Yankees AAA team to play games at Frontier, in Batavia

By THOMAS ADAMS - 9/30/2011 3:38:07 PM

The Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees will play 37 International League games at Frontier Field next season and seven in Batavia while their home field is renovated, officials announced Friday.

Frontier Field is home to the Rochester Red Wings of the International League. The Red Wings and the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A New York-Penn League are managed and operated by Rochester Community Baseball Inc.

“We are delighted to be able to bring these additional Triple-A baseball games to the fans of the Rochester and Batavia areas,” said Naomi Silver, Red Wings president, CEO and chief operating officer, in a statement.

Scranton/Wilkes Barre, the Class AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, will play all 72 home games at alternate locations while its ballpark in Scranton undergoes $40 million in upgrades, officials said.

The team also will play six home games in Buffalo, 10 in Syracuse, eight in Allentown, Pa., and four in Pawtucket, R.I.

“We will establish our base of operations in Rochester with more than half our home games played right here in Rochester,” New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

“This will be a very interesting experience for our players, and we’re looking forward to having our highest-level prospects playing in front of the legions of Yankees fans all across Upstate New York and into Allentown and Pawtucket.”

Scranton/Wilkes Barre will resume playing home games in Scranton in 2013.

“From an economic development standpoint, it will also be a home run for our community because it will create more jobs, fill more hotel rooms and spur on more business in our community thanks to the Yankees and visiting teams being here for those 37 additional dates,” Red Wings general manager Daniel Mason said in the statement.

“This should also be an economic boom for Batavia as well as a great opportunity for Muckdogs fans to see Triple-A baseball in their own backyard for the first time ever.”

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