac salad.

BATTER UP - Chicken Finger Plate: Home fries and mac salad with three chicken fingers, meat hot sauce and diced onions piled on top.

MAMA MITTSY'S - Plate Calzone: Home fries and pepperoni wrapped in our fresh pizza dough and covered with meat hot sauce.

POP 'N' HOTS - Slugger Plate: French fries topped with a ½-pound Zweigle's hot dog, chili, grated cheddar and diced onion.

BLACK ANGUS GRILL - Buffalo Chicken Plate: Chicken cheesesteak atop fries and mac salad. Hot sauce, bleu cheese and diced onion on top.

SAY CHEESE! - Mac Plate: Mac 'n cheese with meat hot sauce and diced onions.

ICE CREAM PLUS - Compost Can: A cup of vanilla ice cream layered with brownie and chocolate chip cookie bits and topped with whipped cream and gummy worms.

'SUP DOG! - Plate Dog: Red hot dog on a bun. Meat hot sauce, diced onions, home fries and mac salad on top.

NACHO EVERYDAY NACHO - El Presidente Plato Burrito: Black beans, seasoned rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, crushed fresh fried potato chips and meat hot sauce.

ALTOBELLI DELI - Veggie Plate: Two veggie burgers on coleslaw and lettuce, topped with hummus and tomato.

 

PRE-GAME HAPPY HOUR

The game also features a Thirsty Thursday Pre-Game Happy Hour presented by Budweiser with $2 beers and live music from Genesee Saw!

Every Thursday home game is a College Night where students with a valid ID for only $10 can get a ticket to the game and 5 Diamond Dollars that can be used at any concession stand or the Team Store.
 

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Foley headlines Salute to Pro Wrestling Night Aug. 22

Bobblehead giveaway to first 1,000 fans (18 & older)

By Rochester Red Wings | June 11, 2018 3:06 PM

More hard-hitting than a tombstone pile driver delivered by The Undertaker...more entertaining than Chris Jericho getting over a pen and a clipboard as a gimmick...filled with as much drama as the Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels Iron Man Match...it's the Red Wings' first ever Salute to Pro Wrestling Night Wednesday, August 22. The event is presented by Airport Transmission and Cricket Wireless.

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR AUGUST 22 HERE

The highlights read like a super card of inter-promotional dream matches with:

* a special appearance by WWE Hall of Famer and New York Times best-selling author Mick Foley - who will sign autographs and take pictures with fans, and take part in a Pre-Game Live interview sure to be as entertaining and emotional as Mankind's "This Is Your Life" tribute to The Rock. Foley will sign autographs for fans in the concourse near the Red Wings Hall of Fame from 6 pm until 6:40 pm. He will throw out the first pitch, then sign for fans again from 7:05 until 8 pm. Fans will need to purchase an autograph/photo ticket once inside the gates on August 22. The cost will be $10 for an autograph ticket (comes with official event photo, or your item), $10 for a photo ticket or $15 to get both an autograph and photo with Mick. 

* the first 1,000 fans 18 and older will get a bobble head of Mick in one of the most controversial and unique bobble head sculptures ever, courtesy of Cricket Wireless and Airport Transmission (this giveaway should put a lot of butts in seats that night) 

* visit the Pop Roc table in the main breezeway for your chance to win an awesome prize from Pop Roc - comics, caffeine, culture and pro wrestling, 337 East Ave. downtown

* fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite pro wrestler for the chance to be part of special wrestling-themed on-field promotions including the Finger Poke of Doom, a two out of three falls thumb wrestling match with Foley, Name That Ring Entrance Tune, Paul Heyman Promo showdown, proof reading old Wrestling Observer newsletters to see who can find the most grammar and syntax errors (magnifying glasses provided), and more

* the greatest wrestling entrance themes of all time played for the Wings' walk-up songs

* storyline surprises that will rival Seth Rollins turning against his brothers in The Shield

* an undefined yet ultra-special role for Andrew "The Authority" Joseph, one of the original hosts of "The Pain Clinic" radio show

* the whole night will be more carefully thought out and crafted than any late 2000-early 2001 Monday Nitro episode you suffered through

 

It's true, it's true - pro wrestling takes over Frontier Field August 22. Smart marks stay home - the whole night will be kayfabe. Don't be one of those jabronis who waits to read about it later in the dirt sheets; order your tickets today for the greatest promotion night the baseball and wrestling worlds have ever seen. Salute to Pro Wrestling Night August 22....as the great Freddie Miller would say, "Don't miss it - beeee there."

 

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has produced some of the most memorable, spectacular moments in every pro wrestling promotion he has appeared in. He served as the General Manager of WWE Monday Night Raw from July 2016 through March 2017, and he and his family were the subjects of the WWE Network reality series, "Holy Foley." He has spent this summer criss-crossing the country with his sold out one-man show, "20 Years of Hell" commemorating his famous Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker on June 28, 1998.

Foley attended SUNY Cortland in the 1980's, has family in the Finger Lakes area, and is a noted consumer of Zweigle's hot dogs as well as a fan of the band Me and the Boyz. His son Dewey, currently a writer's assistant for the WWE, was a Red Wings media relations/online content assistant in 2014.

Foley is also a multiple-time New York Times best-selling author, and a noted philanthropist - supporting RAINN, Child-Fund International, and other causes. Foley has appeared on TV's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Robot Wars, Boy Meets World, Family Feud, and Celebrity Wife Swap. Foley's most recent book is Saint Mick: My Journey From Hardcore Legend to Santa's Jolly Elf, published in 2017.

 

 

 

Grant Anderson's special on-field co-host on August 22 will be Alicia Atout, creator and host of the music and wrestling blog AMBY and on-air talent for Impact Wrestling on Pop TV, and Smash Wrestling on Fight Network. Alicia's award-winning website AMBY hosts thousands of exclusive, in-depth, and fun interviews with mainstream and indie artists, wrestlers, actors, and more.

Check out Alicia's interview with Mick from October 2017:

 

 

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Red Wings Announce 2018 Hall of Fame Class

Garrett Jones, Joe "Poison" Brown join 97 other members

By Rochester Red Wings | May 10, 2018 10:54 AM

Former infielders Garrett Jones and Joe "Poison" Brown will be inducted into the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 30 before the Wings host Lehigh Valley at 7:05 p.m.

Garrett Jones - Jones becomes the third player in the Twins era to be elected, joining Howie Clark in 2015 and Jason Bartlett in 2016. Jones is 10th in Red Wings history with 518 career games and seventh all-time with 81 career home runs. He also ranks among Twins-era leaders in games (1st), hits (1st, 503), doubles (1st, 119), triples (6th, 11), home runs (1st), total bases (1st, 887), runs scored (1st, 282), RBI (1st, 326), walks (1st, 167), slugging (6th, .458) and OPS (10th, .776). Jones helped lead Rochester to the 2006 Governors' Cup Championship Series vs. Toledo as he batted .406 (13-for-32) with a double, three home runs, 10 RBI, one stolen base and seven runs scored in nine playoff games. In his final game as a Red Wing, Jones hit a walk-off three-run home run in the season finale on September 1, 2008 to beat Buffalo 9-6. He finished his career by playing 911 MLB games over eight seasons with the Twins, Pirates, Marlins and Yankees.

Joe "Poison" Brown - Brown, an International League Hall of Famer born in Buffalo, played over 1,500 games in 11 IL seasons from 1924-34 with seven different teams. He played with Rochester parts of five seasons from 1928-30 and 1932-33. His most productive stretch came with Rochester from 1928-30 as the Red Wings won three straight pennants and he batted .304 with 583 hits, 406 runs scored, 93 doubles, 39 triples, 20 home runs, 223 RBI and 53 stolen bases. Brown ranks among Red Wings career leaders in runs scored (3rd, 483), stolen bases (T-4th, 71) and hits (5th, 739). He likely ranks in the top 10 in several other categories, including games played, but his numbers vary in 1932-33 as he split those seasons with multiple teams in the IL.

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Buxton homers, Gonsalves deals in Wings 8-0 win Tuesday

(Joe Territo joeterrito@hotmail.com)

By Rochester Red Wings | August 14, 2018 9:26 PM

Byron Buxton hit a three-run homer and Stephen Gonsalves tossed six scoreless innings as the Red Wings flew past the Columbus Clippers 8-0 Tuesday night at Huntington Park.

Byron Buxton hit a three-run homer and Stephen Gonsalves tossed six scoreless innings as the Red Wings flew past the Columbus Clippers 8-0 Tuesday night at Huntington Park.

Buxton - who had played in just three games since July 14 due to a wrist injury - blew the game open with a line drive, three-run homer off Luke Eubank in the fifth inning in his first game off the disabled list.

The electrifying centerfielder - who also threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth inning - finished 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs.

Gonsalves continued his string of impressive starts, allowing just three runs and two walks over his 99-pitch outing. He's now 5-0 with a 1.27 ERA (9 ER, 63.2 IP) over his last 11 outings. Over that span, he's allowed just 34 hits!

Kennys Vargas got the Wings on the board with an RBI double in the first inning. He would add another RBI double in the fifth as he finished 3-for-4 with a double, walk and two RBI.

DJ Baxendale (2 IP) and John Curtiss (1 IP) cleaned up the last three frames for the Wings to secure the teams 10th shutout of the season.

The Wings and Clippers play the rubber game of the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 pm. Southpaw and Twins prospect Lewis Thorpe will make his Triple-A debut for the Wings after going 8-5, 3.58 ERA in 22 outings for Double-A Chattanooga.
 

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Wings drop series opener in Columbus Monday

Jon Kemmer collected three hits for the Wings

By Rochester Red Wings | August 13, 2018 10:33 PM

Jon Kemmer picked up three of the Red Wings six hits Monday in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Clippers in front of over 11,000 fans at Huntington Park.

Rochester (53-65) grabbed the early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Juan Graterol lifted a sacrifice fly to score Kemmer. 

Columbus tied the game at one in the fifth and moved ahead in the sixth of Wings starter Chase De Jong.

De Jong (0-2) - making his third start with Rochester since being acquired from Seattle for Zach Duke - went 5.2 innings, allowing both runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin made the rehab start for Columbus allowing just one run over four innings.

The Wings got the tying run to third base with two outs in the ninth inning, but Andy Wilkins struck out to end the game.

Nick Anderson relieved De Jong and kept the Red Wings in the game tossing 2.1 scoreless innings. 

The Wings and Clippers play Game Two of the three-game series Tuesday night. Rochester sends lefty Stephen Gonsalves (8-3, 3.15) to the mound opposite southpaw Ryan Merritt (1-1, 5.05).
 

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Wings outlast Knights for 3-2 win

Kaitlin Clementi of Greece was honored as the 10 millionth fan in Frontier Field history was honored on Sunday.

By Nick Sciarratta and Sean Clarke / Rochester Red Wings | August 12, 2018 3:06 PM

The Rochester Red Wings beat the Charlotte Knights 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field.

 

Charlotte struck first in the top of the second inning when Dustin Garneau hit an RBI single off Wings' starter Zack Littell to score Matt Skole, who reached on a double earlier in the inning, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead.

The Knights were threatening again in the top of the fourth with a runner on first but a diving catch in left by LaMonte Wade saved a potential run-scoring opportunity from Charlotte.

The Red Wings took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run shot to right field off Knights' starter Spencer Adams. Hazelbaker's homer also scored Andy Wilkins who reached base on balls in the previous at bat, making the score 2-1 Wings.

A solo home run by Jose Rondon in the top of the sixth tied the game 2-2.

Nick Gordon led off the bottom of the sixth for the Wings with a double to left field, and was advanced to third on a fly ball to deep right field by Willians Astudillo. After Wade reached on a base on balls, Jon Kemmer stepped up to the plate and hit a single to right, scoring Gordon and giving the Wings a 3-2 lead.

Jake Reed took the mound in the top of the seventh for the Wings, ending Littell's outing. Littell allowed five hits and one home run in 6.0 innings pitched, giving up two runs, both of which were earned, walking one and striking out seven on 94 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Adams' day was done for the Knights after 6.0 innings pitched, having given up five hits and one home run, earning all three runs he allowed, walking three and striking out 2 on 89 pitches, 56 of which were strikes. Rob Scahill took the mound in relief for Charlotte.

Reed threw 2.0 innings of relief for the Wings, allowing two hits and striking out two on 18 pitches, 15 for strikes.

Alan Busenitz pitched the ninth inning for the Wings, forcing a pop-up and striking out two to end the game.

The Red Wings were out-hit by the Knights 7-5.

 

Winning pitcher: Littell (4-5)
Losing pitcher: Adams (3-5)
Save: Busenitz (7)

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NOTES: RHP Kohl Stewart made his big league debut for the Twins Sunday afternoon in Detroit.

 

 

 

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

2001 - Eddie Grabito scored from second on Darnell McDonald's two out grounder in the eleventh inning to score the only run in Rochester's 1-0 victory over Pawtucket at Frontier Field. Grabito's run was Rochester's first in 34 innings.

2006 - Buffalo starter Hyang-Nam Choi (7-5) pitched 6.0 very strong innings and Bisons right fielder Jonathan Van Every went 4-for-4, as Buffalo defeated Rochester 6-2 Saturday night at Dunn Tire Park... Kevin West drove in the lone runs for Rochester.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1929 - Reading outfielder George Quellich caps off one of the most impressive streaks in IL history by blasting a grand slam against the Montreal Royals. The four-bagger is his 15th consecutive hit, a record that has never been bested at any level of professional baseball. During Reading's game against Toronto August 9, Quellich collected three hits in a row (a single, a double, and a home run). The next day against Montreal he went 6-6 with five singles and a homer, followed by two more home runs and two more singles the following day. He singles and hits the grand slam on August 12 before finally being retired in his third at-bat by Elam Vangilder. Immediately following the end of his incredible string, Quellich goes 13 for his next 18. For the year he hits .347 with 31 HR and 130 RBI. His only taste of the Major Leagues would come two years later with Detroit.

 

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Wings lose rubber game in Indy, 4-0, Thursday

The Wings scored just three runs over the three game series

(Joe Territo joeterrito@hotmail.com)

By Rochester Red Wings | July 26, 2018 9:02 PM

The Red Wings offense sputtered in a 4-0 road loss to the Indianapolis Indians Thursday night.

The Wings (45-55) mustered just three runs over the three-game series which they lost two games to one.

Indianapolis jumped on Wings starter Fernando Romero in the first inning as they plated three runs on RBI singles from Kevin Kramer and Rochester native Christopher Bostick.

Romero would settle down allowing just a Ryan Lavarnway homer the rest of the night as he went 7.2 innings allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk.

However, Indians starter Clay Holmes was better throwing seven innings of shutout baseball.

Andy Wilkins and Lamonte Wade picked up doubles for Rochester who went 0-for-7 with RISP

The Wings west division road trip continues Friday night in Louisville.

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Wings fall 3-1 Wednesday in Indy

Willians Astudillo hit his 8th homer in the loss

(Bare Antolos)

By Rochester Red Wings | July 25, 2018 9:58 PM

The Red Wings fell to the Indianapolis Indians, 3-1, Wednesday night from Victory Field in Indianapolis.

Rochester's lone run of the contest came off the bat of Willians Astudillo who was playing just his second game with the Wings since being optioned down by Minnesota.

His solo home run in the fourth inning tied the game, 1-1. Astudillo now has eight home runs this season after entering the year with a career high of four.

The Wings (45-54) used the Opener strategy for the second time in the last week as they started relief pitcher Gabriel Moya. He worked a scoreless first before turning things over to the original starter Kohl Stewart. 

Stewart suffered the loss allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. The Indians scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth frames.

Lamonte Wade collected two of the Wings five hits.

Tyler Duffey and John Curtiss each worked a scoreless inning of relief.

The Wings and Indians play the rubber game of the three-game series on Thursday night at 7:05 pm. Fernando Romero (2-2, 2.66) makes the start for Rochester opposite RHP Clay Holmes (6-3, 3.68). 
 

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Gonsalves guides Wings to 2-0 win Tuesday

The lefty has allowed just two runs over his last seven starts

(Joe Territo joeterrito@hotmail.com)

By Rochester Red Wings | July 24, 2018 9:52 PM

The Wings may have the hottest pitcher in all of baseball on their roster right now.

Stephen Gonsalves tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Red Wings to a 2-0 road win over the Indianapolis Indians Tuesday night, snapping the club's seven-game skid.

Over his last seven outings, Gonsalves has allowed just 2 runs on 19 hits! That shakes out to a 0.45 ERA and a batting average against of .146.

Perhaps most important for the southpaw was is command as he walked none on Tuesday after yielding five free passes in his last start. In fact over this ridiculous run, Gonsalves has walked five or more in three different starts.

The southpaw's string of six straight starts without allowing an extra-base hit was snapped in the 5th inning on a Jason Martin leadoff triple.

The offense was provided on RBI singles from Miguel Sano (1st inning) and Edgar Corcino (7th inning). Gregorio Petit and Lamonte Wade each recorded two-hit nights for the Wings.

DJ Baxendale escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the 8th inning and Alan Busenitz slammed the door in the final frame to earn the save.

The Red Wings (45-53) look to start a win streak on Wednesday when they send Kohl Stewart to the hill in Indianapolis. 
 

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Tides sweep Wings with 9-5 win

Trevor May delivers a first inning pitch Sunday. Photo: Joe Territo, RedWingsBaseball.com

By Nick Sciarratta and Collin Hetherington / Rochester Red Wings | July 22, 2018 4:03 PM

The Norfolk Tides beat the Rochester Red Wings 9-5 Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field, sweeping the five-game series. The Wings return home July 30 to open a series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees).

 

Reliever Trevor May got the start for Rochester and worked just one inning, with scheduled starter Zack Littell following May on the mound. In the inning, May allowed no runs on one hit while walking one and striking out one. He threw 22 pitches, 15 for strikes.

Rochester took the lead in the fourth against Norfolk starting pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis after Nick Gordon was hit by a pitch to open the inning. After Gordon stole second base with ease, Kennys Vargas moved him to third following a groundout to second base. With one away, LaMonte Wade gave the Wings a 1-0 lead with his second single of the game that brought Gordon home to score.

The Tides went ahead in the fifth after Littell loaded the bases to open the inning. Following a walk and a pair of singles, Breyvic Valera lifted a fly ball to right field that was dropped by Edgar Corcino which allowed for Norfolk to tie the game 1-1. DJ Stewart then gave the Tides the lead after a sacrifice fly brought Adrian Marin in to score, giving the Tides a 2-1 lead.

A pair of singles from Juan Graterol and Alex Perez in the bottom of the fifth allowed for Rochester to threaten. With one away, former Red Wing Sean Gilmartin was asked to work out of the jam. Yacabonis went 4.1 innings allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three. He threw 69 pitches, 46 for strikes. Gilmartin retired Gordon and Miguel Sano to end the inning.

Norfolk increased their lead after tallying three more runs in the seventh. After Cedric Mullins tripled with one out, Valera singled him home to increase the lead to 3-1. Two batters later, Pedro Alvarez belted an opposite field home run to put the Tides ahead 5-1. That ended the day for Littell as he was replaced by Nick Anderson. Littell went 5.2 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits while walking and striking out four. He threw 97 pitches, 66 strikes.

Anderson surrendered a solo home run to Jaycob Brugman in the eighth inning, giving the Tides a 6-1 lead.

