The Tri City ValleyCats open up their 2022 Frontier League season on the road Thursday against the Florence Y'Alls. The Y'Alls are from Kentucky and one of 8 new teams, for a total of 16, that will travel to Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy this summer. The Frontier League is one of the premier independent professional baseball leagues and is a partner with Major League Baseball.
This year the ValleyCats will play in the Frontier League. Some fans may howl for a little while that Tri-City won’t be the pipeline to the Astros or some other team. However, most baseball fans will enjoy the ValleyCats emphasis on winning, while developing talent. That’s the goal of Independent baseball and the Frontier League has been successful at it for decades.
News broke yesterday that the Tri-City ValleyCats had hired former 12 plus year Major Leaguer Pete Incaviglia to be their manager for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. I instantly flashed back to being a kid and teenager watching "Inky" play both for and against my New York Yankees. So I challenged Charlie to get Pete "Inky" Incaviglia's phone number from the ValleyCats. Spoiler alert... Charlie came through and so did Incaviglia!
The Tri-City ValleyCats Frontier League era will begin with a familiar name to MLB fans as the manager, Pete Incaviglia is the newest skipper. The ValleyCats announced the addition of the 12 year MLB veteran today on Twitter and the team's website Thursday morning. Incaviglia has been coaching and managing baseball since 2001 and now he'll be managing at Joe Bruno Stadium.