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May proclaimed Baseball Month in Rochester

Ballpark to host games on 26 of 31 May days
April 29, 2012


Frontier Field to host games on 26 of 31 days in May; Monroe County issues proclamation

ROCHESTER, NY – The Rochester Red Wings and Monroe County today proclaimed May as Baseball Month in Rochester. Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks made the announcement.

Frontier Field in downtown Rochester is hosting games on 26 of the 31 days in May, the most of any calendar month during the baseball season. The Red Wings in 2012 are sharing Frontier Field with the Empire State Yankees while their home of PNC Field in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre undergoes a season-long renovation. A total of 109 games will be played at Frontier Field in 2012.

“This is a historic baseball season in Rochester with a record 109 games that we’re hosting, including 26 in May, which is the most for a month this season or in any season,” Mason said. “Quite simply, with so many games, it’s Baseball Month in Rochester. May will be a month unlike any other. We’ll have something for everyone, whether they’re a baseball purist, a casual fan, a hungry fan, or just a visitor of this great city and county.”

“Rochester Community Baseball has played a significant role in this city and county for more than a century,” Brooks said. “It still is Baseball City USA, and Baseball Month in Rochester celebrates that distinction even more. This is a unique opportunity for all fans of the game to be a part of something special.”

“The only thing better than baseball is more baseball,” said Red Wings President/CEO Naomi Silver. “This unique season, and month, is one we'll be taking about for years to come. Everyone will want to say they were a part of it."

Fans attending one game a week during Baseball Month in Rochester will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win the grand prize of a one-year lease on a 2012 Toyota Camry, courtesy of Hoselton Toyota. Other prizes to be given away for those fans who qualify include:

• Lunch with the Red Wings coaching staff
• Batting practice at Frontier Field
• Throwing a Ceremonial First Pitch
• Broadcast an inning with The Voice of the Wings™ Josh Whetzel
• A suite for 16 people, complete with food and beverages, for one game
• Serving as an Honorary Bat Boy or Honorary Bat Girl
• Jersey signed by the entire Red Wings team
• Ball signed by the entire Red Wings team
• Tour of the clubhouses
• Taking a Red Wing to school or work


All fans who qualify will automatically receive two tickets to a regular-season game at Frontier Field in 2012. Click here for the rules and regulations.

Upholding their role as a vibrant participant in the community, the Red Wings have partnered with Monroe County and Frontier Field to host a not-for-profit organization in a complimentary Diamond Suite during every game of Baseball Month in Rochester. The suite for 16 people comes complete with a food and beverage package.

A raffle for autographed memorabilia will also be held at each of the 26 games during Baseball Month in Rochester. Raffle tickets are $1, and one hundred percent of the money raised will be divided up among the 26 not-for-profit groups that enjoy the complimentary suite. Memorabilia includes items from across Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball.

The list of area community groups benefiting during Baseball Month in Rochester includes:


Al Sigl Community of Agencies
American Red Cross
Camp Good Days and Special Times
Catholic Family Center
Gilda's Club of Rochester
Hillside Family of Agencies
Honor Flight Rochester
Mary Cariola Childrns Cntr
National Kidney Foundation
PAWS (Providing Animal Welfare Services)
Reality Check
United Way
Urology Associates of Rochester
Volunteers of America



Spikes and Mittsy, the beloved mascots of the Red Wings, will make a public appearance during each of the 31 days of Baseball Month in Rochester as well. Every morning, the Red Wings will announce where the mascots will make their lunch-time appearance.

The Red Wings will also conduct an essay contest, open to all ages. The Wings are asking their fans “When, where, and how did you fall in love with baseball?” The winner, which will be selected from a panel of Red Wings front-office staff and uniformed personnel, will receive a complimentary suite for 16 people to a regular-season game and an on-field batting practice visit that includes a meet-and-greet with Red Wings players and coaches. The winner will also present his/her essay to the Frontier Field crowd prior to the Saturday, June 2 game vs. Columbus. Fans may submit their essay (limit 800 words)by May 31 to [email protected] or by mail:

Rochester Red Wings
c/o Baseball Month in Rochester Essay Contest
One Morrie Silver Way
Rochester, NY 14608

Baseball Month in Rochester will conclude on May 31 with a special tripleheader at Frontier Field. Following the Empire State Yankees game with Toledo (Tigers), the Double-A and Triple-A Section 5 High School Baseball Championships will take place under the lights.

Baseball Month in Rochester starts with a 22-game homestand for the Red Wings and Yankees. It also features five Fireworks Nights (May 4-5, 11, 18-19) and three Businessperson Specials: May 10 at 1:05 p.m., May 22 at 11:05 a.m., and May 31 at 12:05 p.m. In addition, on Mother’s Day, May 13, kids and their moms can play catch on the field after the Durham Bulls-Empire State Yankees game. The Yankees game against Toledo on Memorial Day, May 28, will have a special 4:05 p.m. start time.


About Hoselton Auto :
Hoselton Auto Mall has been serving Rochester and the surrounding communities since 1920. They are proud to still be family owned and operated with current president and fourth generation great grandson Drew Hoselton. Hoselton Auto Mall has one of Rochester’s largest selections of new and pre-owned vehicles conveniently located on over 17 acres at Fairport and Marsh Roads, East Rochester. Hoselton Auto Mall sells new Toyotas, Scions, Chevrolets, and Nissans and has a large selection of pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles. They have extensive service and parts departments along with a collision shop and commercial vehicle line. Hoselton prides themselves on strong company values of Faith, Integrity, Respect and Longevity and a mission to serve family and community.The company can be found on the Internet at

About the Red Wings:
The Rochester Red Wings are the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The Red Wings are operated by Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. and have been a community-owned pro baseball franchise since 1957; Rochester's pro baseball history dates back to 1885.

The Red Wings and Frontier Field have been selected to host the New York Yankees' Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club for 37 games in 2012, while the Scranton ballpark undergoes major renovations. Wings fans will benefit from eight additional Red Wings vs. Yankees games here, plus 29 more games featuring top Yankees prospects against other International League clubs.


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