Rochester plated a pair in the bottom half of the eighth after Jon Kemmer, who replaced Wade after being ejected in the sixth, doubled home Perez and Gordon to cut the Norfolk lead to 6-3.

Anderson was replaced by Gabriel Moya to begin the ninth. Anderson went 1.1 innings allowing one run on one hit while fanning one. Luis Sardinas hit an opposite field double off Moya with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, making the score 9-3.

Alex Perez knocked in a run in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI double to make it a 9-4 game, and an RBI double from Gordon brought the Wings to within four runs at 9-5.  

The Tides out-hit the Red Wings 11-9. 

 

Winning pitcher: Gilmartin (1-0) 
Losing pitcher: Littell (1-4) 
Save: none

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NOTES: LaMonte Wade was ejected by home plate umpire Adam Beck in the bottom of the sixth inning following a strikeout.

 

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

1933 - The Red Wings and Maple Leafs each took a victory in a doubleheader in Toronto. Rochester took the first loss 6-4, and Toronto took the second loss 4-2.

1988 - Pitcher Mark Bowden allowed one run and struck out 12 in 8.2 to gain his eighth victory of the season and lead Rochester to a 3-1 victory over Columbus at Silver Stadium. The win extended the Wings' lead over the Clippers for first place in the IL west to 3 games.

2005 - Good pitching and big hitting led the way as the Rochester Red Wings won the opener 8-2 over the Durham Bulls Friday night at Frontier Field. Terry Tiffee put the game out of reach in the first inning with a three-run double. Henry Bonilla pitched a quality game as well. The Wings offense stayed hot, and attacked Durham starter Chris Seddon (2-6) early. The Wings scored 5 runs and sent 6 batters to the plate before the first out in the first inning. Chris Heintz and Rob Bowen each had RBI singles in the first, and Tiffee provided the big blow, with a bases-loaded, bases clearing double, scoring 3 more, making it 5-0 and seemingly out of reach.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

2000 - In its fifth season, Victory Field in Indianapolis sets its single-game attendance record during a Saturday matchup against the Columbus Clippers, but the historic crowd of 16,168 is not sent home happy on this night. Despite a home run from star outfielder Lyle Mouton, the Indians fall 8-5 to their division rivals from Columbus. It would, however, be the Tribe fans that would get the last laugh in 2000, as Indianapolis went on to win the IL West and ultimately the Governors' Cup Championship.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1890- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (mom of JFK, RFK, and Ted), 1940- Alex Trebek (Canadian-American TV game host), 1992- Selena Gomez (American actress and singer)

IT HAPPENED THIS DAY

1926 - Cincinnati had four triples in an 11-run second inning as the Reds beat the Boston Braves, 13-1. Curt Walker hit two in the inning to tie an National League record.

1967 - The Atlanta Braves used a Major League record five pitchers in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The pitchers were Ken JohnsonRamon HernandezClaude RaymondDick Kelley and Cecil Upshaw.

2000 - Seattle's 13-5 win over Texas was interrupted for fifty-four minutes when a rainstorm drenched fans at Safeco Field and the $518 million stadium's roof wouldn't close because of a computer problem. The roof finally began closing about twenty minutes later.

NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY

1972- Bill Withers - "Lean on Me ", 2006-Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - "Promiscuous", 2010- Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg - "California Gurls"

 

 

 

 

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Wings blanked 4-0 Saturday night in Scranton

Kohl Stewart suffered the loss despite allowing just one run

(Joe Territo joeterrito@hotmail.com)

By Rochester Red Wings | July 14, 2018 9:21 PM

Kohl Stewart turned in his best start of the season at Triple-A, but the offense didn't provide any help as the Wings were blanked by the Scranton/WB RailRiders, 4-0, Saturday night in Moosic, PA. 

Stewart - after allowing five runs in each of his first two starts with Rochester this year - allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks over six innings.

The lone run off Stewart came off the bat of Mike Ford who hit a solo homer in the second inning.

The best chance the Wings had to break through on the scoreboard came in the 6th inning when Jordan Pacheco led off with a double. However, he wouldn't move from there as a pop out and two strikeouts ended the threat.

The RailRiders broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth scoring three runs off Tyler Duffey.

Rochester (43-45) got back-to-back walks with two outs in the 9th, but Jon Kemmer struck out to end the threat and the game.

Kennys Varags, Gregorio Petit, Taylor Motter and Pacheco collected the four hits for the Wings who lost for the first time since the All-Star break.

Nick Gordon left the game in the middle of his at-bat in the 6th inning with an apparent hand injury.

The Wings and RailRiders wrap up their four-game weekend set on Sunday at 1:05 pm. The rehabbing Ervin Santana will make the start for the Wings who can win the series with a victory.
 

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What's New at Frontier Field in 2018?

New manager, new netting, new food items and more

By Rochester Red Wings | March 29, 2018 9:45 AM

What's new at Frontier Field in 2018? Well, we're glad you asked.

Bark in the Park: We have a record FIVE dog days planned for 2018! New this year, fans will be able participate in a pre-game, on-field parade with their doggos and sit on the left field grass berm. More info here.

Chicken & Waffle Cones: Sure to be a fan-favorite, this combo of chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, honey mustard and syrup all served in a delicious waffle cone highlights a host of new food items at the ballpark! This particular item can be found at Batter Up.

Early Bird Pack: For the first time ever we're offering fans the opportunity to attend all April games for just $40 ($3.33/game). Click here to purchase.

Giveaway Guarantee Club: Want all of our giveaways, but can't make it to all of our games. We've started the Giveaway Guarantee Club where for only $100 fans will receive EVERY giveaway whether they attend the games or not!More info and to purchase a membership click here.

Jersey Auctions: We've partnered with Live Source to host all of our jersey auctions in 2018. Simply download the Live Source app on your smart phone, register and begin bidding! More info on how to get started here.

Joel Skinner: After three strong seasons under the guidance of Mike Quade, Joel Skinner has taken over the reins as Wings manager. Joel has spent some time in the International League as manager of the Buffalo Bisons and Charlotte Knights. More info on Joel here.

Military Salute: Prior to the playing of God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch, we will be honoring a local veteran or active military member. To nominate a hero contact Travis Sick at TSick@RedWingsBaseball.com. Also new in 2018, all veterans and active military members will receive 15% off in the Red Wings Team Store.

Netting: Per the strong recommendation of Major League Baseball and to ensure the safety of our fans, a 15-foot high net will run the length of each dugout.A mockup of the net and more info can be found here.

Pace of Play: Minor League Baseball has made a few rule adjustments with the intention of speeding up the pace of play. Of note, teams will only be allowed 6 mound visits per game, the pitch clock has been trimmed from 20 seconds to 15 seconds when no one is on base and during extra innings each team will begin each inning with a runner at second base. More info on these rule changes can be found here.

Promotions: It's nothing new that we have constructed an All-Star lineup of theme nights for the 2018 season, but we wanted to share a couple of the new ones: Renew Your Vows Night (May 18), Hop Bitters Fauxback Night (May 26), National Toy Hall of Fame Day (June 24), Salute to Groundhog Day Night (June 29), ROC the ROC Night (August 8) and Salute to The Sandlot Night (August 31). For a complete list of all promotions visit RedWingsBaseball.com/FUN!

#TAFTP: Every Thursday the Wings will become the Plates featuring special Plate options and those delicious jerseys! You won't want to miss our June 21 Duel of the Dishes against the Syracuse Salt Potatoes. You can also put August 23 on the calendar, more details to follow.

The Dugout: Located up the first base concourse, this new bar will include 15 brand new taps that will feature a powerhouse batting order of craft beers.

T-Shirt Tuesdays: Beginning May 15, every Tuesday we'll be giving away a different t-shirt! Check the Red Wings social accounts for designs.

Tickets for Opening Day and for the other 69 home games are on sale now at the Ticket Office or at RedWingsBaseball.com. The Home Opener once again features a 50-degree guarantee. If the temperature on the Frontier Field thermometer isn't 50 at some point during the game, each ticket can be exchanged for any Red Wings home game in April or May.

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Wings cruise to 9-1 win over Scranton Friday

Rochester pounds out 16 hits

By Rochester Red Wings | July 13, 2018 9:46 PM

Stephen Gonsalves turned in another strong start and the offense provided plenty of support as the Red Wings cruised to a 9-1 win over the Scranton/WB RailRiders Friday night at PNC Field.

After allowing just one run on two hits over 5.2 innings Friday, Gonsalves has now pitched to a 0.66 ERA (2 ER/27.1 IP) and allowed just 11 hits - all singles - over his last five starts. The southpaw's run of success has come immediately after yielding nine runs to this Scranton team on June 11.

The Red Wings got offense from all over the lineup as they pounded out 16 hits on the night. Leonardo Reginatto collected three different RBI singles all of which scored Zack Granite who went 3-for-4.

The Wings (43-44) also got home runs from Gregorio Petit - a two-run shot in the 5th - and Kennys Vargas -- a solo homer in the seventh. For Petit it was his first of the season, meanwhile Vargas collected his team-leading 13th long ball.

Petit would add a two-run single in the 9th as he finished with three hits and four RBI.

Meanwhile, in nine July games, Vargas is hitting .395 with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBI.

Taylor Motter, Petit, Granite and Reginatto each collected three hits.

The trio of Luke Bard, Jake Reed and John Curtiss combined to toss up 3.1 scoreless frames as the staff as a whole allowed just three over the minimum.

The Wings look to keep rolling in Game Three of the four-game set Saturday night. Righty Kohl Stewart (0-0, 8.18) will make his third start of the season for the Wings.
 

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Wings start second half with 2-1 win Thursday

Adalberto Mejia allowed just one run on three hits over six innings

By Rochester Red Wings | July 13, 2018 12:30 AM

The Red Wings ended their four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win Thursday in Scranton to start the second half of the season.

Adalberto Mejia turned in six strong innings and Nick Gordon provided two clutch, two-out hits to propel the Wings (42-44) to their first win since July 3.

Mejia allowed just one run on three hits as he picked up his fifth win of the season for Rochester.

Despite the win, Byron Buxton left the game in the middle of his at bat in the third inning with an apparent left hand injury.

The Wings took the lead on a two-out RBI single from Gordon in the 3rd inning. However, the RailRiders would answer back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame.

Gordon would deliver again in the seventh inning to put the Wings ahead for good.

The Wings got three scoreless innings of relief from Trevor May and Gabriel Moya to preserve the one-run win - Rochester's 14th of the season.

Rochester had lost their previous three games all in walk-off fashion to the IronPigs.

The four-game set continues Friday night from the Electric City at 7:05 pm. Southpaw Stephen Gonsalves (5-3, 3.86) gets the start for the Wings opposite fellow lefty Josh Rogers (6-6, 3.55)
 

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Groundhog Day: Wings fall in walk-off fashion for 3rd straight day

Fernando Romero was magnificent in seven innings of work

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By Rochester Red Wings | July 8, 2018 9:23 PM

The All-Star break is here and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Red Wings.

On Sunday, the Wings fell in walk-off fashion, 7-6, for the third straight day to the first-place Lehigh Valley IronPigs who extended their lead over the Red Wings to 9.5 games.

The Wings (41-44) have now lost four in a row and in all four games Rochester has held multi-run leads.

The Red Wings surrendered a 5-2 eighth inning lead on Sunday spoiling a magnificent start from Fernando Romero.

Romero allowed three hits in the first inning including a two-run homer to Mitch Walding, before retiring 19 of the final 20 batters he faced.

In total, he allowed two runs on four hits and no walks with six strikeouts over seven innings. Over the three starts since being optioned back from Minnesota he's allowed just three runs in 18.2 IP (1.45 ERA).

The Wings grabbed the early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Kennys Vargas in the first inning. Vargas is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with seven extra base hits and nine RBI in July.

Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, Leonardo Reginatto gave Rochester the lead back with a two-run homer to left - only his second of the season and 15th over his 10-year minor league career.

The Red Wings got two-out RBI hits from Nick Gordon and Lamonte Wade in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 5-2.

But, the IronPigs would score a run in the eighth and then Danny Espinosa hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth off John Curtis to tie the game and send it to extras.

Vargas gave the Wings a lead in the 10th with an RBI single, but the IronPigs would get a two-out, two-run double from Joey Meneses in the bottom of the inning sending the 'Pigs to the 7-6 win.

After the three-day All-Star break, the Wings resume the second half on Thursday against Scranton/WB in Moosic, PA. The Red Wings return to Rochester on Monday, July 16 to open an eight-game, seven-day homestand.
 

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Wings fall in walk-off fashion for second straight day Saturday

Kennys Vargas hit his team-leading 12th homer of the season

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By Rochester Red Wings | July 7, 2018 9:56 PM

For the second consecutive night, the Red Wings fell in walk-off fashion.

On Saturday, Logan Moore lifted a fly ball to deep left field with the bases loaded and no outs in the 11th inning to plate the winning run in a 4-3 IronPigs win at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA.

The Wings (41-43) failed to score in both extra frames with the "ghost runner" at second base as they fall 8.5 GB of first place Lehigh Valley.

Kennys Vargas gave the Wings the lead with a two-run homer in the sixth inning - his team-leading 12th of the season. Since the calendar flipped to July, Vargas is 10-for-26 (.385) with three homers and seven RBI.

The IronPigs would tie the game off DJ Baxendale in the seventh on a Ryan Goins RBI single and an RBI fielder's choice by Mitch Walding.

Zack Littell deserved better than the no decision, going six innings allowing just one run on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. 

Gregorio Petit gave the Wings a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single, but Petit would leave the game after a base hit in the sixth inning with an apparent injury.

The Wings wrap up the first half of the season at 1:35 Sunday for the season finale. Fernando Romero (2-1, 1.93) makes the start for Rochester opposite RHP Tom Eshelman (1-7, 6.28).

WINGS THINGS: The Wings added OF Jon Kemmer to the roster on Saturday. He was hitting .254 with 13 homers and 44 RBI for Fresno in the Pacific Coast League prior to being acquired by the Twins. To make room for Kemmer on the roster, DH/1B Chris Carter was released. Carter hit just .187 with Rochester with 7 homers in 36 games…The Wings are now 5-7 in extra inning games this season.
 

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'Pigs walk-off Wings in the 10th Friday

Rochester loses for just the fourth time all season when scoring 4 or more runs

By Rochester Red Wings | July 6, 2018 10:31 PM

The Red Wings lost a back-and-forth affair, 7-6, in 10 innings Friday night against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown, PA.

The Wings scored a run in the top of the 10th on a sac fly from Gregorio Petit, but the 'Pigs scored two on a one-out bases loaded dribbler up the third base line from Matt McBride. Leonardo Reginatto fielded the dribbler and threw it away at home allowing the tying and winning runs to cross.

Rochester (41-42) falls 7.5 GB of the first-place IronPigs as they lose a game when scoring four or more runs for just the fourth time all season.

It was a see-saw battle all night long.

Lehigh Valley answered a first inning Red Wings run with two of their own courtesy of a Collin Cowgill home run.

The Wings would answer right back with solo homers from LaMonte Wade in the second and Nick Gordon in the third to pull ahead, 3-2. Lehigh Valley left-handed starter Cole Irvin had allowed just one homer to a left-handed batter all season coming into Friday's contest.

Rochester tacked on a run in the fifth on a Petit RBI single to extend the lead to 4-2. But the lead wouldn't last the inning, as the 'Pigs hung a three-spot in the bottom half capped by ex-Wing Danny Ortiz's solo homer.

The see-saw affair continued as the Red Wings answered right back with a two-out RBI single from Juan Graterol in the top of the sixth to knot the game at 5-5.

The game would remain that way to the 10th as both bullpens kept the offense at bay.

In the 10th, Alan Busenitz allowed a walk and hit a batter that loaded the bases. The weak dribbler up line off the bat of McBride came on an 0-2 pitch.

Kohl Stewart made his second start of the year for the Wings and allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks. 

With his 2-for-3 night, Wade extended his hitting streak to nine games over which he's hitting .394 (13-33) with six extra base hits, two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored.

Game Two of this three-game set is Saturday night with a 6:35 first pitch from Allentown. The Wings send right-hander Zack Littell (1-3, 3.00) to the hill opposite RHP Drew Anderson (5-3, 4.15).

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PawSox rally to top Wings

A view from left field of Wednesday night's packed house. Photo: Joe Territo, RedWingsBaseball.com

By Nick Sciarratta and Collin Hetherington / Rochester Red Wings | July 4, 2018 9:30 PM

The Pawtucket Red Sox rallied in the ninth inning to defeat the Rochester Red Wings 6-5 Wednesday night at Frontier Field, before a July 4th crowd of 11,898. The teams will play again Thursday with a special 5:05 p.m. start; all tickets are just $5 and it's the final Bark in the Park canine promotion.

 

Pawtucket threatened in the first inning against Wings starting pitcher Stephen Gonsalves but couldn't push across a run after he allowed the first two batters to reach base safely. Following a single and a walk, Gonsalves worked a flyout and then got Adam Lind to ground into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.

After retiring 11 consecutive batters to begin the game, Pawtucket starter Jaylen Beeks allowed two runs in the fourth. Following a two-out single from Gregorio Petit, a home run that left the park at 114 miles per hour off the bat of Kennys Vargas gave Rochester a 2-0 lead. It was the 11th homer of the season for Vargas, tops on the team.

The power continued for Rochester in the fifth after Cameron Rupp lifted a ball that carried over the left-field fence to increase the Wings lead to 3-0. The homer was Rupp's third with the Wings.

Beeks was replaced by Fernando Rodriguez after allowing a single to LaMonte Wade in the sixth inning. Beeks allowed three runs on five hits while striking out eight. He threw 91 pitches, 58 strikes.

Following the shaky first inning, Gonsalves retired 14 of the last 16 batters that he faced. He was replaced by Nick Anderson to begin the seventh inning. Gonsalves went 6.0 innings allowing no runs on three hits while walking one and striking out six. He threw a season-high 104 pitches, 68 for strikes.

In the eighth, Anderson surrendered a two-run home run to to Mike Miller that sailed over the right field wall, cutting the Rochester lead to 3-2. John Curtiss came on with one out in and one on in the inning. Curtiss set down two of the three batters he faced to preserve the 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Wade drilled a triple to score Byron Buxton and push the lead to 4-2. A sacrifice fly from Petit plated Wade to make the score 5-2.  

Anderson allowed two runs over 1.1 innings pitched while recording a pair of strikeouts. Curtiss walked batters in each of his two innings, and loaded the bases in the ninth inning - before Rusney Castillo delivered a pinch-hit two-run single to bring the PawSox back within a run at 5-4. After a mound visit from pitching coach Stu Cliburn, Tzu-Wei Lin knocked in a pair of runs with a single to give Pawucket the lead for the first time in the game. That prompted an exit by Curtiss in favor of Jake Reed; Curtiss had been a perfect 8-for-8 in save chances coming into the game; Reed fanned Kyle Wren with two runners on to send play to the bottom of the ninth. 

The PawSox out-hit the Wings 8-6. 

 

Winning pitcher: Rodriguez (3-1)
Losing pitcher: Curtiss (2-2) 
Save: Brasier (12) 

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NOTES: LHP Adalberto Mejia has been optioned to the Red Wings and is the scheduled starter for Thursday's 5:05 p.m. game... LaMonte Wade increased his hit streak to eight games after a sixth inning single...In the top of the ninth inning, a gorilla - or a human dressed as a gorilla - jumped on the field and ran from the left field corner across the outfield to the right field berm, then disappeared in the grounds crew area.  

