Earlier this month, Rochester Senator Joe Robach, along with colleagues from the Town of Gates, congratulated and honored The Battery, located in Gates, on its 30th anniversary. A small family owned and run business, The Battery is proud to have contributed to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people. The Battery and Senator Robach were proud of all the students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts , and proud to have a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.
One of the most famous alumni of the The Battery is Andy Parrino, a shortstop and second baseman on the Major League Baseball American League team, the Oakland Athletics. Andy was raised in Brockport and attended Le Moyne College for three years before being drafted by the San Diego Padres. During his time in the major leagues with the Padres, Andy had the privilege to play in the some of the most hallowed stadiums in sports history. When he returns home, in addition to spending time with his family, the Battery’s owner and operator Grace Tillinghast states that Andy makes sure that he returns to his Battery family to train and teaching with current Battery students.
The Battery is Rochester’s first indoor baseball and softball training facility in Western New York. It was founded in 1983 by former Red Wings to provide a much needed indoor training facility to area baseball and softball fans. Since then, thousands of young people have attended our successful programs and taken their game to the next level. The mission is to develop serious players, regardless of age or skill level, to maximize their potential in the game of baseball or softball… and ultimately teaching skills that transfer over to success in life.