WXXI AM News

red wings

The Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday night unanimously approved a new long term lease for the Rochester Red Wings.

That lease, which is for 10 years with an option to renew for another 10, was first announced late Monday afternoon by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver, who is CEO for Rochester Community Baseball.

They had announced the framework of an agreement last August, but that lease deal apparently got bogged down in various details. Dinolfo has said one complicating factor has been the move away from the county using Local Development Corporations.

The Red Wings are staying in Rochester. The county and the team announced a ten-year deal at a news conference on Monday. This comes as a relief to fans who were worried about the team’s future in Rochester, and the possibility of having two empty stadiums in the city.

We discuss the deal and how a team like the Red Wings impacts the community. Our guests:

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

There will be Red Wings baseball at Frontier Field, as originally planned this season.

That news came down late Monday afternoon, as Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver who is the CEO for Rochester Community baseball, announced a 10 year deal from now through 2028 with an option to renew it for another 10 years after that.

The ongoing squabble over what will happen with the lease that the Rochester Red Wings have with Monroe County to continue playing baseball in Frontier Field took on new urgency on Thursday.

The International League sent a memo to Rochester Community Baseball CEO Naomi Silver and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo advising that in order for the Red Wings to play their home opener in Rochester on April 6th, the league needs certain documents by March 1st, or the league will go ahead with a plan to have the Wings play their home games in another city.

Rochester Red Wings

The Rochester Red Wings have named a new manager. Joel Skinner will manage the team next year.  The 56 year old Skinner has managed 12 minor league seasons since 1995 and also served as interim manager of the Cleveland Indians in 2002.

Skinner takes over for Mike Quade, who managed the Red Wings for the last three seasons.

Skinner also had a 15-year professional career from 1983-91 playing with the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.

Provided photo / Rochester Red Wings Baseball

The garbage plate is so synonymous with Rochester, the city's baseball team decided it was time to change their name to reflect it. Well, for a day anyway.

The Rochester Red Wings will be known as the Rochester Plates, but just for one game, on Thursday, August 10. The team will wear a jersey and cap that pays homage to the Rochester culinary creation.

Shareholders of Rochester Community Baseball, which operates the Red Wings, met Saturday to review the 2015 season. Board Chair Gary Larder told WXXI the Wings finished with a pre-tax profit of $445,000.

"It's our objective clearly to make a profit so we can stay in business. But that's not what we're really all about. We're really all about having reasonably-priced family entertainment."

The staff for the Rochester Red Wings will have their hands full this summer as the Empire State Yankees play 37 of their home games at Frontier Field – the first of which is Monday night.

Combined with the Wings' schedule, that's 109 games, and Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason says adding all these extra games represents both a risk and a reward.

Mason says the extra work will be taxing on the full-time staff, and the club hopes to make some money on the deal.