 

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

1980 - The Red Wings had 19 hits in their 14-2 pummeling of the Charleston Charlies. Larry Jones allowed two runs in a complete game effort during the victory.

2005 - The Red Wings bats came out to celebrate on Independence Day, and the Wings defeated the first place Buffalo Bisons 7-3 at Frontier Field Monday night. Kevin West led the Wings going 2 for 4 with a three-run home run. Ricky Barrett pitched well in his first start of the season, starting in the place of the injured J.D. Durbin. Barrett went 4 innings, allowing only two hits, and one run, striking out 6. Henry Bonilla (4-2) came in relief as well, going 4 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs and striking out 5.

2006 - Jason Tyner had three hits and three runs scored and Tommy Watkins hit a three-run home run, part of a 15-hit offensive outburst in the Red Wings' 10-6 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox Tuesday night at Frontier Field.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1932 - Barely one month after becoming the third player in League history to hit four homers in a single game, Baltimore's Buzz Arlett does it again! Known as the "Babe Ruth of the Minors", Arlett, a former pitcher, is in his first season in the IL after 13 years in the Pacific Coast League. The PCL's all-time home run king crushed four homers on June 2, 1932 to lead the Orioles to a 14-13 win over Reading. Then on Independence Day, he again victimizes the Keys for four long balls - three coming left-handed, while the fourth is a grand slam from the right side of the plate. Arlett dominated IL pitching in 1932 to the tune of a .339 average with 54 HR, 144 RBI, and 141 R. He would retire in 1937, having played just one season in the Majors. In 1984, the Society for American Baseball Research named Arlett the "Most Outstanding Player in Minor League History".

BORN ON THIS DAY

1929- Al Davis (NFL Team Owner), 1979- Steve Rucchin (NHL Center) , 1983- Andy Mrotek (American Musician)

IT HAPPENED THIS DAY

1916 - Ernie Koob of the St. Louis Browns went the distance in a 17-inning 0-0 tie with the Boston Red Sox. Carl Mays went the first fifteen innings for the Red Sox and Dutch Leonard finished.

1968 - Hank Aaron got his 500th home run off Mike McCormick as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.

1970 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds scored on Jim Hickman's 12th-inning single after bowling over Cleveland's Ray Fosse at home plate to give the National League a 5-4 victory over the American League at Riverfront Stadium.

NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY

1980- Phil Collins - "Sussudio", 2003- Clay Aiken - "This Is The Night", 2007- Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - "Umbrella"

 

 

 

 

 

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Wings slug their way to 6-2 win Monday

Rochester ties season-high with four homers

By Rochester Red Wings | July 2, 2018 9:10 PM

The Red Wings launched four homers against rehabbing Boston starter Drew Pomeranz as they slugged their way to a 6-2 win Monday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

Rochester has now won 12 of their 19 games to even their record at 40-40 on the season.

Byron Buxton got the homer parade started with a leadoff shot to DEEP left field. Three batters later, Kennys Vargas extended the Wings lead to 3-0 with a two-run shot - his team-leading 10th of the season.

Edgar Corcino joined the fun in the second inning with a two-out solo shot - his first as a Red Wing this year - and LaMonte Wade finally bounced Pomeranz from the game with a long homer to right in the third inning that gave Rochester the 5-2 lead.

The Wings last four homer game came May 25 vs. Buffalo. The last time the Wings homered five times in a game was nearly two years ago on July 28, 2016 at Pawtucket.

Rochester entered the day 13th out of the 14 team International League in home runs hit and have now hit 35 of their 52 homers (67%) away from Frontier Field this year.

DJ Baxendale made the spot start for Rochester after Zack Littell, the scheduled starter, was summoned up to Minnesota earlier in the day. Baxendale went 3.0 innings allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Luke Bard followed Baxendale and turned in three scoreless innings to earn the victory.

Jake Reed and John Curtis combined to navigate the final three innings without yielding a run.

The Wings are now 6-1 against the Paw Sox this season.

Game two of this short two-game series in Pawtucket is Tuesday night. Righty Fernando Romero (1-1, 2.33) gets the start for the Red Wings.

WINGS THINGS: Dating back to the beginning of 2017, the Wings have won 9 of their last 11 games at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket…The leadoff homer for Buxton was his 7th in 77 games with the Red Wings…Prior to the game, Buxton was officially optioned to Rochester.

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8th is great for Wings

Rupp, Gordon key late rally for win

Kohl Stewart fanned six in 6 innings Sunday. Photo: Joe Territo, RedWingsBaseball.com

By Nick Sciarratta and Collin Hetherington / Rochester Red Wings | July 1, 2018 3:48 PM

Cameron Rupp's eighth inning homer tied the score, and Nick Gordon's single delivered the winning run as the Red Wings beat Lehigh Valley 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. The game was played in stifling mid-90 degree temperatures. After two games in Pawtucket, the Wings will return home to host the PawSox at 7:05 p.m. on July 4th

 

In the second, Rochester used three base hits and a pair of IronPigs errors to take an early 3-0 lead against starting pitcher Cole Irvin. Following a leadoff double from Kennys Vargas to open the inning, a triple from LaMonte Wade scored Vargas, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead. Lehigh Valley shortstop Dean Anna then dropped a fly ball off the bat of Chris Carter, allowing Wade to cross home and give the Wings a 2-0 lead. The last run of the inning came on a fielder's choice from Byron Buxton, allowing for Carter to score and give increase the lead to 3-0.

Lehigh Valley answered back in the third against Rochester starter Kohl Stewart, who was making his season debut for the Wings after his promotion from Double-A Chattanooga. After allowing a pair of base hits with two outs, Damek Tomscha singled against the defensive shift allowing for both runs to score, cutting the Rochester lead to 3-2.

The IronPigs took the lead in the fourth after Joey Meneses doubled to open the frame. After moving to third on a groundout, Meneses scored on a sacrifice fly from Matt McBride to tie the game at 3-3. . After Stewart allowed three consecutive two-out singles, Danny Ortiz scored to give Lehigh Valley a 4-3 lead.

In the fifth, Tomscha blasted a solo home run against Stewart to increase the IronPigs lead to 5-3.

Rochester tied the game in the sixth after Vargas doubled to lead off the inning. With one out, Vargas scored on a ground rule double from Carter, cutting the IronPigs lead to 5-4. Irvin was then chased from the game and in relief, Hoby Milner walked Rupp to put a pair on. The runners moved into scoring position following a wild pitch and Carter scored after an RBI groundout from Leonardo Reginatto to tie the game at 5-5. The run was charged to Irvin who went 5.1 innings allowing five runs on six hits. He threw 88 pitches, 64 for strikes.

Stewart's debut ended after 6.0 innings. He allowed five runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out six. Stewart threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes.

Nick Anderson took over for Rochester to begin the seventh and allowed a go-ahead home run to Alexi Amarista on the first pitch of the inning, giving Lehigh Valley a 6-5 lead.

The Wings answered back and took the lead in the eighth after Rupp lifted a 441-foot solo home run against Tom Windle, tying the game at 6-6. With two outs, Gregorio Petit struck out but reached first after a wild pitch. After a single from Buxton, Gordon recorded an RBI single to score Petit to give Rochester the lead 7-6.

Anderson went 2.0 innings allowing one run on one hit while striking out two. He was replaced by Alan Busenitz to begin the ninth inning, and Busenitz worked around a lead-off single to set down the side and preserve the win.

Winning pitcher: Anderson ((5-1)
Losing pitcher: Windle (6-3)
Save: Busenitz ( 3)

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NOTES: Byron Buxton went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Jorge Polonco did not play today as part of their MLB Rehab assignments.

 

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

1933 Fritz Ostermueller recored his thirteenth victory of the season as the Red Wings won the first game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs came back and won the second game from the Wings 7-4.

1976 - DH Jim Fuller hit a two out, three run homer in the fifth inning to help the Red Wings to a 6-1 victory over the Sky Chiefs in Syracuse. The win, which was Rochester's 10th in a row, put the Wings into 1st place in the International League standings for the first time since May 3rd.

2005 - The Louisville Bats got out ahead and never looked back Friday night at Frontier Field, defeating the Red Wings 6-2. Terry Tiffee led the Wings' attack going 3 for 4 with a solo home run and a pair of singles. RHP Travis Bowyer currently leads the International League Rolaids Relief Man standings with 55 points (Columbus RHP Scott Proctor is second with 48 points). No Red Wings pitcher has ever won the Minor League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year or the IL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award.

2006 - Jason Michaels' solo homer was the go-ahead run to help the Buffalo Bisons beat the Rochester Red Wings. Glenn Williams had two hits and an RBI for the Red Wings.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1967 - Jim Palmer allows the only grand slam of his professional career while rehabbing a back injury with Rochester. The game, originally scheduled for Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium, is moved to Niagara Falls due to racial disturbances on Buffalo's east side. Staked to an early 7-0 lead, Palmer runs into trouble in the 3rd when he loads the bases. Red Wings manager Earl Weaver stomps out to the mound and orders Palmer to throw a strike to the next hitter, who he says is "nothing". The next hitter happens to be Bisons catcher Johnny Bench, who promptly deposits the ball over the fence. Palmer is livid at Weaver, igniting a feud between the two that continued for years after Weaver took over as manager of the parent Orioles in 1968. Rochester hangs on to win, 10-8. Palmer, Weaver, and Bench all went on to Hall of Fame careers in the Major Leagues.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1925- Art McNally (American sports referee) , 1961- Diana Spencer (Princess of Wales), 1985- Chris Perez (American MLB reliever)

IT HAPPENED THIS DAY

.1910 - White Sox Park opens with a 2-0 loss to the Browns. The stadium, which becomes known as Comiskey Park, cost $750,000 to build. The stadium will be the oldest in baseball when it is closed in 1990 and replaced by a new structure called Comiskey Park

1916 - At age 42 years and four months, Honus Wagner is the oldest player to hit an inside-the-park home run. He connects for the Pirates in the fourth inning at Cincinnati.

1951 - Bob Feller pitches the third no-hitter of his career, tying the record of Cy Young and Larry Corcoran, as he beats Detroit's Bob Cain 2-1.

NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY

2000-Enrique Iglesias - "Be With You ", 2004- Usher - "Burn", 2012- Carly Rae Jepsen- "Call Me Maybe"

 

 

 

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Losing streak hits eight with 10-3 loss Monday

By Rochester Red Wings | June 11, 2018 9:03 PM

The Red Wings home woes followed them on the road Monday night as they suffered their eighth straight loss with a 10-3 setback against the Scranton/WB RailRiders.

The eight straight losses is the Wings longest losing streak since 2014. However, that team in 2014 would bounce back to win the next seven straight.

The RailRiders jumped out early against Wings start Stephen Gonsalves putting four runs on the board in the first inning.

Chris Carter hit his fifth homer for Rochester in the second inning to cut into the lead, but Scranton would score the next five which included homers from Billy McKinney and Ryan McBroom.

Gonsalves (4-3) suffered the loss allowing nine runs on nine hits and five walks over four innings.

LaMonte Wade collected his first two Triple-A RBI with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Wade and Carter each collected two hits for the Red Wings.

Rochester (28-31) looks to right the ship on Tuesday night in Scranton with a doubleheader scheduled in the Electric City. Aaron Slegers (5-3, 3.43) and Gabriel Moya (0-0, 2.11) are the expected Wings starters.

WINGS THINGS: The Wings entered play Monday with the best road record in the league at 18-9…Twins star Joe Mauer is expected to play at least one of the twin bill games for the Wings on Tuesday.
 

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Bulls sweep Wings with Sunday win

LaMonte Wade singled in the 4th inning for his first Triple-A hit. Photo: Caitie Ihrig, RedWingsBaseball.com

By Nick Sciarratta and Sean Clarke / Rochester Red Wings | June 10, 2018 4:00 PM

The Durham Bulls beat the Rochester Red Wings 6-1 Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field, sweeping the three-game series. The Wings will return home on Tuesday, June 19 for a six-game homestand that includes an appearance by former Bills kicker Scott Norwood, and Batman Night with "Gotham" star David Mazouz.


After two scoreless innings, Durham put the first run on the board in the top of the third after Wings starter Zack Littell walked Brandon Snyder with the bases loaded, scoring Micah Johnson and giving the Bulls a 1-0 lead.

Durham extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning with a three-RBI double from Andrew Velazquez.

The Wings got their first run of the day in the fourth inning, when Wynston Sawyer hit a sacrifice fly to center field off Bulls starter Chih-Wei Hu. The sac fly scored LaMonte Wade from third to make the score 4-1.

Tyler Duffey took the mound for the Wings in the top of the fifth, meaning Littell's day was over after 4.0 innings pitched having thrown 86 pitches, 48 of them for strikes, and giving up four runs, all earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out three.

Colin Poche came on in relief in the sixth inning for the Bulls, ending Hu's day. Hu struck out two on 70 pitches, 42 for strikes, while giving up only one run on four hits and two walks.

Durham added two more runs to their lead in the top of the seventh after a fielding error allowed Nick Ciuffo to score, and a single by Micah Johnson off of Nick Anderson brought Jeremy Hazelbaker home to put the Bulls up 6-1.

Alan Busenitz set down all six batters he faced in relief, all on groundball outs.

 

The Bulls out-hit the Red Wings 9-5.

Winning pitcher: Hu (2-5)
Losing pitcher: Littell (1-2)
Save: none

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NOTES: OF LaMonte Wade singled in the fourth inning for his first Triple-A hit. He also walked twice Sunday, his second game since being promoted from Double-A Chattanooga.

 

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

 1976 - Rochester outlasted the Charleston Charlies in a 14 inning 9-8 victory. The game finally ended when Kiko Garcia scored on a Taylor Duncan RBI single in the bottom of the 14th. Manager Joe Altobelli was forced to use 18 of his 21 players, including seven pitchers, throughout the course of the game.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1926 - The Baltimore Orioles, champions of the International League for seven straight seasons, get a big win over Syracuse thanks to the Orioles' talented infield. Second baseman Heinie Scheer and shortstop Joe Boley turn a double play in six consecutive innings against the Stars. The Baltimore infield executes a twin killing in each frame from the 3rd to the 8th to lead the Orioles to victory. Despite fielding another very talented team in 1926, Baltimore would not be able to continue its run of League Championships. The Orioles finished 101-65 - an impressive record, but 8.0 games behind pennant-winning Toronto.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1922- Judy Garland (American actress, Wizard of Oz), 1951- Dan Fouts (NFL Quarterback), 2001- Sasha Obama (daughter of President Barack and Michelle Obama)

IT HAPPENED THIS DAY

1972 - Hank Aaron hits his 14th career grand slam, tying Gil Hodges's N.L. record, as the Braves defeat the Phillies 15-3. It is career home run 649 for Aaron, enabling him to pass Willie Mays for second place on the all-time list. 

1981 - Phillies first baseman Pete Rose singles off Nolan Ryan in the first inning to tie Stan Musial as the N.L.'s all-time hit leader with 3,630, then strikes out in his next three at-bats. Rose's single is the only hit off Ryan until the eighth inning, when Philadelphia scores five times for a 5-4 win over Houston.

NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY

1948- Nat King Cole, "Nature Boy ", 1972- Sammy Davis Jr., "The Candy Man ", 2004- Usher, "Burn"

 

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Vargas slugs Wings to fourth straight victory

First baseman goes 2-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI

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By Rochester Red Wings | April 16, 2018 9:09 PM

The story of Monday night's 6-3 win over the Charlotte Knights - the Wings 4th straight victory - was Kennys Vargas .

The Red Wings first baseman - who entered the night with only three hits (all singles) over the first six games - broke out going 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI while hitting the ball to at least the warning track in his first four plate appearances. 

Vargas gave the Wings a 1-0 lead with a sac fly to deep center that scored Zack Granite in the first inning. He then doubled off the wall in center in the third setting up the Wings second run of the night.

After Charlotte had tied the game at two, Vargas gave Rochester the lead back with a long solo homer to right center field off Knights starter Dylan Covey in the fifth frame.

With the bases loaded an inning later, he would provide some insurance with a long drive to center that was tracked down at the warning track for his second sac fly of the game.

Tyler Duffey made the lead stand as he picked up the win in relief throwing 3.2 scoreless innings for Rochester. Duffey allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out six Knights hitters.

In eight innings of relief work this season, the Texan has yielded zero earned runs, two hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts over eight innings.

Twins prospect Fernando Romero made his first start for the Wings allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. 

The Knights loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but John Curtiss got Charlie Tilson to ground out, before striking out Jose Rondon to end the game.

The Wings won despite going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and leaving 12 stranded on the base paths.

Rochester looks to make it five straight wins on Tuesday night in the Queen City. The Red Wings will send lefty Dietrich Enns to the mound opposite right-hander Chris Beck.

NOTES: Wings skipper Joel Skinner managed the Charlotte Knights from 2012-2015 posting a 285-290 mark…The Wings hit four sacrifice flies in the victory…Ex-Wing Daniel Palka went 1-for-3 with a bloop double and two runs scored. Palka slugged 24 homers in 138 career games for the Wings over the last two seasons.
 

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Sunday's game has been game postponed

Monday's game vs. Chiefs moved to 5:35 pm

By Rochester Red Wings | April 7, 2018 1:10 PM

Today's Rochester Red Wings game scheduled for 1:05 p.m. with the Buffalo Bisons has been postponed due to snow and cold.

All three of this weekend's games will need to be made up as doubleheaders later on this season. Those dates are to be determined.

Tickets to Sunday's game may be exchanged for any remaining home date this season. All exchanges must be made in person at the Ticket Office.

Opening Day, take four, will be Monday against the Syracuse Chiefs. Game time for both Monday and Tuesday has been moved up to 5:35 p.m. from the originally scheduled game time of 6:35 p.m. Gates will open both days at 4:30 p.m.

Rochester has now been postponed at home three times this season, as many as all of 2017.
 

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Opening Day Snowed Out; Saturday's Game at 3:05

Fans holding Friday tickets can exchange that ticket for two games.

By Rochester Red Wings | April 6, 2018 11:38 AM

Tonight's Rochester Red Wings Opening Night game scheduled for 6:05 p.m. with the Buffalo Bisons has been postponed due to snow.

The teams will play a single game on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. with gates opening at 2 p.m. The doubleheader date for Friday's postponed game will be announced later. Saturday's game was originally scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Fans holding tickets to Friday's game may redeem that ticket for two games: one of those must be used for any game in April or May (50 degree guarantee) and the other for any remaining home date in 2018. All exchanges must be made in person at the Ticket Office.

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Red Wings to Extend Fan Safety Netting

Net expansion expected to be completed by May 3

By Rochester Red Wings | March 19, 2018 1:12 PM

The Rochester Red Wings have announced plans to expand and enhance fan safety netting at Frontier Field for the 2018 season.

Major League Baseball recommended that netting be extended to the ends of each dugout to keep fans safe from batted balls, bats and other equipment leaving the playing field. During the 2018 season all Major League Baseball ballparks will have netting which extends to at least the end of each dugout and most Minor League facilities will have this as well.

