ValleyCats Announce 2018 Season Schedule!
The Tri-City ValleyCats announced their 2018 season schedule on Wednesday, and it marks the 17th consecutive season of affiliated Minor League Baseball in the Capital Region. The ValleyCats are currently the longest tenured minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros, competing in the 14 team New York-Penn League, the oldest continually operated Class A league in Minor League Baseball.
Over 52 former ValleyCats have reached Major League Baseball, including six who are currently part of the 2017 World Series rosters. The list includes 3x AL Batting Champion and MVP candidate Jose Altuve (’09), Cy Young Award Winner Dallas Keuchel ('09), All-Star outfielder George Springer ('11), Kike Hernandez ('10), Derek Fisher ('14) and Joe Musgrove ('14).
Other notable former ‘Cats to reach “The Show” are Hunter Pence ('04) of the San Francisco Giants, Ben Zobrist ('04) of the Chicago Cubs, and J.D. Martinez ('09) of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The next crop of future major leaguers will begin play at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Friday, June 15, Opening Night of the 2018 New York-Penn League season. That night, the ValleyCats kick-off a three game series as they host the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland Athletics).
Here are some highlights from the ValleyCats 2018 schedule:
PAIR OF SOX:
The Boston Red Sox affiliate Lowell Spinners make two trips to “The Joe,” June 21-23 and August 2-4.
There hasn’t been a 4th of July when the ValleyCats were not at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, and the streak continues in 2018! Independence Day will be celebrated at “The Joe” for the 17th consecutive year as the ‘Cats take on the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland Athletics)
THE CHAMPS ARE HERE:
The ValleyCats face their I-87 opponent and defending New York-Penn League Champion Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays) on June 28-30, and also August 8-10.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK!
An affiliate of the New York Mets, the Brooklyn Cyclones make two trips to Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, the first on July 17-19, and then August 20-22. The Staten Island Yankees, a New York Yankees affiliate, come to town July 27-29, and it’s the only time the Baby Bombers visit in 2018.
On July 24-26 the ValleyCats welcome the Auburn Doubledays back to “The Joe” after a two-year hiatus. It will be the first time the Washington Nationals’ affiliate has visited Troy since 2015.
THE FINAL ACT
The ValleyCats 2018 home schedule concludes with a three game series on August 26-28 vs. the Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore Orioles). It will be the first year since 2014 in which the ValleyCats finished their home schedule prior to the month of September.
Official game times will be announced at a later date, but standard weekday and Saturday games typically begin at 7pm, while Sundays have 5pm start times.