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UPDATE (following news conference) 3:15pm:
The Batavia Muckdogs have inked a 2-year contract extension with the parent club St. Louis Cardinals.

But that’s no guarantee the team will be sticking around in Batavia.

Under the agreement, the Muckdogs will continue to be a farm club for the Cardinals. Players for the Muckdogs will continue to rise the ranks of the St. Louis Cardinals organization, with the pinnacle being the Cardinals' major league ballclub.

In a news conference outside Dwyer Stadium this afternoon, Genesee County Baseball Club President Brian Paris confirmed that the agreement with St. Louis doesn’t lock the team down in Batavia.

"Where the ballclub ends up - I can't tell you that," said Paris. "I can confirm, though, that we're going to be with the Cardinals for 2 more years.

"However, let me say this: we are pursuing a buyer."

Rochester Red Wings CEO Naomi Silver was also present today. She seemed to offer hope that her club might continue to help Batavia – if the chips fall just right, and there is no buyer for the team.

"We certainly aren't going to leave Batavia in a lurch," she said.
"If the details of a sale have not been worked out (by next season), we would be willing to come in and help out Batavia and continue to run the ballclub, if that's what the Muckdogs want and if all parties are agreeable to that.

"A baseball team in a community is extremely important. We would never put Brian and the GCBC in a position to lose their franchise."

Though Paris wouldn't speculate on where the team might be next year, Naomi Silver offered her foresight:

"I think the chances of baseball being in Batavia in 2011 are extremely strong," she affirmed. "I think we're pretty confident in that."

Again, the Muckdogs are extending their relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals but not guaranteeing that the team will stick around.



ORIGINAL REPORT 1:33pm:
An announcement today from the Batavia Muckdogs: but not the word baseball fans are hoping for.
The Muckdogs say they have extended their working relationship with the St. Louis Cardinals for two more years.
Muckdogs General Manager Travis Sick says this does not mean that the team will be in Batavia for two more years.
Sick said this is not the announcement baseball fans have been waiting for.
He termed the extension of the agreement as “good news for the team” and a positive development.
The matter of whether or not there will be a team in Batavia next year still comes down to corporate sponsorship.

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