"With the recommendation of MLB in mind, the Red Wings will install additional netting to protect those seats behind each dugout," General Manager Dan Mason said. "Fan safety remains a priority with the Wings and the new netting will meet all recommendations from the Commissioner's Office. We worked with our partners at Monroe County to develop the best possible solution to MLB's request. The new netting will be similar to our current backstop which provides much better visibility than what we had prior to 2016. We are working with Monroe County to hopefully have the new netting installed prior to our third homestand which begins on Thursday, May 3."

The new fan safety netting at Frontier Field will run approximately 15 feet high and 90 feet long along each dugout, from section 105-110 on the first base side and 122-127 on the third base side. Netting will be at the front of each dugout closest to the playing field. The material will have knotless intersections like the current net.

Original netting at Frontier Field remained up until just before the 2016 season when MLB and Minor League Baseball recommended ballparks expand fan safety netting to include all sections within 70 feet of home plate. The original net was taken down and a new backstop was installed from the front of section 110 to the front of 122 with state-of-the-art materials that provides better visibility than the original.

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Join the Red Wings Giveaway Guarantee Club

Get EVERY giveaway during the 2018 season for just $100

By Rochester Red Wings | January 22, 2018 1:13 PM

Want ALL of our giveaways, but can't make it to ALL of our games? 
 
Join the Red Wings Giveaway Guarantee Club! For just $100 you'll be able to own ALL of our giveaways (both adult and kids giveaways) during the 2018 season. Only a limited number of Red Wings Giveaway Guarantee Club passes will be sold. 

You can purchase a Giveaway Guarantee Club pass online or by calling (585) 454-1001. 

 

 

Fans who purchase a pass will present their membership card in order to redeem their giveaways at three different points of the season regardless of whether they received any of the giveaways at the gates. All giveaways MUST be picked-up at the ballpark, but you do NOT have to be in attendance on the night of each individual giveaway.
 
-All April/May giveaways can be picked up beginning on June 5.
 
-All June/July giveaways can be picked up beginning on August 1.
 
-All August/September giveaways can be picked up beginning on September 10.
 
The Wings typically offer between 20-25 giveaways a season and 2018 will be no different. We have a cap giveaway, bobbleheads, eight T-shirt Tuesdays and a bevy of other giveaways planned for this season. When purchasing your Giveaway Guarantee Club pass, please make sure to denote your t-shirt size (M - XL). Please note: Our Bark In The Park giveaways for dog owners will NOT be included in this Club.
 
Stay tuned to our social media outlets (@RocRedWings) and RedWingsBaseball.com throughout the next month for giveaway announcements.
 
Click here to view our 2018 Promo Schedule.

 

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$40 Early Bird Pack includes Opening Day

Get all 12 April games for just $40!

By Rochester Red Wings | February 13, 2018 9:23 AM

It's been a long offseason and if you're like us you're ready to watch some Red Wings Baseball! 

Celebrate the return of baseball at Frontier Field with the Early Bird Pack - a brand-new ticket pack which allows fans to attend all 12 April home games - including Opening Day -- for just $40! 

Fans who purchase the pack will be able to sit in Reserved, Upper or Premium seats for $40 - a savings of OVER $115!

 

 

Besides Opening Day, other April promos include two Bark-In-The-Park and Kids Run The Bases games (April 8 & April 22), two Dollar Wednesdays (April 11 & April 25), two Kids Eat Free games (April 9 & April 23) and a Post-game Team Autograph session (April 21). 

Even if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, rainout tickets from Early Bird Pack can be exchanged for any of the Red Wings home games in April or May.

One of the best deals at the ballpark, the $40 Early Bird Pack is only available for a limited time. 

Please call (585) 454-1001 with any questions regarding this ticket offer.

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Skinner named Red Wings new skipper

Former Indians manager tabbed 45th skipper in Wings history

By Rochester Red Wings | December 20, 2017 9:08 AM

ROCHESTER, NY - The Minnesota Twins announced today that Joel Skinner will manage the Rochester Red Wings in 2018. Hitting Coach Chad Allen, Pitching Coach Stu Cliburn and Strength & Conditioning Coach Tyler Burks will return while Mike McCarthy joins the staff as Bullpen Coach and Chris Johnson will be the new Athletic Trainer.

Skinner, 56, has managed 12 minor league seasons since 1995, combining to go 860-777, and also served as interim manager of the Indians in 2002, leading Cleveland to a 35-41 record after Charlie Manuel was fired on July 11. He was away from baseball in 2017 but spent the previous five seasons managing in the White Sox organization with Single-A Winston-Salem (2016) and Triple-A Charlotte (2012-15). Skinner was named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America and The Sporting News while leading Triple-A Buffalo to the International League Governors' Cup Finals in 2000 and by USA Today Baseball Weekly in 1998 with Double-A Akron. He won the 1995 New York-Penn League Championship with Short-A Watertown, earning Manager of the Year that season and in 1997 with Single-A Kinston of the Carolina League. Skinner also managed Team USA at the All-Star Futures Game (2000), Double-A Akron (2010, 1998-99) and Single-A Columbus (1996). He was on Cleveland's staff as Bench Coach (2006), Third Base Coach (2001-02, 03-05, 07-09) and Catching Instructor (1994) and also served as Oakland's Bench Coach in 2011.

Skinner takes over for Mike Quade, who managed Rochester to a 238-192 record over three seasons.

The new Rochester skipper enjoyed a 15-year professional career from 1983-91, playing 564 MLB games with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. Skinner was selected in the 37th round of the 1979 June Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Mission Bay High School (San Diego, CA).

Skinner's father, Bob, managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1968-69 and the San Diego Padres in 1977. The two are the second father-son tandem to manage in the major leagues, joining Red Wing and Baseball Hall of Famer George Sisler (St. Louis Browns, 1924-26) and his son, Dick (Cincinnati Reds, 1964-65).

McCarthy is a former 14th-round selection by the Boston Red Sox in 2011 out of California State-Bakersfield. He pitched six seasons in the organization, reaching as high as Triple-A Pawtucket in 2016. McCarthy studied pre-med at Bakersfield.

Johnson will be in his 13th season in the Twins organization and has spent the past five years working as Athletic Trainer with the Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga (2015-17) and New Britain (2013-14). He joined the organization as a spring training intern in 2005.

Allen returns for his third season with the Red Wings while Cliburn is set for a third consecutive season and sixth overall with Rochester. Burks will be in his second season with the team.

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2018 Spring Training Schedule and Results

By Rochester Red Wings | February 15, 2018 2:13 PM

The Red Wings will be arriving in Rochester on Monday, April 2 for the start of the regular season. The 90th-Annual Welcome Home Dinner is set for Tuesday, April 3 and Opening Day is Friday, April 6 vs. Buffalo at 6:05 p.m.

All games at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Home games at Ft. Myers CenturyLink Sports Complex. Game times are subject to change. Each team listed will be composed of Triple-A squads from their respective parent clubs. Recaps of each game will be featured on WINGIN' IT, the official blog of the Rochester Red Wings.

Camp Day indicates games will be played amongst Twins minor leaguers from Triple-A and Double-A.

 

Tuesday, March 6 - All minor league players report

Sunday, March 11 - Game Cancelled

Monday, March 12 - WIN, 9-6 vs. Chattanooga

Tuesday, March 13 - WIN, 3-1 vs. Chattanooga

Wednesday, March 14 - Tie, 4-4 vs. Norfolk (Orioles)

Thursday, March 15 - Tie, 3-3 at Durham (Rays)

Friday, March 16 - WIN, 2-1 vs. Norfolk (Orioles)

Saturday, March 17 - loss, 4-1  at Durham (Rays)

Sunday, March 18 - Camp Day,

Monday, March 19 - WIN, 8-4 vs. Pawtucket (Red Sox)

Tuesday, March 20 - WIN, 3-2 vs. Durham (Rays)

Wednesday, March 21 - loss, 5-4 at Norfolk (Orioles)

Thursday, March 22 - WIN, 2-0 vs. Durham (Rays)

Friday, March 23 - Tie, 4-4 vs. Pawtucket (Red Sox)

Saturday, March 24 - Red Wings at Pawtucket (Red Sox) in Ft. Myers at Red Sox Complex

Sunday, March 25 - Camp Day, 10 a.m.

Monday, March 26 - Red Wings at Norfolk (Orioles) in Sarasota, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, March 27 - Red Wings vs. Durham (Rays)

Wednesday, March 28 - Red Wings at Pawtucket (Red Sox) in Ft. Myers at Red Sox Complex

Thursday, March 29 - Red Wings vs. Pawtucket (Red Sox)

Friday, March 30 - Camp Day, 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 31 - Red Wings at Pawtucket (Red Sox) in Ft. Myers at Red Sox Complex, 10 a.m.

Sunday, April 1 - Camp Day, 10 a.m.

Monday, April 2 - Red Wings Break Camp

 

The Red Wings will be arriving in Rochester on Monday, April 2 for the start of the regular season. The 90th-Annual Welcome Home Dinner is set for Tuesday, April 3 and Opening Day is Friday, April 6 vs. Buffalo at 6:05 p.m. Single-game tickets are on sale now!

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Red Wings, County agree to 10-year lease

Opening Day, April 6, named Community Appreciation Day

By Rochester Red Wings | February 12, 2018 5:35 PM

The Rochester Red Wings have come to terms with Monroe County on a lease agreement which will allow the Red Wings to continue to call Frontier Field their home for at least another 10 years, and likely 10 years beyond that.

The Red Wings appreciate the efforts of Monroe County in working to understand the team's needs going forward, and more particularly, the important need for the appropriate upkeep of the stadium to ensure a prolonged useful life of the facility.  

Rochester Community Baseball President/CEO/COO Naomi Silver issued the following:

"As with the previous lease, the County will receive a significant part of the revenue derived from baseball events at the stadium. But in this lease, we have certain assurances that the County will maintain and modernize the stadium as necessary, and will seek outside funding sources, when possible, to help accomplish this.

We are very grateful to our fans and the entire community for their support. They, like us, could not imagine the alternative if an agreement had not been reached, and their voices were heard. In light of the community's overwhelming response, we would like to dedicate this year's Opening Day on Friday, April 6th as 'Community Appreciation Day.'

I'd like to thank General Manager, Dan Mason, Board Chair, Gary Larder, and the entire Red Wings organization for all their efforts over the course of the last year."

Further information about Community Appreciation Day will be forthcoming.

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Valentine's Day Packs Available for Pick-Up

Choose from one of two great Valentine's Day Packs

By Rochester Red Wings | January 22, 2018 12:52 PM

Hit a home run with that special someone this Valentine's Day! Our delivery window has passed but we are still offering a pick-up option for our Valentine's Day Packs on February 14. 

You'll have the opportunity to surprise that special someone with one of these two packs:

Valentine's Day Pack #1:
12 Roses
4 Premium Red Wings Tickets (good for any 2018 regular season game)
1 Red Wings Mug
1 Red Wings 2018 Calendar
Cost: $80

Valentine's Day Pack #2:
1 Red Wings Hooded Sweatshirt (sizes S - 3XL) -- Click HERE to see the sweatshirt
4 Premium Red Wings Tickets (good for any 2018 regular season game)
1 Red Wings Mug
1 Red Wings 2018 Calendar
Cost: $80

You can pick up your Valentine's Day Pack at the Red Wings Team Store from 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, February 14 at the Team Store.

The ONLY way to order your Valentine's Day Pack is via phone order. Call Kevin at (585) 454-1001 ext. 3046 to place your order.

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Sneak Peek: 2018 Preliminary Promo Schedule

Theme nights announced for 2018 season

By Rochester Red Wings | December 26, 2017 2:42 PM

We're exactly 100 days away from Opening Day so to celebrate we thought we'd give a sneak peek at what the 2018 promotional schedule looks like. Though not yet finalized, the upcoming promotional slate promises to be one of the best in baseball! 

All details including appearances and giveaways will be announced throughout the winter and early spring as we approach Opening Day.

CLICK HERE FOR 2018 PROMO SCHEDULE

Perhaps the marquee night of the entire summer will be August 8 for ROC the ROC Night - a game completely dedicated to celebrating EVERYTHING about our great city!

Bring out the kids on June 24 for Toy Hall of Fame Day as we pay tribute to all 66 toys that have been inducted at the Strong National Museum of Play - including the 2017 inductees: Wiffle Ball, Clue and the Paper Airplane.

We'll be saluting a pair of movies celebrating their 25th anniversaries this summer: Groundhog Day (June 29) and The Sandlot (Date TBD). We'll celebrate the second-most wonderful time of the year with a Christmas Story in July (July 18) as we honor the 35th anniversary of the timeless holiday classic. 

We're going fauxback on May 26 as the Rochester Hop Bitters. This will be the first in a series of nights in the coming years where we'll pay tribute to old nicknames of Rochester professional baseball clubs before the Red Wings came to life in 1928. The Hop Bitters played in Rochester in the late 1800's!

Along with Kids Eat Free Mondays (first 500 kids get a free hot dog, snack item and soda), $1 Wednesdays ($1 hot dogs, peanuts, cracker jacks and chips) and College Thursdays (game ticket plus 5 Diamond Dollars for just $10 for college students with valid ID), we're excited to announce T-shirt Tuesdays in 2018. Every Tuesday beginning on May 15 we'll be giving away at least 500 t-shirts to fans. Each of the eight T-shirt Tuesdays will feature different designs and some will have distribution to 1,000 or 1,500 fans.

Of course, Thursdays Are For The Plates in 2018! Every Thursday we'll wear the black and yellow, but look out for some big announcements regarding a couple of our Thursday games this season.

We have a Frontier Field-record FIVE Bark in the Parks (April 8, April 22, May 6, May 27, July 5) on tap next season. We've expanded our Dog Pound section in 2018, allowing fans and their four-legged friends to sit on the left field grass berm as well as beyond the outfield fence. Also new, fans and their dogs will be able to participate in a pre-game, on-field parade prior to every Bark in the Park game. 

Want to laugh? See us on May 25 for Comedy Night. Want to be amazed? Head down to the ballpark for Magic Night (Date TBD). Want to renew your vows? You can do just that on Renew Your Vows Night May 18.

The Frontier Field staples of Star Wars Night (May 4), Batman Night (Date TBD), Post-Game Fireworks (17 shows beginning May 19), the ZOOperstars (June 9 and August 11), RPO Concert (July 20), Country Concert (July 21 - Act TBD), First Responder's Day (July 22), Play catch with Dad Day (June 10) and our Memorial Day Celebration (May 28) which includes $5 tickets and 50-cent hot dogs all return to the 2018 promo calendar.

Stay tuned to our social media channels (@RocRedWings) throughout the next 100 days for further promotional updates and announcements! All promotions subject to change.

The Red Wings 22nd season at Frontier Field gets underway on Friday, April 6 at 6:05 pm against the Buffalo Bisons. Call (585) 454-1001 or visit RedWingsBaseball.com for information on season tickets, mini plans and group outings in 2018. Single-game tickets will go on sale on February 15!
 

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TwinsFest 2018

Exclusive coverage from Target Field

By Rochester Red Wings | January 17, 2018 7:05 AM

TwinsFest 2018 coverage presented by
United Airlines - United.com
Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown- EmbassySuites3Hilton.com

 

TWINSFEST 2018 - Jan. 19-21
TwinsFest, one of the largest team-run fan festivals in professional sports, is an annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. Since its inception in 1989, TwinsFest has raised more than $4 million for programs and organizations supported by the Twins Community Fund.

The Red Wings staff fly United Airlines from Rochester to Minneapolis, and stay at the new Embassy Suites by Hilton in downtown Minneapolis.

Twins fans - be sure to check out the Red Wings booth at TwinsFest 2018. We have authentic game-worn jerseys including Buxton, Colon, Berrios, Curtiss, Gonsalves, Granite, Garver, Hildenberger, Slegers, and more, player photos and card sets, on-field caps and hoodies, and much more. Look for us on the Club level of Target Field, in the Legends Club near the Carew Atrium.

 

SUNDAY JAN. 21
After a strangely mild for January weekend, an impending snowstorm and the impending purple wave of Vikings excitement contributed to a quiet final day of TwinsFest. Our day started out with one last breakfast at our home base, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown. We were delighted by the extra crispy pecan flavored bacon, tater tots, and cinnaminny french toast as part of our final meal.

United Airlines' smart phone app provides accurate flight notifications, and we knew fairly early that our flight from the Twin Cities to Chicago would be delayed. With the winter storm hitting the Rocky Mountain region, a Denver to Minneapolis flight that would provide our plane to Chicago had to wait out the weather.

Combine packing for home, packing our booth for shipment, and pondering the incoming snowstorm and it was a hectic day at Target Field. Former Twins farm director Brad Steil visited our booth; Brad's now the director of pro scouting for the Twins. Brad thinks the pitching depth in the Twins organization will give the Wings a very strong pitching staff to open the season.

For a brief period of time it looked like we might be forced to stay an extra day, and watch the NFC Championship game with real Vikings fans in Minnesota; but the United app let us know that the inbound plane coming from Denver was first at the gate, then in the air and finally heading toward the Twin Cities. The Metro Transit Light Rail Blue Line got us to the airport efficiently as usual. We found it well worth it to get a day pass to the United Club. The comfortable quiet lounge, friendly staffers, an array of snacks (including a wonderful Vermont Cheddar), drinks, and chicken soup let us enjoy our wait time in style and comfort.

The Twins will announce TwinsFest attendance figures, and total dollar amount raised this year for the Twins Community Fund, sometime in the next few days.

 

 

 

SATURDAY JAN. 20
Usually the busiest day of the weekend, Saturday morning offered sunshine and balmy-for-January 37° weather for TwinsFest. A busy day calls for maximum nutrition, and the guest breakfast lounge at Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown checked all the boxes for our group. We chatted with some Twins fans from Fargo while waiting for our omelettes, and we all added a piece of french toast with warm syrup to our agenda.

Saturday top sellers: Red Wings team card sets, game-worn jerseys of Kennys Vargas and Bartolo Colon, and three Star Wars Night Princess Leia specialty jerseys.

Seen on the scene: Amy Littell and friends, the mom of future Wings pitcher Zack Littell, here from North Carolina. We're really hoping Zack spends as much time in Rochester as possible; in 2017, he played for Tampa and Trenton in the Yankees chain, then our Double-A Chattanooga club after being acquired in the Jaime Garcia trade. The catch? All three of Zack's 2017 clubs made the playoffs. Oh, and Zack's record across all three clubs in '17: 19-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Check out more on those eyebrow-raising numbers on Zack's MiLB.com page...Gene and Julie Glynn, hanging out at our booth and sending along their regards to the fans in Rochester...Twins Hall of Famer Jim Rantz, the namesake for the Twins' annual Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award...Later on, Jim's son Mike stopped by; Mike played a couple of seasons of minor league ball in the Oakland organization, with Jose Canseco and Terry Steinbach among his teammates...Shaun Hagglund, the impossibly handsome honcho behind Fan HQ and JustinMorneau.com, picking up a game worn jersey and some player nameplates. We passed along some Morneau Wings merch to Shaun, and he promised to deliver it personally to Justin tomorrow at TwinsFest. With Justin's official retirement this week and his new position with Twins, we're hoping he makes a stop at Frontier Field sometime this season.

 

 

FRIDAY JAN. 19

The Wings staff had an early morning breakfast meeting to game plan the weekend, and the full breakfast service at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown was the perfect start to our day. Oatmeal, bagels and toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, cereals, fruit juices, coffee and tea choices...as that weren't enough, a fresh cooked omelet provides another great option. Pancakes with hot syrup? Yep, pancakes too. This is all part of your stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown. May we highly recommend our omelet choice - with bacon, peppers, cheese, and spinach? With a touch of ketchup, and some fresh mild salsa over the top? Yes, please.

