The Tri-City ValleyCats, the Class-A Short Season affiliate of the Houston Astros are members of the New-York Penn League. The relocation that brought the ValleyCats to Troy, NY, ended the city's 86-year drought without a professional baseball team. The franchise known today as the Tri-City ValleyCats had previously been based in Pittsfield, Mass., as an affiliate of the Mets before the Astros became the parent organization. While playing as the Pittsfield Mets, an affiliation that ran from 1989 through the 2000 season, the franchise made five trips to the postseason and won one New York-Penn League title. The Astros took over the team for the 2001 season, changed the name to the Pittsfield Astros but moved the team after only one season. The move to Troy and the rebranding as the Tri-City ValleyCats saw the franchise get back to the top of the New York-Penn League, as they've made eight playoff appearances and won three more league titles, one as recently as 2018. Get your Tri-City ValleyCats tickets today at StubHub.
Do the Tri-City ValleyCats have any rivals?
The Tri-City ValleyCats play a multitude of rivalry games every season. The ValleyCats and the Hudson Valley Renegades, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, face off in the I-87 Rivalry named after the road that connects the two towns. The ValleyCats also have rivalries with the Boston Red Sox affiliate, the Lowell Spinners and the Staten Island Yankees, who are affiliated with the New York Yankees. The Tri-City ValleyCats also share a division with the Vermont Lake Monsters. The Lake Monsters are the Class-A Short Season affiliate of the Astros' divisional rival, the Oakland Athletics.
Have any notable players played for the Tri-City ValleyCats?
The 2017 World Series featured six players that played for the ValleyCats before they made it to the Majors. Kike Hernandez, Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, Joe Musgrove, Derek Fisher and George Springer are all Tri-City ValleyCats alumni who have found Major League success. Other notable ValleyCats who have made a splash at the next level include Ben Zobrist, Hunter Pence, Bud Norris and J.D. Martinez.
Where do the Tri-City ValleyCats play their home games?
Opened in 2002, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is the home of the Tri-City ValleyCats games. The stadium was built for the newly relocated franchise and boasts a seating capacity of 4,500. In addition to the standard ballpark concession options, "The Joe" as it has come to be called, also offers several regional food options. Seating options are plentiful at Bruno Stadium. In addition to your traditional bowl-style seating, there is a large party deck at the end of the left field concourse as well as grassy berms in both left and right field for those who want to stretch out and enjoy a game from the lawn. Also, Bruno Stadium was designed with the kids in mind as there is a large play zone with inflatables and even a sensory path for those needing a break.
Who is the manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats?
Wladimir Sutil has been named as the manager for the 2020 Tri-City ValleyCats. With the announcement, Sutil becomes the first former ValleyCats player to move onto managing the team. In the 2005 season, Sutil played 59 games for the ValleyCats and earned New York-Penn League Mid-Season All-Star honors. The 2020 season will be Sutil's seventh within the Astros' organization and his fourth of a manager. Prior to being named the manager for the ValleyCats, Coach Sutil spent three seasons as the manager of the Gulf Coast League Astros where he put up a record of 79-81.
Where can I buy Tri-City ValleyCats tickets?
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