April 2012

‘Cats Care!

Our Community Relations Department has been busy working on a new slogan that reflects our entire community outreach efforts, and today we are proud to announce our ‘Cats Care campaign.

Here is the new logo designed by Fan Development Manager Michelle Skinner and Community Relations Manager Ryan Burke:

We will be incorporating this logo into everything that we do in and around the community, so you will be seeing it often!

It’s been a great 10-years thus far, and we look forward to being a big part of the community for many years to come. A big thank you to all of our fans, who continue to support ValleyCats Baseball. It can’t be said enough times, without all of the fan support, we wouldn’t be able to bring the fun and excitement of Minor League Baseball to the Capital Region.

Here’s to a wonderful 2012 season at “The Joe!”

Recap: Community Grounds Crew’s ’4 in 24′

Beginning at 6 AM on Friday, April 13, the Cambridge Valley Athletic Association, South Colonie Youth Baseball, Coxsackie Little League and Waterford Little League all received much needed improvements to their playing fields.

Each ball field had new sod placed on their infield, while also seeing their pitcher’s mound and homeplate areas re-built, all in less than 24-hours.

The ’4 in 24′ Youth Field Renovation Project was the kick-off to a season long campaign known as the Community Grounds Crew Program. Partnering with BlueShield of Northeastern New York, the ValleyCats Community Grounds Crew will assist numerous other youth leagues in the Capital Region with field maintenance projects from June through September.

This year, we divided up into four different groups, one at each field beginning at 6 AM. The last field to be completed was Coxsackie, at around 8 PM. A total of 14 hours! That’s a new record, compared to last year’s 21 hours.

Special thanks goes out to Stadium Operations Manager Keith Sweeney and Account Executive Kyle Wheeler for coordinating the project, and to Head Groundskeeper John Hudson for leading the efforts of rebuilding the mound and home plate areas.

The amount of support we received from the volunteers at each location was tremendous! It was a true team effort to complete each field renovation! The ’4 in 24′ was also supported by Pioneer Bank and could not have been completed without the aforementioned help.

Below are the before & after photos from each ball field:

Cambridge Before

Cambridge After

Cambridge Before

Cambridge After

Coxsackie Before

Coxsackie After

Coxsackie Before

Coxsackie After

South Colonie Before

South Colonie After

South Colonie Before

South Colonie After

South Colonie Mound- Before

South Colonie Finished- Mound

South Colonie First Baseline- Before

South Colonie First Baseline- After

South Colonie Before

South Colonie After

Waterford, April 2011

Waterford, April 2012 Before Renovations

Waterford Completed

Waterford Baseline- Before

Waterford Baseline- After

Click here to view the full ’4 in 24′ photo gallery

Community Grounds Crew Visits Catskill

The ValleyCats and BlueShield of Northeastern New York’s Community Ground Crew Program made a stop at Ricky Cramer Memorial Field in Jefferson Heights, Catskill this past week, to help renovate a field that was in desperate need of an overhaul.

With help from volunteers, we rebuilt home plate and the pitcher’s mound, did some sod work around the infield, graded in new dirt and made sure the baseline dimensions were accurate.

The field is going to be used by Catskill Little League’s Senior Division (Babe Ruth), as well as the Catskill High School baseball team.

“This is the first real construction on the site in over 40 years. We’ve been working non-stop over the past month to get to the point we’re at today,” said Catskill Little League President Ed DuPont.

With the help of other members of the community, the field will also receive new dugouts, a new scoreboard, a roadway sign, and fence-guards will be installed across the outfield.

“This has not been a one-man show. This is a massive project and it took a massive community effort to do this,” DuPont said.

The whole idea behind the ValleyCats and BlueShield of Northeastern New York’s Community Grounds Crew program, is to make sure that the fields of our youth are well maintained and safe for play. We are proud to have been able to help out in Catskill and continue our efforts to be ambassadors for the game of baseball.

We will continue to take renovation applications through September, and encourage any league interested in field maintenance assistance to fill one out and send it to us.

Click here to download an application.