Setting up our booth in the club level of Target Field was made easier thanks to Venika Streeter, the behind the scenes force who helps make so much of the TwinsFest experience rewarding for fans and business partners. Our shipment arrived here on Tuesday, and our packages were waiting for us at our booth, neatly stacked and ready to go. First sale of the day? Twins curator Clyde Doepner, who added a Bartolo Colon and Stephen Gonsalves jersey to his collection.

Our first ROC-related sighting of the day took place in the Skyway at lunch time, when we caught up with Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco and Rochester's own barber to the Twins and Wings, Andy Fade. Jorge enjoyed a breakout big league season with the Twins in 2017, and Andy continues to work his artistry on big league hairstyles for all his customers.

Seen on the Scene: Aaron Slegers and his family walking through the Club level, with his parents getting a "Red Wings Family" discount on their purchases...Tyler Duffey, Ryan Pressly, and John Curtiss - a trio of Texas lads - teaming up with New Yorker Zack Granite, and Aussie Lewis Thorpe, playing against young Twins fans in the Human Foosball arena...Dietrich Enns, stopping by our booth to talk about his big league debut on August 10...and Royce Lewis, the top pick in the 2017 draft, enjoying some quality time with young fans along with Jorge Polanco...Mitch Garver, who delivered a big league high five to a member of our crew while asking if "the guy with the rake and gold helmet" was here. Mitch teamed up with Zack, Aaron, and Trevor Hildenberger in a "Tattletales" game show emceed by Twins TV voice Dick Bremer. Check out Friday pics on our Facebook page...Julie Glynn, wife of former Wings skipper Gene, stopped over to catch up. Did you know: the Rockies' Triple-A Albuquerque club now has former Wings hitting coach Tim Doherty on their staff. Also now in Albuquerque: former Wings promotions assistants Alex "Sheamus" Clark, and C.J. "Ramone" Scroger.

Friday photo gallery on our official Facebook page

Baseball news today: the Twins announced that former pitcher Johan Santana will be inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame this season. Click here for the official release. ...and the Twins have signed infielder Jermaine Curtis and right-handed pitcher Omar Bencomo to minor league contracts, with both players candidates to play for the Red Wings this season.

Classic rock news today: Def Leppard, who already made their share of news today by releasing their entire catalog to music streaming services, will co-headline a Target Field concert July 27 with Journey. "Don't Stop Believing" that this event will make you "Rock Rock Until You Drop," and you'll take a "Photograph" of the "Hysteria" that will take over when those two bands perform. (Rochester-area fans have the chance to see the tour at its Buffalo or Toronto stops.)

 

 

 

THURSDAY JAN. 18
A beautiful day to travel to the Twins Cities, with our Rochester to Chicago United Airlines flight arriving 20 minutes early - despite a brief de-icing before leaving ROC. This gave our group the chance to complete a culinary Chi-Town double play for lunch: an authentic Vienna Beef Chicago-style hot dog, and a Chicago deep dish personal pizza.

One of our travellers boarded with dirty, salt and mud-stained footwear; cue Dr. Randy, the"Shoe Fixologist" of O'Hare's Terminal F. Not only did the good doctor provide a big league shoe shine experience, but he offered great stories about the many celebrities he's encountered in his career - including The Godfather of Soul James Brown ($100 tip), Bears legend Mike Ditka, boxing promoter Don King, and basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. The largest shoe size Randy has doctored: NBA great Bob Lanier, whose shoes tipped off at size 22 - wide.

On-board reading choices of our travel party: "Back to the Bat Cave," the memoir written by TV's Batman, Adam West; and "A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon," chronicling the ill-fated life of the Blind Melon singer.

And everyone on an United flight could read the January issue of Hemispheres, United's on-board and online magazine. The current issue features a message from United CEO Oscar Munoz about United being the first U.S.-based carrier to allow tech-savvy customers to check-in for flights, get updates, and stay in touch with United through devices like Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Did you know: United's MileagePlus reward program was recently named the best overall frequent-flyer program in the world for the 14th straight time by Global Traveler. United is installing new broadband controllers on all aircraft, to increase Wi-Fi reliability. Hemishpheres has features on Rochester-born, award-winning actor John Lithgow (my fave Lithgow role: "Roberta" in "The World According to Garp"), and "Three Perfect Days in Las Vegas" (site of the the annual Baseball Winter Meetings this December).

Metro Transit's Blue Line light rail was a quick (24 minutes), affordable ($2.50 per ticket) way to get to our hotel: The Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown. Did you know: the hotel is just a two block walk from the Warehouse/Hennepin light rail stop, and an indoor Skyway walk to Target Center and Target Field. Hotel guests get to enjoy a complimentary happy hour each day, and we're already looking forward to the amazing breakfast buffet - also included with your room stay.

At the happy hour reception - where one member of our group showed a Charlie Kelly-like obsession with the spicy cheese on the snack buffet - we spotted a guest wearing a bright orange shirt. A closer look showed the word "Pearl" in Syracuse-style script. Yes - it was a visitor from Syracuse, paying homage to the late Orange great, Dwayne "The Pearl" Washington. The guest and his friend work for a CNY refrigeration company, here in town to work on an ice-making situation at the Target Center.

After an Uber ride marked by late pick-up, a dirty windshield, and multiple wrong turns, we finally made it to dinner - at Bar Luchador, located near the University of Minnesota campus. This place had some awesome tacos, served up in a festive Mexican wrestling themed atmosphere. Masked luchador art surrounded us, Lucha Libre wrestling action filled the monitors, and the walls had a hard-hitting collection of signed photos of wrestling stars, past and present. This is definitely a BYOM spot (bring your own mask). By the time we figured out which in our group were rudos or technicos, it was time for another courageous ride home. Kayfabe brings this segment to a three count.

TwinsFest weekend kicked off with the Diamond Awards on Thursday night; the Diamond Awards event benefits research, education, and care in brain, nerve, and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota. Several former Red Wings were among those honored, including Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Kyle Gibson, and Trevor Hildenberger. Red Wings C/1B Mitch Garver and RHP Aaron Slegers were selected as the top minor league players in the Twins' organization for 2017. Click here for coverage at TwinsBaseball.com.

Red Wings left-hander Stephen Gonsalves just participated in the MLB Rookie Career Development Program, along with Wings reliever John Curtiss, and future Wings OF LaMonte Wade and RHP Fernando Romero; each January, top prospects come together for four days to learn about life in the big leagues. Here's Stephen talking about his experience....Gonsalves was also listed as the #9 top left-handed pitching prospect by MLB Pipeline.

The Minnesota Twins announced on Thursday that they have hired Twins legend Jim Kaat as Special Assistant to the organization. Kaat, 79, pitched 25 seasons in the major leagues from 1959-83, including 15 with the Twins/Senators franchise from 1959-73. He pitched in 468 career games in a Twins uniform, going 189-152 with a 3.28 ERA (2959.1 IP, 1080 ER), 133 complete games and 1,824 strikeouts and is the Twins' all-time leader in wins and innings pitched. Kaat was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2001 and was named one of the "50 Greatest Twins" in 2010. As a Special Assistant, Kaat will engage in various Twins community and business initiatives both in Minnesota as well as Southwest Florida. He joins fellow Twins legends Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek and former Wing Tom Kelly in this role with the Minnesota franchise.

 

 

 

Previous TwinsFest coverage:

Blogs, links to photo galleries and videos, and a time capsule treasure box of Twins and Wings things - past, present and future.

TwinsFest 2017: Trevor May, Gene Glynn, Michael Restovich, Glen Perkins, Prince, Kennys Vargas, Vulcan Krewe, and more

TwinsFest 2016: Logan Darnell, Bert Blyleven, Johnny Bravo, Ryan O'Rourke, Tom Kelly, Gene Glynn, and more

TwinsFest 2015: Byron Buxton, Trevor Plouffe, Gene Glynn, Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, and more

TwinsFest 2013: The Rockin' Hollywoods, ELnO, Trevor May, Kyle Gibson, Drew Butera, Caleb Thielbar, Mancini's Char-House, Glen Perkins, and more

TwinsFest 2012: Dave Stewart, Rene Tosoni, Bobby Hull, Brian Dozier, Fergie Jenkins, Neil Dynamite and the Heartlights, and more

TwinsFest 2011: Pat Neshek, Robin Yount, St. Paul Winter Carnival Vulcan Krewe, Matt Tolbert, and more

TwinsFest 2010: Denard Span, Drew Butera, Trevor Plouffe, Aaron Hicks, Rob Delaney, Stan Cliburn, Target Field tour, and more

TwinsFest 2009: Bobby Korecky, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Phillip Wells "The Kirby Puckett of the Kitchen," Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing and Brian Buscher, and more

 

 

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Red Wings, LiveSource partner for 2018 season

New mobile app to be used for specialty jersey auctions

By Rochester Red Wings | December 8, 2017 1:21 PM

ROCHESTER, NY -- The Rochester Red Wings and LiveSource, LLC are pleased to announce a new partnership to utilize their in-the-moment mobile auction platform prior to and during the 2018 baseball season.

The Wings will be using the LiveSource mobile app to offer fans opportunities for unique memorabilia and fan experiences. Specifically, the LiveSource app will streamline all of our specialty jersey auctions throughout the season and provide a better experience for fans bidding at the ballpark. Fans who are not in attendance at a particular game will have the opportunity to bid through the app as well.

For those fans who do not have a smart phone, the Red Wings will have a table set up at each jersey auction to assist fans in the bidding process.

"We are continuously looking for ways to improve the game day experience for our fans at Frontier Field," said Dan Mason, Red Wings General Manager. "We're excited to partner with LiveSource and believe this new app will help increase contributions to our various charitable organizations throughout the season."

Founded in 2016 by Scott F. Levin, LiveSource enables partners to surprise and electrify fans with unanticipated opportunities to own unique collectibles and experiences. LiveSource partners can react instantly to initiate auctions for the fans while they are most excited - right then and there during the event. LiveSource auctions will allow Red Wings fans to support and connect with the team in a fun and exciting way by gaining in-the-moment access to authenticated memorabilia and experiences. By monetizing fan experiences and game memorabilia, LiveSource will create new avenues for quality fundraising that don't necessitate months of advance planning and preparation. The LiveSource software is simple and easy to use, and it handles the entire sales process from posting to payment to arranging delivery.

"LiveSource is thrilled to be partnering with one of the preeminent baseball organizations in the country," said Scott Levin. "The Red Wings will be exciting fans by delivering unique auction items during many of their games, and our passionate team will be supporting them at every turn to make sure this is hugely successful for the Red Wing organization, their fans and LiveSource. I think we'll have baseball fans at these games and from around the country tuned in and bidding at every event where we are present."

LiveSource is a mobile app and website that facilitates in-the-moment auctions and raffles before, during and after events. LiveSource is designed to benefit colleges, universities, athletes and entertainers. The LiveSource platform gives fans in attendance and at home the ability to bid on items and experiences that become available during an event. Bidding, winning, payment and delivery is all facilitated on mobile devices through the LiveSource app and website.
 

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Wings 12-Game Packs On Sale

Choose from four different 12-Game Packs or pick your own

By Rochester Red Wings | November 3, 2017 2:24 PM

The Red Wings are offering four different 12-Game Packs for the 2018 season. Don't see one you like? You can customize your very own pack! For more information on any of the 12-game packs below, contact Mike Ewing at (585) 454-1001 ext. 3036 or click here to send an email.

Prices for a 12-Game Pack are as follows: Premium - $120/seat... Upper - $105/seat... Reserved - $80/seat.

12-GAME PACK BENEFITS:

- Save up to $36 off Box Office price.

- Choose from the best seats and games before they go on sale to the general public.

- Opportunity to have the same seat for each game.

- Ability to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale.

- Promotional email each month informing you of upcoming events.

- If conflicts arise, tickets can be exchanged up to 48 hours before the game.

We will update promotions as they are confirmed. For a complete list of our 2018 Promotional Schedule go to RedWingsBaseball.com/FUN.

 

BEST OF THE BEST

Dates/Promotions:

Friday, April 6 (6:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Opening Day...Magnet Schedule Giveaway (5,000 fans)

Saturday, May 5 (1:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Clean Sweep

Friday, May 25 (7:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Comedy Night...Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, June 10 (1:05 pm) vs. Durham / Father's Day Celebration...Baseball Giveaway (1,000 fans)

Saturday, June 23 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, June 29 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Salute to Groundhog Day Night...Post-Game Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Biggest Fireworks Show of the Season!

Friday, July 20 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Post-game RPO concert...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, July 21 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Country Concert (act TBD)...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, August 11 (7:05 pm) vs. Charlotte / ZOOperstars! Appearance...Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, August 31 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, September 2 (6:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Post-Game Fireworks

 

FRIDAY 12-PACK

*Fireworks will follow every Friday home game beginning on May 25.

Dates/Promotions:

Friday, April 6 (6:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Opening Day...Magnet Schedule Giveaway (5,000 fans)

Friday, April 20 (6:35 pm) vs. Columbus

Friday, May 4 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Star Wars Night

Friday, May 18 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Renew Your Vows Night

Friday, May 25 (7:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Comedy Night...Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, June 8 (7:05 pm) vs. Durham / Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, June 22 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, June 29 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Salute to Groundhog Day Night...Post-Game Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Biggest Fireworks Show of the Season!

Friday, July 20 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Post-game RPO concert...Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, August 10 (7:05 pm) vs. Charlotte / Post-Game Fireworks...Team Card Update Set (1,000 fans)

Friday, August 31 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Post-Game Fireworks

 

SATURDAY 12-PACK

*Fireworks will follow every Saturday home game beginning on May 19.

Dates/Promotions:

Saturday, April 7 (1:05 pm) vs. Buffalo 

Saturday, April 21 (1:05 pm) vs. Columbus / Team Autograph Day

Saturday, May 5 (1:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Clean Sweep

Saturday, May 19 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, May 26 (7:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Hop Bitters Fauxback Night...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, June 9 (7:05 pm) vs. Durham / ZOOperstars! Appearance...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, June 23 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, June 30 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Post-Game Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Biggest Fireworks Show of the Season!

Saturday, July 21 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Country Concert (act TBD)...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, August 11 (7:05 pm) vs. Charlotte / ZOOperstars! Appearance...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, September 1 (6:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Post-Game Fireworks

 

SUNDAY 12-PACK

*Every Sunday kids can run the bases with Spikes and Mittsy following the game.

Dates/Promotions:

Sunday, April 8 (1:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Bark in the Park

Sunday, April 22 (1:05 pm) vs. Columbus / Bark in the Park

Sunday, May 6 (1:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Bark in the Park

Sunday, May 20 (1:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket

Sunday, May 27 (1:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Bark in the Park

Sunday, June 10 (1:05 pm) vs. Durham / Father's Day Celebration...Baseball Giveaway (1,000 fans)

Sunday, June 24 (1:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Toy Hall of Fame Day

Sunday, July 1 (1:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Halloween Day

Wednesday, July 4 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Biggest Fireworks Show of the Season!

Sunday, July 22 (1:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / First Responders Day

Sunday, August 12 (1:05 pm) vs. Charlotte

Sunday, September 2 (6:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Post-Game Fireworks

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Red Wings 2018 6-Game Packs

Seven packs to choose from including a brand-new Plates Pack

By Rochester Red Wings | October 31, 2017 2:55 PM

The Red Wings are offering seven different 6-Game Packs for the 2018 season. Don't see one you like? You can customize your very own pack! For more information on any of the 6-game packs below, contact Mike Ewing at (585) 454-1001 ext. 3036 or click here to send an email .

Prices for a 6-Game Pack are as follows: Premium - $60/seat... Upper - $52.50/seat... Reserved - $40/seat.

6-GAME PACK BENEFITS:

- Save up to $18 off Box Office price.

- Choose from the best seats and games before they go on sale to the general public.

- Opportunity to have the same seat for each game.

- Ability to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale.

- Promotional email each month informing you of upcoming events.

- If conflicts arise, tickets can be exchanged up to 48 hours before the game.

We will update promotions as they are confirmed. For a complete list of our 2018 Promotional Schedule go to RedWingsBaseball.com/FUN

 

FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS PACK

Post-game fireworks follow each and every Friday in this pack!

Dates/Promotion:

Friday, May 25 (7:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Comedy Night

Friday, June 8 (7:05 pm) vs. Durham

Friday, June 29 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Salute to Groundhog Day Night

Friday, July 20 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Post-Game RPO Concert

Friday, August 10 (7:05 pm) vs. Charlotte / Team Card Set Update Giveaway (1,000 fans)

Friday, August 31 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley

 

SATURDAY SIX-PACK

Dates/Promotion:

Saturday, May 26 (7:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Hop Bitters Fauxback Night

Saturday, June 9 (7:05 pm) vs. Durham / ZOOperstars! Appearance

Saturday, June 30 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley 

Saturday, July 21 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Post-Game Country Concert (Act TBD)

Saturday, August 11 (7:05 pm) vs. Charlotte / ZOOperstars! Appearance

Saturday, September 1 (6:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley

 

WEEKDAY MATINEE

Dates/Promotion:

Thursday, May 17 (11:05 am) vs. Syracuse / Education Day

Thursday, June 7 (12:35 pm) vs. Indianapolis / College Day

Wednesday, June 20 (12:35 pm) vs. Syracuse / $1 Wednesday

Tuesday, July 17 (11:05 am) vs. Louisville / T-shirt Tuesday (500 kids)...Camp Day

Thursday, August 2 (12:35 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / College Day

Monday, September 3 (1:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley / Fan Appreciation Day

 

BEST OF THE BEST

Dates/Promotion:

Friday, April 6 (6:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Opening Day...Magnet Schedule Giveaway (5,000 fans)

Saturday, June 23 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Post-Game Fireworks

Wednesday, July 4 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Biggest Fireworks Show of the Season!

Friday, July 20 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Post-Game PRO Concert...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, July 21 (6:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Post-Game Country Concert (Act TBD)...Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, August 11 (7:05 pm) vs. Charlotte / ZOOperstars! Appearance...Post-Game Fireworks

 

YANKEES RIVALRY

Dates/Promotion:

Friday, June 22 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, June 23 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, June 24 (1:05 pm) vs Scranton/WB / Toy Hall of Fame Day

Monday, July 30 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / Kids Eat Free Monday

Tuesday, July 31 (7:05 ppm) vs. Scranton/WB / T-shirt Tuesday (500 fans)

Wednesday, Augsut 1 (7:05 pm) vs. Scranton/WB / $1 Wednesday

 

RED SOX RIVALRY

Dates/Promotion:

Friday, May 18 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Renew Your Vows Night

Saturday, May 19 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, May 20 (1:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Wednesday, July 4 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Biggest Fireworks Show of the Season!

Tuesday, August 21 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / T-shirt Tuesday (1,500 fans)

Wednesday, August 22 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / $1 Wednesday

 

PLATES PACK

The Wings will play as the Plates each and every Thursday home game in 2018!

