Cardinals Renew Batavia Working Agreement

The St. Louis Cardinals have committed to keep their New York-Penn League team in Batavia, NY for two more seasons, 2009 and 2010.

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have agreed to renew their player development contract with the Batavia (NY) Muckdogs, continuing the relationship for an additional two years. Batavia has been home to the organization's low-A ballclub for the previous two seasons, in which the team has a 77-71 combined record.

This season, the Muckdogs finished the year with a 46-28 record and clinched the Pinckney Division title of the New York-Penn League, becoming the first Batavia team in 10 years to make a trip to the playoffs.

"We've enjoyed our two years in Batavia," stated Cardinals Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak. "We are grateful for Naomi Silver and Dan Mason as they look to build a successful franchise in Batavia. We look forward to the next two years there."

On Monday night, Batavia fell 4-3 in 12 innings at Lowell in Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals. Tuesday's announcement will be made prior to the start of Game 2 of the playoffs in Batavia. Cardinals Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow will be on hand for the announcement in Batavia.

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