Charles E. Schumer

11/12/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/12/2020 13:01

WITH FUTURE OF RED WINGS AFFILIATION UP IN THE AIR, SCHUMER MAKES PERSONAL CALL TO MLB COMMISSIONER MANFRED, URGES MLB TO KEEP HIGH-LEVEL BALL IN ROCHESTER & ENSURE A NEW TOP[...]

11.12.20

On Tuesday, The Minnesota Twins Ended Their Nearly Two-Decades-Long Affiliation With The Rochester Red Wings

Senator Says Red Wing's Legions of Loyal Fans Deserve, Swift Decision On New Affiliation

Schumer: Time For a New Top-Notch Major League Franchise to Slide Into Home In Rochester

A longtime fan of baseball and supporter of baseball teams across New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer yesterday, on a personal call to Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner, Rob Manfred, urged MLB to do right by the Rochester Red Wings and quickly facilitate and announce the new top-notch Major League affiliation for the team. Schumer explained that the Red Wings and their fans deserve to know ASAP that high-level professional baseball will remain in Rochester and what the new affiliation is going to be, because not only does the team have a great reputation for being one of the best-run operations in Minor League Baseball, but Rochester's huge and loyal fan base puts the Red Wings in the top half of attendance for Triple-A teams.

'The Rochester Red Wings are a well-supported institution here in the Flower City and have weaved themselves into the very fabric of our community. As the longest continuously operating franchise in Minor League Baseball, the team has a stellar reputation as one of the best operations in the league - with very impressive attendance,' said Senator Schumer. 'I told my friend Commissioner Manfred that fans throughout the Rochester-Finger Lakes region deserve to know their team's affiliation for the 2021 season ASAP. I assured the commissioner that there is no doubt the Red Wings will knock it out of the park for their new team affiliate, so it's time to find a proper top-notch Major League affiliate to slide into home in Rochester and deliver for the Red Wing's legions of fans.'

Naomi Silver, President, CEO & COO of the Rochester Red Wings said, 'I can't thank Senator Schumer enough, on behalf of the Red Wings and the entire community, for going to bat for us with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The senator certainly has the best interest of our Minor League teams in New York State, and it's very much appreciated as we wait anxiously to learn about the future of our Major League affiliation.'

Since 1928, the Red Wings have only had three parent teams: the St. Louis Cardinals from 1928 to 1960, the Baltimore Orioles from 1961 to 2002, and the Minnesota Twins from 2003 to 2020. The next Major League affiliate team for the Red Wings will only be its fourth parent team in the Rochester team's nearly century-long history.

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