Dates/Promotion:

Thursday, May 3 (7:05 pm) vs. Lehigh Valley

Thursday, June 21 (7:05 pm) vs. Syracuse / Pre-Game Happy Hour

Thursday, July 19 (7:05 pm) vs. Norfolk / Pre-Game Happy Hour

Thursday, August 9 (7:05 pm) vs. Toledo / Pre-Game Happy Hour

Thursday, August 23 (7:05 pm) vs. Pawtucket / Pre-Game Happy Hour

Thursday, August 30 (7:05 pm) vs. Buffalo / Pre-Game Happy Hour

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Purchase a 2018 Red Wings Flex Pack

Get 10 undated tickets for under $70!

By Rochester Red Wings | November 7, 2017 2:23 PM

Want to save money on Red Wings tickets, but don't know which games you want to attend? A Red Wings Flex Pack is the perfect option for you! Our flex packs come as voucher books or diamond debit cards and can be used for any 2018 Red Wings regular season home game.

Prices for our flex packs are as follows: Premium - $86/8 tickets... Upper - $74/8 tickets... Reserved - $67.50/10 tickets

VOUCHER BOOKS

These perforated books of undated tickets are the perfect gift for firends, family, co-workers and employees. Exchange these vouchers in person at the Red Wings Ticket Officeon the day of or in advance of the game you wish to attend. Use them all at once or just a few tickets at a time. All vouchers MUST be exchanged in person. They are redeemable for any 2018 regular season game. They can't be exchanged for any exhibitions, concerts, special events or playoff games.

 

DIAMOND DEBIT CARD

Redeemable for any 2018 Red Wings home game, and can be used to order tickets online and print at home! Establish a line of credit at the Red Wings' Ticket Office and receive a special membership card, discount on tickets, ability to order tickets over the phone using your card, and option to add tickets to your account after Opening Day. Redeemable for any game excluding playoffs, concerts, and exhibitions.

Diamond Debit holders can create an online account to manage their tickets. View seating availability, reserve tickets, and manage your account from your computer or mobile device.

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO TRANSFER DIAMOND DEBIT TICKETS

 

For more information call Red Wings ticket representative Mike Ewing at (585) 454-1001 ext. 3036 or click here to send an email now

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Red Wings Internship Opportunities Available

Apply now for the 2018 season

2015 interns Jazzi Chadwick and Anthony LaFica work with Assistant Director of Ticket Operations, Eric Friedman. (John Smillie)

By Rochester Red Wings | October 17, 2017 2:13 PM

ROCHESTER RED WINGS INTERNSHIPS

The Rochester Red Wings internship program is a great learning experience. Available to college Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, Red Wings interns will have the opportunity to get directly involved and gain hands on experience and training in various aspects of Minor League Baseball including marketing, sales, ticket operations, customer service, public relations, graphic design and many other aspects of the sports industry. The interns train directly with the front office staff to get an overview of all of the different positions. The internship requires a great amount of dedication throughout the baseball season.

We are looking for dedicated, resilient and driven people who would not only perform well in these capacities but who are passionate about baseball. This experience must be for college credit and all interns must be enrolled in school. The internship is an unpaid position, though the Red Wings will provide each intern with a credit reimbursement of up to $750 or $400 (based on approved paperwork, through your school). During certain times of the program, the interns will be asked to complete "labor related tasks" to support the team, in these instances, interns (if agreeable) will receive minimum wage ($10.40) during that time.

The Red Wings have internships starting in January and May. All of our interns learn through the end of the season (late August or early September) or until they return to college. This internship is a great start for people interested in pursuing a career in sports or the entertainment industry. Individuals may serve as an intern for one cycle, only. Repeat applicants are not accepted. Below are the requirements and responsibilities of each position.

 

COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA RELATIONS - THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Full-Time Internships Available: 1 (In-Season)

This position will assist the Director of Communications, Nate Rowan, in all aspects of the department. Learning experiences will include but not be limited to: production of team publications, writing press releases, postgame website stories, feature stories, updating statistical information and handling media requests. Other duties may be assigned by other departments, as needed.

Students should be pursuing a degree in Sports Management, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or a related field. Applicants are required to have a strong writing background, strong communications skills and knowledge of baseball rules. Students must be proficient using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel). Basic Adobe inDesign and Photoshop experience a plus.

The position has a start date of March 1 and will run through September 7, the last week of the season (willing to be flexible for the right candidate). Students will help at all 70 home games and most weekdays when the team is on the road. Applicants will be expected to be available for the entire season.

To apply, please email Director of Communications, Nate Rowan with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

ON-FIELD EMCEE INTERNSHIP - THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2018 SEASON

The Rochester Red Wings are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate individual to be a voice and face of the team as the On-Field Emcee for the 2018 season. The individual will be an integral part of the in-game entertainment experience at Frontier Field.

The Wings are looking for a strong vocal talent with excellent enunciation skills, strong public speaking and improvisation skills and the ability to speak extemporaneously to large crowds. Must be able to be present nights and weekends in accordance with the game schedule.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
1. Comfortable speaking in front of large crowds
2. Applicants must be a Broadcast Journalism major looking to pursue an "On Air" career in radio or television
3. Great sense of humor
4. Ability to understand game scripts and adapt quickly to changes
5. Bring a creative mind and help to brainstorm new ideas to keep the Red Wings on-field entertainment fresh and fun
6. Ability to work 20-25 games
7. Ability to move around the ballpark to meet all promotional and activation requirements
8. Ability to engage and interact with fans
9. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Intern must be able to work 20-25 games. For a typical 7:05 pm game, intern would arrive at 3 pm and leave roughly 30 minutes after the completion of the game. 

This internship has a start date of mid-April with an end date at the conclusion of the season (early September). 

Applicants need to submit a resume, cover letter and 60-second video to Tim Doohan at TimD@RedWingsBaseball.com.

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNSHIP
Part-Time Internships Available: 2 (1 intern January-April & 1 intern April-September)

Learn to design high profile portfolio pieces to include pocket schedule; season tickets and ticket book package; yearbook cover, promo ads and content; media guide cover; reply mailer; Legends card set; Red Wings Hall of Fame poster; print ad templates; TV game graphics; video board graphics; website fan wallpapers; social network sites' overall look; merchandise designs; and more. Flexible hours based on class/job schedule. iMac with recent CS software available for on-site projects. In order to complete this internship, student must put together a full portfolio.

To apply, please email Director of Corporate Development, Nick Sciarratta (NickS@RedWingsBaseball.com) and Social Media and Promotions Manager, Tim Doohan (TimD@RedWingsBaseball.com) with a cover letter and resume attached.

 

ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT INTERNSHIP
Part-Time Internships Available: 1 (January - May)


The accounting internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, the intern will learn how to take skills she or he may have acquired in school related to his or her particular areas of interest, and apply them in a professional setting. He or she will gain a better understanding of the role that finance can play in a sports setting, and be better prepared to work in the arena of accounting. The student filling this position will handle a wide range of important duties. Responsibilities include: Assist with month-end financial reports, help create journal entries, help with accounts receivable, payable and bank statement reconciliations, special projects, balance sheet reconciliation, train with controller on yearly budget efforts, assist in the monthly tracking of our physical inventory. Applicants should be an Accounting major proficient in Microsoft Office applications. Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task and excellent communication skills are all essential to this position.

To apply, please email Controller, Michelle Schiefer with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERNSHIPS
Part-Time Internships Available: 4

Interns in the Video Production department will learn video production skills and job related experiences relating to video editing, photo manipulation, motion graphics, and camera operation.

Candidates must be present for all home games with some additional time required when the team is on the road. Internship runs from March/April until the end of season or until candidate needs to return to school.

Applicants should be Film, Television, Media, Graphic Design or Animation majors with proficiency in Adobe products, such as Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects. 

To apply, please email Director of Video Production, Matt Miller with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

COMMUNICATIONS/ONLINE CONTENT - THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Part-Time Internships Available: 1 (Pre-season)

This internship, which runs from January - April trains the intern to compile player profile/stats for website, media guide and yearbook; basic yearbook layout and sales tracking; sales proposal writing and involvement by learning advertising sales, client interaction; pre-season Media Day, Opening Day, and game day experiences including stats, press box, photo journalism. Schedule is flexible, 10-12 hours a week. Above average writing skills and baseball knowledge necessary. Will include training in Dreamweaver/Fireworks software and MiLB.com website content management system.

This position begins in January with an end date in May.

To apply, please email Director of Corporate Development, Nick Sciarratta with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

COMMUNICATIONS/ONLINE CONTENT INTERNSHIPS- THESE POSITIONS HAS BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Part-Time Internships Available: 4 (In-Season)


This position will share responsibilities with both the Director of Corporate Development, Nick Sciarratta, and Director of Communications, Nate Rowan. Learning experiences will include, but are not limited to: compiling daily press clippings, writing game previews and recaps, writing feature articles for RedWingsBaseball.com, press box operations, statistical research, coordinating interviews between media and Red Wings players, coaches and front office members, compiling game notes, retrieving/formatting stats, and preparing lineup/roster/statistics.

At least 2 interns will help at each home game on a rotating basis. Additionally, interns will assist with select games when the team is on the road, also on a rotating basis.

  • For home games beginning at 6:35 or 7:05 p.m.: 1 intern from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1 intern will be from 5 p.m. to the end of the game.
  • For afternoon/morning home starts: 1 intern from 9 a.m. until the end of the game.
  • For most evening road games: 1 intern from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with game notes and other office duties, 1 intern will cover the game from home (generally 6-7 p.m. starts) via MiLB.tv or listening to the voice of the Red Wings, Josh Whetzel, and composing a recap at the conclusion of the game.

Students should be majors in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Sports Management or a related field. Requires strong writing and communication skills and baseball knowledge. Must be proficient using the Microsoft Office suite. Basic Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Fireworks experience a plus.

This position has a start date of April 1 with an end date at the conclusion of the season. Applicants will be expected to be available for the entire season (through at least September 5) but the Red Wings will be flexible with the right students who require a late start or early departure because they attend a college or university out of the Rochester area.

To apply, please email Director of Corporate Development, Nick Sciarratta with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

GROUP TICKETS/SALES INTERNSHIPS - THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Full-Time Internships Available: 5


Interns in the Groups Sales Department will receive a well-rounded experience within all areas of ticket sales, including individual game operations and group sales. This internship requires strong communication skills, along with attention to detail. All interns learn alongside full-time staff members, and are exposed to departmental objectives that reach organizational goals. Group sales interns will be trained to make outgoing sales calls and will participate in these regularly.

Internship also includes exposure and learning in each of the areas below:
• Promotions & Marketing - you may learn how to handle all of the details related to contest coordination, between inning contests, coordinating sponsor nights, player and mascot appearances, and game day activities.
• Pre-game - The preparation required to have our stadium up and running for all home games requires a tremendous attention to detail. As an intern you will learn how to prepare for such activities and in most cases prepare areas as well.

This internship has a start date of January with an end date at the conclusion of the season (or until the student returns to school).

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT MATERIALS FOR THIS INTERNSHIP IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

To apply, please email Director of Group Sales, Bob Craig with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

SEASONAL GAME DAY INTERNSHIPS - THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Part-Time Internships Available: 3


The Seasonal Game-day Internship includes exposure and learning in each of the areas below:
• Promotions & Marketing - you may learn how to handle all of the details related to contest coordination, between inning contests, coordinating sponsor nights, player and mascot appearances, and game day activities.
• Pre-game - The preparation required to have our stadium up and running for all home games requires a tremendous attention to detail. As an intern you will learn how to prepare for such activities and in most cases prepare areas as well. 

Seasonal Game-day Interns must be available for every home Red Wings game from their start date to their end date.

This position has a start date of April or May with an end date at the conclusion of the season (or until the student returns to school).

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT MATERIALS FOR THIS INTERNSHIP IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

To apply, please email Social Media and Promotions Manager, Tim Doohan with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP
Part-Time Internships Available: 1


Ideal candidate is a current photography/photojournalism major who is willing to bring equipment and shoot action/crowd/marketing shots at 20-25 Red Wings home games while learning what good photography is in the sports industry. Flexible schedule beginning April 9. Reliable transportation required. Photos will be used with student's photo credit in a variety of published places including RedWingsBaseball.com, MiLB.com, team baseball card set, team photo collage, marketing and ticket print pieces, yearbook. In order to complete this internship, student must put together a full portfolio.

To apply, please email Director of Corporate Development, Nick Sciarratta with a cover letter and resume attached here.

 

OFF-SEASON SALES TRAINING PROGRAM - THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Positions Available: 7-8

The Rochester Red Wings are in search of candidates for our Off-Season Sales Training Program. This opportunity will not only provide students with a means to earn income but also gain invaluable sales experience.

We will begin conducting interviews beginning in Mid-November.The program will begin the evening of Monday, February 26, 2018 and continue until Thursday, April 5th. There will be additional sales nights throughout April. 

The position description is as follows:
- All applicants will interview for the position
- Interviews may be scheduled via phone or email
- Approximately seven/eight candidates will be awarded a position, being notified by mid-January at the latest.
- Mandatory training will take place in the beginning of February (Date TBD)
- Those selected will be required to work three evenings per week at the Red Wings Front Office from 5:30-8:00pm (calls are not made on Fridays). There's an option to work all four nights. 
- Participants will be paid an hourly minimum wage plus commission ($4.50 per new sale and $2.50 per renew sale).

To apply, please email Group Sales & Ticket Rep. Mike Ewing with a cover letter and resume attached to Mewing@RedWingsBaseball.com.

 

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Red Wings Holiday Packs On Sale NOW!

Choose from four different options including two Plates packs

By Rochester Red Wings | November 3, 2017 3:19 PM

Looking for the perfect gift for the Red Wings fan in your life this holiday season? Look no further! This year we have four different packs to choose from -- including two Plates Packs -- that all include undated tickets, a merchandise item and voucher for a 2018 Red Wings Yearbook!

STORE HOURS: The Red Wings Team Store is open Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm. Beginning on November 25, the Team Store will be open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Of course, you can also shop around-the-clock at RedWings.milbstore.com!

All of the packs below will be available for purchase beginning on Monday, November 6. Orders will be filled beginning on November 17. To ensure delivery by Christmas, orders must be recieved by December 19. For local pick-up call (585) 454-1001 ext. 3055.

 

RED WINGS T-SHIRT PACKS

T-shirtT-SHIRT PACK 1 - $30:

- Two (2) undated reserved ticket vouchers*

- Red Wings T-shirt (T-shirt sizes run from small to 2 XL)

 

T-SHIRT PACK 2 - $44:

- Four (4) undated reserved ticket vouchers*

- Red Wings T-shirt (T-shirt sizes run from small to 2 XL)

 

 

PLATES T-SHIRT PACKS

T-shirtT-SHIRT PACK 1 - $30:

- Two (2) undated reserved ticket vouchers*

- Plates T-shirt (T-shirt sizes run from small to 2 XL)

 

T-SHIRT PACK 2 - $44:

- Four (4) undated reserved ticket vouchers*

- Plates T-shirt (T-shirt sizes run from small to 2 XL)

 

 

RED WINGS CAP PACK

CapRED WINGS CAP PACK - $44:

- Four (4) undated reserved ticket vouchers*

- Red Wings adjustable cap 

 

 

 

 

 

PLATES CAP PACK

Crew NeckPLATES CAP PACK - $44:

- Four (4) undated reserved ticket vouchers*

- Plates adjustable cap

 

 

 

 

 

* The undated ticket vouchers can be exchanged for any of the Red Wings 70 reguar season home games in 2018. All exchanges must be made at the Red Wings Ticket Office.

There are youth packs available. For more info on these or any of the above packs please call (585) 454-1001 ext. 3055.

 

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The 12 Days of Deals at the Wings Team Store

Deals everyday beginning December 12 thru December 23

By Rochester Red Wings | December 4, 2017 9:52 AM

Give the gift of Red Wings baseball this holiday season! The Red Wings Team Store will be offering 12 straight days of deals beginning Tuesday, December 12 through Saturday, December 23.

THE DEALS:

12/12 (web and in-store): Receive a free holiday ornament with purchase of a holiday pack.

12/13 (web and in-store): $5 off all fitted caps

12/14 (web only): Receive 15% off Plates gear (excluding holiday packs) with promo code "TAFTP"

12/15 (web and in-store)Take 25% off all jerseys

12/16 (web and in-store): Free Red Wings canvas bag with purchase of $25 or more

12/17 (web only)Free shipping on orders over $50

12/18 (web and in-store)*: "Mystery Deal" - Visit @RocRedWings on Twitter for the deal.

12/19 (in-store only): Free Frontier Field print with holiday pack purchase

12/20 (in-store only): Buy one, get one on specific items

12/21 (in-store only): Spin the 'Wings Deal Wheel' at checkout for your discount

12/22 (in-store only): First 25 customers receive a FREE Red Wings mug with purchase

12/23 (in-store only): Receive a $10 gift certificate good for the 2018 season with purchase of $75 or more

 *December 18 is the LAST DAY to order online to ensure delivery by Christmas.

 

Team Store Holiday Hours:

Monday-Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm

Sunday: Closed.

You can shop around-the-clock at redwings.milbstore.com!

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YOU'RE INVITED: Spikes' surprise 21st birthday party

Party set for Saturday, November 11 at Frontier Field

By Rochester Red Wings | October 18, 2017 3:13 PM

FULL NEST! This party has sold out. Stay tuned for details on another event for Spikes!

YOU'RE INVITED!

WHAT: Shhhhhhhhh, Spikes' SURPRISE 21st Birthday Party!

WHERE: Club 3000 on the suite level of Frontier Field

WHEN: Saturday, November 11. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 am with the surprise at Noon.

WHO: Everyone is invited, however the guest list will be capped at 100! Please RSVP to Info@RedWingsBaseball.com. Please include the names and number of guests in the email. 

We'll have pizza, courtesy of Salvatore's, cake and light refreshments for all guests. Each guest will have the chance to make a birthday card for Spikes and get a photo with the Birthday Bird.

In lieu of a present for Spikes (after all what more does he need!), we're encouraging guests to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Hillside's Special Santa Program.

If the weather allows it, kids will be able to run the bases with Spikes and Mittsy at the party just like they would following a Sunday home game.

Remember, admission is FREE, but limited to the first 100 fans so be sure to RSVP today (Info@RedWingsBaseball.com)! Please only RSVP if you are certain you can attend as we want a full nest for the Birthday Bird! We will reply with a confirmation email, letting you know we have received your RSVP.

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THANK YOU, FANS!

Opening Day 2018: Friday, April 6

By Rochester Red Wings | September 5, 2017 11:25 AM

Dear Fans, 
 
On behalf of our front office, Board of Directors, manager Mike Quade, his coaching staff and all our players, we want to say THANK YOU for your incredible support of Red Wings baseball again this season. While we just missed making the playoffs this season, it was another really exciting year both on and off the field in which we finished with the 3rd best (tied) record in the league. No other team in our league has posted a winning record in each of the last five seasons and your support in giving our club a big home field advantage is a key ingredient to our success. 

Thirty three different players played for both the Red Wings and Minnesota Twins this season and many former Red Wings will continue to play a vital role for the Twins the rest of this year and next year. We were fortunate to host some players that will truly be stars in the major leagues for many years to come.
 
We look forward to hosting your family and friends again next season and creating some more lifelong memories. Until next year we hope that the memories of the majestic homeruns, walk off wins, incredible catches, fireworks, ballpark cuisine, autograph appearances, running the bases with Spikes and Mittsy and more will help you survive the off season. Thanks again for your support and remember Opening Day is only 213 days away on Friday, April 6, 2018!
 