On Friday, the ‘Cats and the Community Grounds Crew will be renovating four more fields, in less than 24-hours. The project is known as the ’4 in 24′ Extreme Field Renovation, which began last year and was extremely successful.

This year, the ’4 in 24′ will take place at youth fields located in Cambridge, Coxsackie, South Colonie and Waterford. Pioneer Bank is also supporting these renovation efforts.

For coverage of the ’4 in 24′, be sure to visit our website, www.tcvalleycats.com, and our Facebook & Twitter pages for updates throughout the day on Friday.

Here are more pictures from the Catskill renovation:

A Special Day

Today was a special day. Sure our individual tickets went on sale this morning, but what made the day truly special was the time SouthPaw and members of the ValleyCats front office spent at The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

SouthPaw visited with over 10 children, handing out ValleyCats hats and baseballs to each one. To see the smiles on these kids faces was a very rewarding and inspiring experience. It was so great to be able to brighten the day of these children and their parents, who have gone through so much.

The Children’s Hospital treats infants, children and adolescents who have serious illnesses or injuries that require advanced medical care.

SouthPaw loved it so much that he will be making many more appearances at the hospital in the future.

Here are a few pictures from our visit:

Childrens Hospital Sign SouthPaw

SouthPaw Colbie

SouthPaw with Colbie, one of the ValleyCats biggest fans!

SouthPaw Nurse

SouthPaw Patient

SouthPaw Patient 2

SouthPaw Nurses

SouthPaw Family

SouthPaw Little Boy 2

SouthPaw Little Boy

SouthPaw Staff

Astros set minor league rosters: Where are the ‘Cats?

The Houston Astros have announced the preliminary rosters for their long-season minor league affiliates, and many former ‘Cats are scattered throughout the list.

Below is a slimmed down version of the rosters, showing where all of your former ‘Cats will be beginning their 2012 season. These rosters are subject to change and will not be officially finalized until the minor league Opening Day this Thursday, April 4. Rosters do not include Disabled List players.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AAA)

PITCHERS:
DALLAS KEUCHEL (’09)
JORDAN LYLES (’08)

OUTFIELDERS:
COLLIN DELOME (’07)
JAKE GOEBBERT (’09)

CORPUS CHRISTI (AA):

PITCHERS:
JAKE BUCHANAN (’10)

CATCHERS:
CHRIS WALLACE (’10)

INFIELDERS:
ANDY SIMUNIC (’08)

OUTFIELDERS:
ADAM BAILEY (’10)
BRANDON BARNES (’07)
T.J. STEELE (’08)
AUSTIN WATES (’10)

LANCASTER (A-Advanced):

PITCHERS:
JORGE DE LEON (’09-’10)
BOBBY DORAN (’10)
ZACH GRIMMETT (’09)
DAVID MARTINEZ (’10)
ANDREW ROBINSON (’10)
ALEX SOGARD (’10)
BRIAN STREILEIN (’10)

CATCHERS:
RENE GARCIA (’09)
BEN HEATH (’10)
RYAN MCCURDY (’10-’11)

INFIELDERS:
ERIK CASTRO (’09)
ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ (’10)
TELVIN NASH (’10)
BEN ORLOFF (’09-’10)
RAFAEL VALENZUELA (’11)

OUTFIELDERS:
DANIEL ADAMSON (’10)
GEORGE SPRINGER (’11)

LEXINGTON (A):

PITCHERS:
JASON CHOWNING (’10)
DAYAN DIAZ (’11)
JONAS DUFEK (’11)
MURILO GOUVEA (’10)
KYLE HALLOCK (’11)
CARLOS QUEVEDO (’10)
NICK TROPEANO (’11)

CATCHERS:
MILES HAMBLIN (’11)
MIKE KVASNICKA (’10)

INFIELDERS:
TYLER BURNETT (’10)
MATT DUFFY (’11)
ZACH JOHNSON (’11)

OUTFIELDERS:
JUSTIN GOMINSKY (’11)
ANDREW MUREN (’11)
JORDAN SCOTT (’11)

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