2013 ValleyCats receive their NYPL Championship Rings

Greetings from Houston Astros spring training camp in Florida! It was a special night for the Astros organization, and the 2013 Tri-City ValleyCats in particular, on Wednesday when the team received their New York-Penn League championship rings.

The Astros have gotten used to hosting ring ceremonies for their minor league affiliates, with Class-A Quad Cities receiving 2013 championship rings this past weekend, and Class-A Lancaster capturing the league title in 2012.

On Wednesday night, the Astros hosted a ceremony for the 2013 ‘Cats, who captured the organization’s second NYPL title in four years. It was all done under the leadership of first year skipper, veteran Ed Romero:

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Romero receives his championship ring from Astros Director of Player Development, Quinton McCracken, as Field Coordinator Paul Runge looks on from the back.

McCracken,ValleyCats President Bill Gladstone, and Romero all delivered fantastic speeches to the team:

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Prior to the presentation of the rings, the team, staff, coaches, and front office all enjoyed a buffet style dinner:

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(From L-R) Ronnie Mitchell, Adam Nelubowich, Tony Kemp, Jake Rodriguez, Ernesto Genoves, and Chan Moon.

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(From L-R) Kevin Comer, Randall Fant, Kyle Westwood, Chris Cotton, Tyler Brunnemann, and Adrian Houser.

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(From L-R) Troy Scribner, Jack Mayfield, Brian Holberton, Chris Munnelly, Andrew Thurman, Krishawn Holley.

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Tony Kemp and Chan Moon filling their plates!

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Following dinner, a highlight video from the 2013 season was played and the room shared many laughs.  Then the entire coaching staff and team was called up one by one to receive their rings.

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Pat Christensen

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Ernesto Genoves

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Evan Grills

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Jon Kemmer

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Gonzalo Sanudo

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Chan Moon

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2013 ValleyCats field staff: athletic trainer Michael Rendon, pitching coach Doug White, manager Ed Romero, and hitting coach Russ Steinhorn.

Following the ceremony, we were able to catch up with skipper Ed Romero, infielder Conrad Gregor, and pitcher Kyle Westwood, to reflect back on the 2013 season.

Here’s a group photo of the ValleyCats championship squad:

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2013 New York-Penn League champions!

Here are a few more photos from your former ‘Cats at Astros spring training camp:

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Austin Wates

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Tony Kemp

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Kyle Westwood, Kevin Comer, Chris Cotton

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Tyler White

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Pitchers looking on during minor league spring training action

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Jason Castro

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Tony Kemp with his former Vanderbilt teammate, and current Nationals prospect Taylor Hill.

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M.P. Cokinos

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Chris Cotton

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Jesse Wierzbicki

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Jake Rodriguez

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Astros minor league instructor, and former major leaguer Vince Coleman

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Tyler Heineman

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Some of the Astros Latino players seek shade.

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Former ‘Cat Jorge DeLeon, who made his Major League debut last season with the Astros!

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