Best regards,
 

Naomi Silver
President/CEO/COO

Gary Larder
Chairman     

Dan Mason
General Manager

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Red Wings Announce 2018 Schedule

Opening Day 2018 set for Friday, April 6 at Frontier Field

By Rochester Red Wings | September 1, 2017 11:04 AM

Although there's plenty of unfinished business left in the 2017 season, the Red Wings released their 2018 schedule on Friday. The 22nd season of baseball at Frontier Field will kick-off on Friday, April 6 at 6:05 pm against the Buffalo Bisons.
 
The 70-game home slate includes 33 weekend dates (47%) as well as popular summer holidays Memorial Day (Monday, May 28), Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4) and Labor Day (Monday, September 3).

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE 2018 SCHEDULE

The Wings host the New York Yankees top-affiliate, Scranton/WB RailRiders, on two occasions next season: June 22-24 and July 30 - August 2. Meanwhile, the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) come to town for three separate series: May 18-20, July 4-5 and August 21-23.

As announced earlier this season, Thursdays Are For The Plates! Rochester will take the field as the Plates for all 10 Thursday home games next season and for the first time in 2018 on Thursday, May 3 at 7:05 pm. More details on Plates days/nights to be announced throughout the offseason.

The Wings are home for 12 games in April, followed by 14 in May, 14 in June, 12 in July, 15 in August and 3 in September.

The Triple-A slate takes a three-day hiatus for the All-Star Break July 9-11 in Columbus, OH.

A complete lineup of promotions, including fireworks, giveaways and autograph appearances will be announced early next year.

Season seats for the 2018 season are available for purchase now by visiting the Red Wings Ticket Office during normal business hours or by calling 454-1001. Mini plans will be available in the coming months with single-game tickets going on sale in 2018.

All game times are subject to change.

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Defending Hope benefit set for Sept. 30

Former Wing Darnell to host Alzheimer's benefit

Logan Darnell with his father, brother at the 2015 Red Wings Alzheimer's Awareness event.

By Rochester Red Wings | September 14, 2017 10:26 AM

Join the Rochester Red Wings, Brass Bar and Lounge, QES Solutions, and the Alzheimer's Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter for "Defending Hope" Saturday, September 30.

 

Please join us for an evening full of fun while we raise money and celebrate the efforts of our local Alzheimer's Association chapter.

Your evening will be hosted by former Rochester Red Wing Logan Darnell, whose personal family connection to Alzheimer's prompted him to organize several high profile awareness and fundraising events during his time as a Red Wings player. Logan's efforts for the Alzheimer's Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter were recognized with two Harmon Killebrew Awards for Community Service from the Minnesota Twins.

 

What: Defending Hope to benefit Alzheimer's Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter

Hosted by: Former Red Wings pitcher Logan Darnell

When: Saturday Sept. 30, from 6-10 p.m.

Where: Brass Bar and Lounge, 363 East Ave. at the corner of Alexander St.

Donation: $20 cash at the door, be sure to arrive early and assure your spot at this great event



Your evening will include:

* live music by Worthy Duncan and Brianna Collichio

* Heavy apps will be served

* Guest bartenders just may appear

* Cash bar with drink specials

* Silent auction and raffle prizes

* Appearance by Red Wings mascot Spikes and Red Wings on-field game host Grant Anderson

 

Auction items available for bid include:

* Autographed guitar and gift bag from country music star Thomas Rhett

* Red Wings First Pitch experience for a 2018 home game

* Red Wings VIP behind the scenes tour with VIP parking, four seats behind home plate, and dinner for a 2018 home game

* Autographed items from Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, former big league stars Steve Garvey, Jack Morris, and Mike Timlin, Bills Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and Don Beebe, and Sabres star and Rochester native Brian Gionta - plus a 2017 Red Wings team signed baseball!

and many more unique experiences and items, to benefit our local Alzheimer's Association chapter including items from

*Untamed Elegance Salon
*Q Tours Western NY
*Tony D's 
*The Buzz 95.1's Pauly 
*Guglielmo's Sauce 
*Savoia's Bakery
*Brass Bar and Lounge
*Blue Heron Hills Golf Course 
*Rochester Rhinos
*Rochester Knighthawks
*Marketview Liquor
*Breathe Yoga
*YMCA
*lululemon Clover View Plaza
*Scott Miller Salon

 

Click here for the official Facebook event page and let your friends know you are supporting this special event and cause!



 

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Garver, Granite Named IL Postseason All-Stars

By Rochester Red Wings | August 30, 2017 10:47 AM

Rochester Red Wings catcher Mitch Garver and outfielder Zack Granite have been named to the International League Postseason All-Star Team, the league office announced Wednesday.

Garver had one of the best offensive seasons by a Red Wings catcher in recent memory. He appeared in 66 games at catcher but also played defensively in left field and first base. Garver hit .291/.387/.541 with 29 doubles, 17 home runs, 45 RBI, 50 walks and 56 runs scored in 88 total games.

The Rochester backstop earned his first MLB promotion on August 18. At that time, the former ninth round selection out of the University of New Mexico ranked among the league leaders in slugging percentage (2nd), OPS (2nd, .928), extra-base hits (T-3rd, 46), doubles (T-3rd), on-base percentage (4th) and batting average (9th).

The 14 home runs hit as a catcher are the most by a Wings backstop since at least 1990. Garver became the first Red Wing and only the second player in Frontier Field history to hit three home runs in one game on July 9 vs. Syracuse. He is just the third Rochester catcher since WWII to be named to the IL Postseason All-Star Team, following John Bucha (1951) and Jose Morales (2007).

Granite started slow after dealing with an oblique issue that delayed the beginning of his season by roughly a month. He appeared in 71 games, all starts in center field, while batting .338/.392/.475 with 16 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 29 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.

After batting .237 in 22 May games, the former 14th round pick out of Seton Hall exploded in June to earn the league's Player of the Month honor. He led the league with a .470 batting average, 55 hits, 16 extra-base hits, 23 runs scored, 78 total bases, a .527 on-base percentage and a 1.193 OPS in June while appearing in 29 games. Granite also ranked among the minor league leaders in batting average (1st), hits (1st), on-base percentage (1st), plate appearances (T-1st, 132), total bases (2nd), at-bats (T-3rd, 117), OPS (4th), doubles (T-5th, 11), runs scored (T-6th) and extra-base hits (T-9th) for the month while reaching base safely in all 29 games.

He earned his first big league promotion on July 8 and has since been recalled by Minnesota a second time. Granite is the first Rochester outfielder named to the IL Postseason All-Star Team since Jason Kubel in 2004.

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Wings wallop PawSox in season finale

Playoff spot eludes despite win

By Nick Sciarratta and Ben Wilke / Rochester Red Wings | September 4, 2017 3:57 PM

The Rochester Red Wings defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 10-1 Monday afternoon at Frontier Field, in the final game of the 2017 season. With Lehigh Valley's win Monday, the Iron Pigs claim the wild card playoff spot via the tie breaker based on the regular season series; the Red Wings finish the season with an 80-62 record. It's the first time the Wings have won 80 games in back-to-back seasons since 1974-75. Monday's paid attendance of 9,336 brought the season total to 445,581. 

 

Rochester had a chance to get on the board early in this one as in the second inning, back to back singles off Jaylen Beeks by Daniel Palka and Leonardo Reginatto gave the Wings runners on the corners with only one out. The Red Wings cashed in on this opportunity with a sacrifice fly by J.B. Shuck that scored Palka making it 1-0 Rochester.

The Red Wings padded their lead in the bottom of the third when Robbie Grossman, who is on a rehab stint from the Minnesota Twins, blooped a single behind first base that plated Matt Hague making it 2-0.

Pawtucket cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth inning with a RBI double by Mike Miller off of Wings starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia making it 2-1 Rochester.

Jonathan Rodriguez took Beeks to deep left field in the bottom of the fifth for a two run home run that brought home Robbie Grossman. The home run was Rodriguez's first in a Rochester uniform and it also expanded the lead to 4-1 Red Wings.

That homer brought Beeks' afternoon to a close. Beeks finished with 4.2 innings pitched, allowing six hits, four runs, and three walks while striking out five. He totaled 96 pitches, 59 for strikes.

Mejia was relieved in the top of the sixth by Dietrich Enns. Mejia delivered five innings of work, allowing six hits, one run and two walks. He struck out two on 61 pitches, 42 for strikes.

Hague tacked another run on in the bottom of the seventh by taking Shawn Haviland deep for a home run to left field and making the score 5-1. Reginatto also drove home Levi Michael with an RBI single that added another run to the Rochester total, making it 6-1.

Still in the seventh, J.B. Shuck added three more runs with a home run to deep left field that scored both Palka and Reginatto and stretched the Red Wing lead to 9-1.

Hague added one more run in the eight after he went yard in his second straight at bat that made it 10-1.

Enns added four solid innings of relief out of the bullpen allowing no runs and only giving up four hits while striking out two.

Rochester out-hit Pawtucket 12-10.

 

 

Winning Pitcher: Mejia (1-1)
Losing Pitcher: Beeks (6-7)
Save: Enns (1) 
Box Score - Click here for the box score and play-by-play narrative.

 

 

NOTES: Daniel Palka extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the second inning...With two hits Monday, Matt Hague finished the season leading the league with 149 hits.

 

 

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

1976 - Red Wings 2B Rich Dauer went 2-for-5 in an 11-6 loss to the Syracuse Sky Chiefs, clinching the International League batting title by one point over Charleston's Miguel Dilone. Dauer became the 17th IL batting champion in Red Wings history with his .336 batting average.

2005 - Garrett Jones' two-run homer capped a four-run eighth inning as Rochester rallied past Ottawa 7-4 on Sunday afternoon at Lynx Stadium. With the Red Wings trailing 4-3, Luis Rivas tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Brian Buchanan gave Rochester the lead with an RBI groundout. Jones followed with his team-high 23rd long ball. Corky Miller went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored, while Luis Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and scored twice. Jason Miller (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits in two innings.

 

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1995 -
In its third season as the home of the Norfolk Tides, Harbor Park hosts its first postseason game. To reach the playoffs, Norfolk matched a franchise record with 86 wins, matching a feat of twenty years earlier. It is the first trip to the postseason since 1988 for a club that graduated more than a dozen players to the New York Mets, earning Norfolk designation by "Baseball America" as the Minor League Team of the Year. Unfortunately for the hometown fans, the playoffs don't begin well on this night, as Bobby Valentine's Tides are blanked 2-0 by the Richmond Braves in Game 1 of the semi-finals. The tense five-game series would ultimately be won by Norfolk, but the Tides' couldn't complete their dream season, losing in the Governors' Cup Finals to Ottawa 3 games to 1.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1901- William Lyons, British industrialist (Jaguar cars)... 1918 - Paul Harvey, news commentator (Rest of the story) ... 1949 - Tom Watson, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83)

IT HAPPENED THIS DAY

1993 - Jim Abbott pitched the New York Yankees' first no-hitter in 10 years in a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

1998 - The New York Yankees reached 100 wins on the earliest date in Major League history - five days before the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 1954 Cleveland Indians - with an 11-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The '06 Cubs set the Major League record for fewest games to reach 100 victories (132).

NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY

1965 - Beatles, "Help!" 1975 - Glen Campbell, "Rhinestone Cowboy" 2005 - Mariah Carey - We Belong Together"

 

 

 

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Wings drop 7-2 contest to PawSox

Playoff spot comes down to final game Monday

Matt Hague had two hits and scored a run Sunday.

By Nick Sciarratta and Jim Erbland / Rochester Red Wings | September 3, 2017 9:17 PM

The Rochester Red Wings lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 7-2 Sunday night at Frontier Field. The defeat, combined with Lehigh Valley's doubleheader sweep Sunday, means the International League wild card race will come down to the final game of the regular season Monday. Lehigh Valley and the Red Wings are tied for the wild card spot with a game to play, and the IronPigs own the tiebreaker; the Wings will need to win Monday's regular season finale and have Lehigh Valley lose Monday for the Wings to snag the wild card spot

Monday's game here at 1:35 p.m., is Fan Appreciation Day featuring the FOX Fall Fanfest with an "out of this world" post-game helicopter drop.

 

Pawtucket jumped ahead early in the game with a four-run second inning off of Wings starting pitcher Hector Santiago. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by Matt Dominguez.

The Red Sox added another two-run homer in the fifth inning to make the score 6-0. Bryce Brentz hit his IL-leading 31st home run of the season, which also put an end to Santiago's night.

Santiago went 4.0 innings in a rehab start from the Twins, giving up six earned runs, eight hits, two home runs and one walk. He struck out four batters while throwing 75 pitches (54 strikes). Chris Heston finished the inning in relief.

The PawSox tacked on another run in the top of the sixth inning. Dominguez launched his second home run of the night, to push the lead to 7-0.

Pawtucket starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick started off the game setting down 14 of the first 16 Wings. He worked an efficient 6.0 scoreless innings, throwing 74 pitches (54 strikes), scattering three hits. He added two strikeouts.

Drew Rucinski entered in the eighth inning for the Wings, and tossed two scoreless innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Wings ended the shutout on a two-run double from Daniel Palka to make the score 7-2.

 

Winning Pitcher: Kendrick (5-7)
Losing Pitcher: Santiago (1-2) 
Save: none
Box Score - Click here for the box score and play-by-play narrative.

 

 

NOTES: The game start was delayed 41 minutes by rain and wet grounds...Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman joined the Wings Sunday for a rehab assignment. Grossman was 0-for-4 in Sunday's game, reaching once on a fielding error... Matt Hague added two more hits to improve his IL-leading season total 147 with one game to go; Hague has led the IL in hits three times in his career.

 

NEXT HOME GAME

FAN APPRECIATION DAY - We'll celebrate another season of Red Wings baseball by giving away prizes to fans all game long! As part of Fan Appreciation Day, the Wings will be wearing the faces of our fans on their jerseys! These #ROCtheSummer Selfie Jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Red Wings Community Foundation.

KIDS EAT FREE! - The first 500 kids 12 & under will receive a voucher good for a FREE hot dog, soda and snack item thanks to our friends at Basch & Nickerson LLP.

FOX FALL FAN FEST pres. by FOX Rochester - Celebrate the fall premieres of FOX series "The Orville", "The Gifted" and "Ghosted" with free souvenir cups -1st 500 fans - and a pre-game player autograph session. After the game, a FOX "Out of This World" experience helicopter drop with prizes including a behind the scenes VIP tour of "FOX Rochester's Good Day Rochester" set, behind the scenes VIP tour of Frontier Field, Red Wings Diamond Dollars, Team Store merch, and 2018 tickets.

Get complete promotions info and ticket ordering links anytime at RedWingsBaseball.com/Fun

 

UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS
9/4 vs PAW 1:35 pm LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 3.04 - rehab start) vs LHP Jalen Beeks (6-6, 3.66)
END OF REGULAR SEASON

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

1990 - Rochester beat Syracuse to set a franchise record with 89 wins in the regular season. The win was the Red Wings eleventh in their final twelve regular season games.

2005 - The Red Wings defeated rival Syracuse 5-1 Saturday in the final home game of the season. 12,251 fans witnessed starting pitcher J.D. Durbin allow just one run over seven innings of work. Josh Rabe's three-run home run in the first was all Durbin needed. Brian Buchanan and Garrett Jones led the second inning off with back-to-back singles before Rabe drilled a three-run homer into the visiting bullpen. The home run gives Rabe 11 for the season in just 88 games played. Buchanan added a two-run blast in the sixth inning, scoring Luis Rodriguez, giving Rochester a 5-1 lead.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1926 -
Buffalo's William "Big Bill" Kelly crushes his 41st home run of the year to add to his International League record for long balls in a season. He had surpassed the previous high of 34 (Red Wingo, Toronto, 1922) weeks earlier, securing his second IL home run title in three years. Days later Kelly would end the season with 44 homers to go along with his .330 average and 151 RBI, giving him the League's best RBI total for the 3rd straight season. Kelly's playing career ended in 1930, but he remained in baseball for over 20 more years in a variety of positions. In 1954 he was inducted into the IL Hall of Fame, recognized as the only man to play, manage, and umpire in the International League during his career.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1856 - Louis Sullivan, American architect (father of skyscrapers)... 1955 - Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols)... 1965 - Charlie Sheen, [Carlos Estévez], American actor (Wall St, Platoon)

IT HAPPENED THIS DAY

1977 - Japan's Sadaharu Oh hits the 756th home run of his career to surpass Hank Aaron's total and make him the most prolific home run hitter in professional baseball history.

1981 - The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park's history, 19 innings, before the game was suspended with the score tied 7-7. The Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings when the game resumed the next day.

NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY

1995 - Coolio, "Gangsta's Paradise" 1998 - Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" 2003 - Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather"

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursdays Are For The Plates

Wings to become the Plates every Thursday home game in '18

By Rochester Red Wings | August 11, 2017 2:25 PM

The Rochester Red Wings will become the Rochester Plates for each and every Thursday home game beginning in 2018 due to the overwhelming enthusiastic response of the August 10 promotion, both in Rochester and nationwide.

The Plates Night crowd of 13,281 was the fifth-largest baseball crowd and the third-largest regular season baseball crowd in Frontier Field history. 

SHOP THE PLATES

Rochester players and staff will wear Plates uniforms and hats for Thursday games at Frontier Field in 2018. More details will be announced after the season.

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FOX Fall Fanfest Sept. 4

Helicopter drop, prizes part of the fun

By Rochester Red Wings | August 30, 2017 7:01 PM

The Red Wings and FOX Rochester celebrate our final regular season home game Monday, September 4 with the FOX Fall Fanfest - featuring an "out of this world" post-game experience on the field.

 

To help get you ready for the FOX Rochester fall premieres of "The Orville," "Ghosted," and "The Gifted," join us September 4 when the Wings host the Pawtucket Red Sox at 1:35 p.m. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and the day will include:

* meet Wings players at the front gates, handing out great FOX show merchandise to the first 1,000 fans

* three seating sections will be designated with signage in a random drawing right before the gates open: "The Orville" section, the "Ghosted" section, and "The Gifted" section. Fans in those sections will be part of the action during a post-game "out of this world" experience with a helicopter drop over the outfield. The helicopter will drop hundreds of tennis balls down toward corresponding targets in the outfield; fans in the designated sections will have the chance to win prizes based on which target captures the most tennis balls.

* the Grand Prize: a VIP behind the scenes tour and meeting with FOX Rochester personalities on the "Good Day Rochester" set, a VIP behind the scenes Frontier Field tour, and a personalized Red Wings or Rochester Plates jersey with the winner's name and number on the back

* other post-game prizes part of the helicopter drop include 300 FOX Sports totes and "The Orville," "Ghosted," and "The Gifted" t-shirts... 20 $25 Red Wings Diamond Dollar packs good at the Team Store...and 10 4-ticket voucher packs good for any home game in 2018.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase does not increase your chances of winning. Entrants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if chosen as a winner. Full-time, part-time, seasonal and game day employees of Rochester Community Baseball and RCB Enterprises and their immediate families are not eligible to enter or win. To enter by mail or in person, print your name, address with ZIP code, daytime phone number, and e-mail address, the words "FOX Fall Fanfest," and one of the three featured FOX shows "The Gifted," "Ghosted," or "The Orville," on a sheet of paper and mail it to:

FOX Fall Fanfest
One Morrie Silver Way
Rochester, NY 14608
(must be received by 5 pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017 )

or drop it off at the Red Wings' main office at Frontier Field during regular office hours: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and after 9 a.m. on game days Saturday and Sunday Sept. 2-3.

