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Tri-City ValleyCats
Founded in 1977
Troy, New York
Team Logo
Cap Insignia
  • Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
  • Tri-City ValleyCats (2002-present)
  • Pittsfield Astros (2001)
  • Pittsfield Mets (1989-2000)
  • Little Falls Mets (1977-1988)
Minor league titles
League titles 1984
Division titles 1984, 2004, 2006
Owner(s)/Operated by: Bill Gladstone
Manager: Jim Pankovits
General Manager: Rick Murphy

The Tri-City ValleyCats are a minor league baseball team based in Troy, New York. (The tri-cities comprise Albany, Schenectady and Troy, which make up New York State's Capital District.) The team, which plays in the New York - Penn League (NYPL), is the Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball club.

Prior to their arrival in Troy, the club was based first in Little Falls, New York, as the Little Falls Mets from 1977 to 1988, and then in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, as the Pittsfield Mets (1989 to 2000) and Pittsfield Astros (2001).

The ValleyCats play at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium which opened in 2002 on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College located in Troy. They compete in the Stedler Division with the Vermont Lake Monsters, Oneonta Tigers, and Lowell Spinners. In their 2006 season, the ValleyCats registered an attendance of 129,126 in 37 contests, averaging 3,489 fans per game. On July 4, 2006, the ValleyCats set a new all-time home attendance mark as 6,123 people attended a game against their rival the Lowell Spinners which was latter broken in the following years.



The Valley Cats have several mascots, the two most prominent being Southpaw and Sammie. Southpaw is a jersey-wearing cat, representing the "ValleyCat," the team's nickname. Sammie wears a patriotic costume and represents the American historical figure Uncle Sam, who was born in Troy. Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish mascots participate in the hot dog race. Other mascots include Southpaw's elderly father Pappy, Speedy the Chicken, Evil Bunny, and Zoggy.

2008 season


All-Star game

The Valley Cats hosted the 4th annual New York-Penn League All Star Game at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in 2008. The game was played between teams made up of the affiliates of National League (NL) and American League (AL) teams. The ValleyCats, affiliate's of the NL's Houston Astros, were part of the NL squad. Four ValleyCats were voted to play in the game- first baseman Phil Disher, left fielder Jack Shuck, pitcher Philip Rummel, and center fielder Thomas Steele. However, Steele was injured two weeks before the game and was replaced by Tri-City third baseman David Flores. The NL All Stars won the game on a walk-off RBI by ValleyCats third baseman David Flores. Flores was also voted MVP of the game.[1]


On June 21, 2008 pitchers Shane Wolf, David Miller, and Ashton Mowdy combined to throw the first no-hitter in the franchise's history. Wolf is a native of nearby Lansing, NY. The final score of the game was 10-0 over the Oneonta Tigers.[2]


On July 4, 2008, The ValleyCats once again broke their single game attendance record drawing 6,630 to the ballpark, 2,130 more than the listed ballpark capacity. The ValleyCats won 9-2 against the Jamestown Jammers.[3] The ValleyCats also set a season attendance record in 2008 with 140,631 fans in attendance despite missing many games due to rain delays.

PDC Extension

On September 5, 2008, the ValleyCats extended their PDC (Player Development Contract) with the Houston Astros through the 2010 season.[4]

2009 season

The ValleyCats once again broke attendance records in 2009. Their single game attendance record was broken again on July 4 against the Brooklyn Cyclones. 6,838 fans attended the game that the ValleyCats ultimately lost 2-1.[5] The ValleyCats also set a new single season attendance record, attracting 145,976 fans to Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in 2009.[6] The ValleyCats finished the season in fourth place in the Stedler Division, 18 games behind the first place Lowell Spinners.[7]

Season results

Season Affiliation Manager Record
2002 Astros Ivan DeJesus 27-48, 4th place Stedler
2003 Astros Ivan DeJesus 44-32, 2nd place Stedler
2004 Astros Gregg Langbehn 50-25, 1st place Stedler
2005 Astros Gregg Langbehn 34-42, 3rd place Stedler
2006 Astros Gregg Langbehn 43-31, 1st place Stedler
2007 Astros Pete Rancont 27-47, 4th place Stedler
2008 Astros Pete Rancont 28-45, 4th place Stedler
2009 Astros Jim Pankovits 27-48, 4th place Stedler

Post-Season Results

Fast Facts

Valley Cats play in 2006. Note the inflatable Uncle Sam in the outfield.
  • Total Attendance
    • Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
      • 2002 - 108,409
      • 2003 - 103,984
      • 2004 - 110,497
      • 2005 - 116,674
      • 2006 - 129,126
      • 2007 - 136,809
      • 2008 - 140,631
      • 2009 - 145,976
  • Season Records (2005-present)
    • Hits
      • 2005 - Neil Sellers (96)
    • Doubles
      • 2008 - Phil Disher (20)
    • Triples
    • Home runs
      • 2008 - Phil Disher (13)
    • Runs Batted In
      • 2008 - Phil Disher (56)
    • Stolen Bases
    • Wins
      • 2006 - Chris Salamida (10)
    • Saves
      • 2007 - Jason Dominguez (10)
    • Strikeouts

2009 roster

Tri-City ValleyCats roster
Players Coaches/Other
  • 40 Wander Alvino
  • 38 David Berner
  • 45 Kirk Clark
  • 27 Robert Donovan
  • 37 Max Fearnow
  • 41 Zachary Grimmett
  • 39 Justin Harper
  • 23 Dallas Keuchel
  • 19 James MacDonald
  • 30 Mike Modica
  • 32 Nathan Pettus
  • 36 Colton Pitkin
  • 15 Daniel Sarisky
  • 33 Michael Schurz
  • 29 Brenden Stines
  • 34 Brandt Walker
  •  5 Rene Garcia
  •  6 Pedro Gonzalez


  •  1 Jose Altuve
  •  3 Barry Butera
  • 26 Erik Castro
  •  9 Jorge De Leon
  •  2 Oscar Figueroa
  • 43 J.D. Martinez
  • 16 Jhonny Medrano
  • 18 Nick Stanley


  • 35 Sean Barksdale
  • 31 Jacob Goebbert
  • 17 Brian Kemp
  • 10 Renzo Tello


† Disabled list
* On Houston Astros 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2009-12-17

Notable alumni

Tri-City ValleyCats

Pittsfield Mets

External links



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