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With the loss of the Cleveland Indians franchise, the Batavia Trojans would go back to co-op. Going 23-54 on the season they had very little to offer on the field save for Craig Faulkner’s 13 2B, 16 HR, .273 performance. No one from this team would make the Major Leagues. Batavia needed another team like the Cleveland Indians to come to their rescue, (and the Pirates were up in Watertown if that’s what you were thinking). The Phillies however… they would pick up the vacancy. Philly had done well here in their one season at Dwyer Stadium and they didn’t forget it. This time when they returned, they would make up for their quick departure in a big way. Philadelphia signed a new PDC with Batavia that would last nearly 2 decades... 19 years of baseball altogether at Dwyer Stadium. It would not only take them into the new millennium, it would take them into a new baseball stadium as well. Batavia also ditched the Trojans moniker and renamed the team, the Batavia Clippers… their original name when they played in the PONY League, and a name with which they had won back to back championship titles under. As you would expect, they didn’t come around right away. It would take a year of tinkering and the Clippers played 13 games under .500 in 1988. They would however feature their first new star while under the Phillies umbrella. Andy Ashby would go 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in 6 starts on his way to a 2 time All-Star career with the San Diego Padres.