 

FOX Rochester's Alexis Arnold will throw out the first pitch at the September 4 game.

 

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Reginatto named Batavia Downs POTW

By Rochester Red Wings | August 28, 2017 5:07 PM

Infielder Leonardo Reginatto has been named the Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel Player of the Week for Aug. 21-27.

 

Reginatto was 10-for-23 (.435) for the week, with 3 runs scored, a homer, and 4 RBI. In Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of first place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Reginatto delivered the go-ahead hit in the first game, and the walk-off winning hit in the second game

More on Melville:
9th pro season...has played second and third base, shortstop this season.. pitched two scoreless relief innings Aug. 20 at Louisville...originally signed as undrafted free agent by Tampa Bay 2/9/09.

Stats: Leonardo Reginatto player page

Video: Leonardo Reginatto video highlights


Batavia Downs Racetrack and Batavia Downs Gaming recognize the Red Wings Player of the Week each week during the regular season. Batavia Downs Gaming is a Video Gaming Center owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation in association with the New York Lottery. Western OTB is a public benefit corporation in the State of New York.

Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel
Batavia Downs has nearly 800 Video Gaming Machines with over 100 of the most popular game titles. Hours of operation are 7 days a week, 8 am - 4 am. The Batavia Downs Gaming Player's Club provides exclusive Players' Club discounts, coupons, invitations, and opportunities for prize giveaways.

Dining choices include Fortune's, Thurman Thomas's 34 Rush Sports Bar, Homestretch Grill and the Clubhouse & Rail Bar; click here for dining menus.

The all new Hotel at Batavia Downs offers luxury guest rooms and suites, free breakfast, and much much more...some rooms overlook the track. Click here for The Hotel at Batavis Downs website.

Batavia Downs Racetrack
Batavia Downs Racetrack, America's oldest lighted harness track, features live races beginning July 26 until December 16. There will be Sunday afternoon racing at Batavia Downs from July 30 through August 27 with a 1:15 p.m. post. Matinees are also scheduled for Labor Day September 4 and Columbus Day, October 9 also with 1:15 p.m. starts. Click here for this season's race schedule.

Stay connected: Batavia Downs Gaming/Racetrack Twitter | Facebook | foursquare | Pinterest

 

2017 Player of the Week winners:
April 6-16: P Jose Berrios
April 17-23: P Jason Wheeler
April 24-30: P Jose Berrios
May 1-7: C John Ryan Murphy
May 8-14: OF Zack Granite
May 15-21: P Alan Busenitz
May 22-28: INF/OF Niko Goodrum
May 29-June 4: INF/OF Niko Goodrum
June 5-11: P Nik Turley
June 12-18: OF Zack Granite
June 19-25: C Mitch Garver
June 26-July 2-P David Hurlbut
July 3-9: C Mitch Garver
July 10-16: P Dillon Gee
July 17-23: P Aaron Slegers
July 24-30: P Tim Melville
July 31-Aug. 6: INF Matt Hague
Aug. 7-13 : P Tim Melville
Aug. 14-20: C Mitch Garver
Aug. 21-27: INF Leonardo Reginatto

 

 

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LEGO Play Ball Tour Visits Frontier Field Sept. 1-3

Participation is FREE for all fans with a game ticket.

By Rochester Red Wings | March 13, 2017 12:31 PM

The Rochester Red Wings are excited to announce that the 2017 LEGO Play Ball Tour will visit Frontier Field September 1-3. Families can arrive early for playtime before enjoying the game. Participation in the LEGO Play Ball Tour is FREE for all fans with a game ticket.

The Wings host the Pawtucket Red Sox on Friday, September 1 (7:05), Saturday, September 2 (6:05) and Sunday, September 3 (6:05) as part of the final homestand of the 2017 season.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

The LEGO Play Ball Tour provides an interactive opportunity for kids to have fun before first pitch. Activities on the LEGO Play Ball Tour include building tables for creative play, family challenges, photo opportunities with life-size LEGO models and a chance to build and launch your own LEGO creations down a race ramp.

LEGO Play Ball Tour activities begin when gates open and will continue throughout the game.

"The opportunity for families to enjoy both the affordable fun of a ballgame and a free LEGO creativity experience is a total home run. We are excited to bring this new way to play to stadiums around the country," LEGO Systems, Inc. Event Marketing Manager Vince Rubino said.

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Update Card Set giveaway Aug. 26

30-card super set includes Gonsalves, Colon

The 1st 1,000 fans will get a Wings Update card set on Saturday.

By Rochester Red Wings | August 18, 2017 4:55 PM

Collectorfest Monthly presents the first-ever Red Wings Team Update Set giveaway on Saturday, August 26. The first 1,000 fans will get an updated Red Wings team set, with the gates opening at 5 p.m. for the 6:05 p.m. game against Buffalo (Blue Jays)

 

Inspired by the classic baseball cards of the 1950's and 60's, this 30-card set includes 14 players who have played for the Wings since our first team set came out in June - including Stephen Gonsalves, Bartolo Colon, and Byron Buxton.

The giveaway is sponsored by local card collector and promoter Ernie Orlando. His Collectorfest Monthly event in Webster is the only regularly scheduled monthly collectibles show in Western New York.

"I'm excited to be able to combine my love for collecting with the great history of the Rochester Red Wings," said Orlando. His father and grandfather ran Ness' Barber Shop on Park Avenue, and Orlando said he remembers his dad and grandfather telling him which Wings players used to come to their barber shop - especially his favorite player, Roric Harrison, from the memorable season of 1971.

"There are always Red Wings fans at my sports card and collectible shows. The team update set is a great old-fashioned way to help inspire people to collect," Orlando said.

The 30-card set list:

Tommy Field
Mason Melotakis
Zack Granite
Michael Tonkin
Anthony Recker
J.B. Shuck
Aaron Slegers
John Curtiss
Byron Buxton
Matt Hague
Mitch Garver
Bartolo Colon
Niko Goodrum
Daniel Palka
Trevor Hildenberger
D.J. Baxendale
David Hurlbut
Engelb Vielma
Tim Melville
Jose Berrios
Leonardo Reginatto
Jake Reed
Stephen Gonsalves
Nik Turley
ByungHo Park
Drew Rucinski
Luke Bard
Dietrich Enns
Kennys Vargas
Edgar Corcino

 

Fans can also meet WWE Hall of Famer Ivan "The Polish Power" Putski at Saturday's game.

Putski will sign at Frontier Field from 5-5:40 p.m., and again from 6-6:30 p.m. There will be a $20 fee for autographs and includes an 8 x 10 photo, and photos of and with Putski will also be available for purchase.

Putski's appearance is presented by Collectorfest Monthly as part of their annual Card and Collectibles Show in the concourse that day, beginning when the gates open at 5 p.m. The show will feature sports cards and collectibles, plus pro wrestling items.

Putski will also be appearing at the Sunday, August 27 Collectorfest Monthly show in Webster, signing autographs between 12:30-2 p.m.

 

WWE Hall of Famer Ivan Putski

There have been many powerhouses who competed in the ring, but few were any stronger than the man known as "The Polish Power," Ivan Putski. Although he rarely was the biggest Superstar in a battle, the Krakow, Poland native's tremendous strength, power and quickness allowed him to go toe-to-toe with the sport's best and usually come out on top.

Putski came to WWE in the 1970s, establishing lengthy rivalries with some of the dirtiest grapplers in the game, including Bruiser Brody, Stan Hansen and Ivan Koloff. More often than not, his opponents would challenge him to some type of strength competition, and usually, they would come out on the short end of the stick. Putski was so strong that he competed in the 1978 World's Strongest Man competition.

While primarily a singles star, Putski won his only WWE championship teaming with fellow Hall of Famer Tito Santana. In 1979, Putski & Santana defeated the loudmouth Valiant Brothers (Jerry & Johnny) to capture the World Tag Team Championship, a title they would hold for six months before losing to another pair of Hall of Famers, the unpredictable Wild Samoans.

Putski's in-ring career began to wind down in the 1980s, but he remained one of WWE's most popular Superstars in the early part of the decade. In 1995, Putski was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by son Scott, who followed in his father's sports-entertainment footsteps and achieved some success in WWE and WCW.

Meet WWE Hall of Famer Ivan Putski at Frontier Field on Saturday, August 26.

 

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Red Wings, RailRiders Suspended Tuesday Night

Game will resume at 5:05 Wednesday, game two will begin 30 minutes after

By Rochester Red Wings | August 22, 2017 10:22 PM

Tuesday's game between the Rochester Red Wings and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Frontier Field has been suspended with one out and runners on first and third in the top of the 4th inning with the game tied 4-4.

The first game will resume at 5:05 p.m. and will be a nine-inning game. Upon completion of game one there will be a 30-minute break prior to the second game, which will be seven innings. Gates will open for the single-admission doubleheader at 4 p.m.

As part of our Back to School Night, Mr. Belding will still begin his autograph appearance at 6 pm. The first 1,500 kids 18 and under will recieve a Jose Berrios pencil pouch courtesy of Alfred State.  

Fans with tickets to Tuesday's game can exchange them for equal value seats to any of the nine remaining regular season home dates in 2017 OR any 2018 home game in April or May, excluding Opening Day. All ticket exchanges must be made in person at the Frontier Field Ticket Office. For more information regarding the exchange policy, call 423-WING (9464). 

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Nitro Circus Live Coming to Frontier Field August 18

By Rochester Red Wings | December 1, 2016 7:38 PM

 

After crisscrossing the globe this year on its biggest tour yet, the greatest action sports show on the planet - Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live - will come to Frontier Field on Friday, August 18! Gates are at 6:00 pm (VIP at 5:00), show starts at 7:00!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW...

Coming from out of town and need a hotel room? Click here to book a room at the Holiday Inn Downtown for just $99!

Nitro Circus Live will feature over 30 world-class action sports athletes. It's an all-star international lineup, loaded with the best riders in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, scooter and inline, including multiple X Games medalists. They will perform the biggest tricks in action sports, plus many unbelievable world firsts never attempted before, with an all-new show geared for an outdoor stadium experience. Rochester will also witness a host of outrageous new contraptions that will fly off the famous 40-foot Giganta Ramp (safe landings, however, are not guaranteed).

Since it's 2010 debut, Nitro Circus Live has thrilled fans on five continents. The tour has sold out New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden and played a double sellout at London's O2 arena. Over 35,000 people poured into Johannesburg's FNB Stadium for a massive 2014 show. Now Rochester fans will get to experience the heart-pumping rush that is Nitro Circus Live. 

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Fans looking for the ultimate Nitro Circus experience will want to get their hands on the Nitro Club VIP package. Starting at just $79 each (plus applicable service fees), these passes include the best seats in the house, a sneak peak at rider rehearsal, plus a chance to see a different side of the Nitro Circus athletes during a pre-show Q & A session. Nitro Club pass holders will also receive a souvenir lanyard and an electronically signed Nitro Circus poster, as well as a chance to win cool Nitro Circus swag.

Fans interested in purchasing a suite for Nitro Circus should call the Red Wings front office at (585) 454-1001. Twelve-person suite packages are available for $1,250 and include 12 tickets, 4 VIP parking passes, 12 hots dogs, 12 burgers, 2 pizzas and 3 six-packs of soda/water. Additional suite tickets avaiable for $80/person.

About Nitro Circus:
Named #22 on Forbes magazine's 2015 list of, "America's Most Promising Companies," Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the world's leading youth action sports & entertainment brand. From humble beginnings in 2003 - with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and soon to be action sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage -- to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity. In 2012, Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in cinemas worldwide. In 2015, Nitro Circus announced a partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. The multi-year strategic alliance features TV specials, such as the recent Nitro World Games, and series programming airing nationally in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN as well as streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra. 

The TV show was transformed by action sports industry guru, now current CEO, Michael Porra into a must-see live event in 2010, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek six years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over three million fans and sold out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa. After over 70 shows globally in 2016 and with more shows coming up worldwide in 2017, Nitro Circus is undoubtedly the world's most successful action sports touring brand. For more information visit www.nitrocircus.com

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Red Wings to become the Plates for Aug. 10 game

Plates merchandise on sale online and in-store

By Rochester Red Wings | July 4, 2017 1:37 PM

The Rochester Red Wings are changing their name…for one night anyway. The Wings will take the field as the Rochester Plates on Thursday, August 10 at 7:05 pm paying homage to the cuisine most synonymous with our great city - the garbage plate!

To commemorate the one-night name change, the Plates unveiled a new on-field cap and jersey to be worn on August 10.

"There is nothing more Rochester than the Garbage Plate," said Plates General Manager Dan Mason. "There isn't another food item that Rochesterians are more proud of or that is more celebrated in our city than the Garbage Plate and we can't wait to take the field as the Plates!" 

THE ORIGIN:
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Garbage Plate which originated at Nick Tahou Hots just around the corner from Frontier Field.
 
"When my grandfather opened the business in 1918 they called it 'Hots and Potatoes', then in the 80's we started to get a bunch of college kids who came in and didn't know what it was, so they would just say 'Gimme a plate with all that garbage on it' and the name stuck," recalled Alex Tahou owner of Nick Tahou Hots.

*For those not from Rochester: A Garbage Plate is two burgers (or two hot dogs) served on a bed of mac salad and home fries and topped with meat hot sauce and onions.

Over the years, several local establishments have put their own spin on the Garbage Plate.

MERCHANDISE:

GET YOUR PLATES GEAR HERE

Plates merchandise, including on-field, adjustable and flex fit caps, replica jerseys and t-shirts are on sale now at RedWingsBaseball.com and at the Team Store at Frontier Field. The Team Store is open Monday-Friday from 10 am - 5 pm.

All fans who purchase Plates merchandise prior to August 10 will receive a coupon for $2 OFF a ticket to the August 10 game. If purchasing online, customers will be sent an email with a promo code for $2 OFF tickets to Plates Night.

Fans are encouraged to share their Plates merchandise on social media using #ROCPlates for a chance to win a Plates Prize Pack which includes four premium tickets to Plates Night, a Plates cap and team-signed Plates jersey.

ABOUT THE HATS AND JERSEYS:
Our on-field caps and jersey were designed by Brandiose. The cap features two cheeseburgers on a bed of golden home fries and creamy mac salad topped with Rochester meat hot sauce, sprinkled with chopped onions and adorned with a mustard 'R' all served on a home plate.
 
With the jersey we went with a throwback layered concept including a layer of home fries, mac salad, cheeseburgers, hot sauce and onions. As Rochesterians know, the only way to eat a plate is with a plastic fork so we included that as well with the word plates drizzled in mustard.

PLATES NIGHT - THURSDAY, AUGUST 10:
Plates Night will be just that, a tribute and celebration of the Garbage Plate. Our in-game promotions will feature a plate-eating contest, a bobbing for burgers promo and everything else Plates!

For one night only, Nick Tahou's will have their trailer set up on the concourse serving up the original Garbage Plate.

Each of our concession stands will be creating their very own plate. Here's the rundown:

RED OSIER - Osier Plate: Seasoned baked potato, split and piled with sandwich size Red Osier beef smothered with cheese, hot sauce and diced onion.

BIG RED BBQ - Que Plate: Baked beans and coleslaw with Big Red pulled pork piled on top. Add nacho crumbs, nacho cheese and sliced jalapeño.

HOME PLATE - Home of the Home Plate and the Trash Can!

BATTER UP - Chicken Finger Plate: Home fries and mac salad with three chicken fingers, meat hot sauce and diced onions piled on top.

MAMA MITTSY'S - Plate Calzone: Home fries and pepperoni wrapped in our fresh pizza dough and covered with meat hot sauce.

POP 'N' HOTS - Slugger Plate: French fries topped with a ½-pound Zweigle's hot dog, chili, grated cheddar and diced onion.

BLACK ANGUS GRILL - Philly Plate: Philly cheesesteak atop fries and mac salad. Hot sauce, diced onion and sautéed peppers and onions on top.

SAY CHEESE! - Mac Plate: Mac 'n cheese with meat hot sauce and diced onions.

ICE CREAM PLUS - Compost Can: A cup of vanilla ice cream layered with brownie and chocolate chip cookie bits and topped with whipped cream and gummy worms.

'SUP DOG! - Home to the Plate Dog!
 
August 10 is also our final pre-game happy hour of the season. Enjoy $2 beers, live music (act TBD) and tailgate games out by the 10th Inning Bar. Every Thursday this season is College Night - students who present a valid college ID at the box office can buy a $10 ticket which includes $5 Diamond Dollars which can be used at the Team Store or concession stands.

Tickets are available at RedWingsBaseball.com, at the Red Wings Ticket Office or by calling (585) 423-WING (9464)!

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Wings of Hope event set for Aug. 12

Auction part of suicide awareness initiative

The Red Wings will wear special jerseys and caps on August 12.

By Rochester Red Wings | May 24, 2017 12:04 PM

Rochester Community Baseball, Sharing Kindness, Inc., and Villa of Hope present "Wings of Hope" to raise awareness of suicide risk factors, suicide prevention and community resources for treatment. The event takes place Sunday, August 12 - presented by The Urena Family and Young Explosives. 

Special Red Wings jerseys, hats, and unique collectibles and experiences will be available for auction at the Sunday, August 12 game. All proceeds of the auction will benefit Villa of Hope and Sharing Kindness, Inc. That game is a designated "Kids Club Day" and will include an appearance by "Cinderella," her Step-Sisters and Fairy Godmother, and a chance for kids to run the bases with Spikes and Mittsy after the game.

All Red Wings auctions in 2018 will utilize the Live Source mobile app. For more information on bidding click here (pdf document). The auction will go live on August 12 at 12 noon ET.

 

A partial list of Aug. 12 collectible and experience auction items (check back here for new items being added)

* First Pitch certificate for a 2019 home game
* Behind the scenes VIP ballpark tour, tickets, parking and dinner at a 2018 or 2019 home game
* Guest co-host all on-field promotions with Grant Anderson at a 2018 home game
* Tigers/Jays/Twins pitcher and new Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Morris signed color photo
* NFL Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas signed color photo
* Red Sox/Yankees pitcher Luis Tiant signed color photo
* Red Sox/Blue Jays pitcher Mike Timlin signed color photo
* Red Sox World Series hero Bernie Carbo signed color photo
* NY Mets manager Bobby Valentine signed color photo
* NY Mets/Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra signed color photo
* "Gotham" star David Mazouz signed color photo
* 2018 Red Wings team signed International League baseball
* 2018 Red Wings Update Card Set uncut sheet

The day will also feature relevant resource information tables staffed by Villa of Hope, WikBrothers.com, StopTheStigmaRoc and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The event began in 2017 with help from former Red Wings pitcher Jason Wheeler, who personally knows the effect suicide has on a family, "Mental illness and suicide have personally affected me and my family. We lost my 16 year-old brother-in-law Jeremy in the fall of 2016. Since this tragedy, we have been astonished at not only how common mental illness and suicide are, but also how unable we are as a society to speak about them because of the strong stigma associated with these issues. As a family, we are working towards eliminating stigma surrounding suicide, and changing the perception in our communities that mental illness is different from any other illness. We feel very fortunate to be partnering with the Red Wings and Villa of Hope, with the support of The Urena Family and Young Explosives, to help raise mental health awareness, improve education, and start