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The Rochester Red Wings announced their intention Thursday to field a 142-game schedule with the home opener scheduled for April 13 - 589 days after their last game at Frontier Field.

Naomi Silver, president and COO of Rochester Community Baseball, said the decision was made by Major League Baseball in concert with other teams in the International League. She’s anxious to get the team back on the field.

“It's very exciting we haven’t had this much optimism for some time, so this is great news,” said Silver.

Monroe County to foot bill for Frontier Field upgrades

Jan 29, 2021
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Monroe County will invest at least $1 million this year, and likely millions more in the years to come, to upgrade Frontier Field to new facility standards being imposed by Major League Baseball, County Executive Adam Bello announced Friday.

Bello said the final cost of the renovations was uncertain, but declined to put a limit on how much the county would be willing to spend.


The Washington Nationals will be the new parent club for the Rochester Red Wings.

That’s according to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who said Thursday that the Nationals have picked the Red Wings as their new Triple-A Minor League affiliate team.

The Nationals will be only the fourth parent team for the Red Wings in the team’s nearly century-long history, replacing the Minnesota Twins, which had been affiliated with the team from 2003 to 2020.


After 17 seasons, it appears the Minnesota Twins will no longer be the Triple-A parent club for the Rochester Red Wings.

A statement was released by the Red Wings on Tuesday night saying the team was informed by the Twins that their “long-term affiliation has most likely come to an end.”  The Twins and Red Wings became affiliated in September 2002 and were together for 17 seasons. They were slated to be partners in 2020 but the season was canceled due to the pandemic.


In what seemed inevitable, the Rochester Red Wings' 2020 season has been canceled. This comes as Major League Baseball informed Minor League Baseball that it won’t provide players for the 2020 season. 

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Professional baseball’s roots in Rochester go back to the 1800s. The precursors to the Red Wings began play in 1877, and the franchise started in 1899. They’re one of the longest-running pro baseball teams in the world.

Through two world wars, the Great Depression, baseball strikes and many more ups and downs, every Rochester summer has had professional baseball. 

Until now.

24 years ago this summer, the Rochester Red Wings played their last regular season game at Silver Stadium. The ball park on Norton Street had been the Red Wings’ home for nearly 70 years. On Sunday – Father’s Day – WXXI-TV will re-air the broadcast of that last game. It's called "Last at Bat: A Silver Stadium Farewell."

This hour on Connections, our guests discuss the impact of Silver Stadium and the Wings, and how baseball has been affected by the pandemic. Our guests:

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As far as Fred Costello can see, two good things have emerged from The Summer of 2020.

"My home studio has never looked so clean," he says. "My dog gets a lot of walks."

Otherwise, "Honestly, I'm bored. Have you ever seen that movie 'Groundhog Day'? That's what life has become. I get up the same time every morning. I'm watching the same TV shows during the day. It's like, oh my God, I'm not a man of schedule. I mean, I'm always running, between the studio and gigs, the ballpark, you know."


Local companies continue to step up in terms of donating products and services to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the latest donations, the Rochester Red Wings are donating 300,000 medical grade gloves.

Employees from the Wings’ Food and Beverage Department loaded up a county truck on Monday. Team President Naomi Silver says they are proud to contribute to the selfless efforts of area medical personnel and first responders.

Minor League Baseball

The Rochester Red Wings are planning a special tribute in June as part of the national celebration going on this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Negro Leagues baseball.

Both Major and Minor League Baseball this year are recognizing the contributions of Negro League players to the game of baseball and to also provide some historic perspective.

In Rochester, the Red Wings are planning a special celebration on June 19, with a tribute to the Rochester American Giants. They were a team of black players who played in Rochester in 1948.