Founded in 1977
Troy, New York
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|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 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 , 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 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 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