What Does The Future Hold For The Tri-City Valley Cats? [AUDIO]
With the MLB saying it wouldn't be sending players to the minor leagues this year there wasn't much choice left for the Tri-City Valley Cats other than to cancel their season. Valley Cats team president Rick Murphy joined Levack and Goz (Charlie Voelker in for Goz) to discuss the factors that went into the decision, what the Cats will do this year and what the future holds for the Valley Cats.
The season will not happen which is of course a huge hit to the team, it's employees, it's fans and the community surrounding Joe Bruno Stadium but Murphy isn't just chaining the gates. The Valley Cats extended their lease with Hudson Valley Community College for another five years so Murphy and the Valley Cats are looking into parties, concerts and other possible events that can be safely carried out at the Joe.
Two other massive questions face the future of the Cats. Will there be any fallout here in the Capital Region from the restructuring of minor league baseball? The answer is not clear at the moment but Rick Murphy is "comfortable they'll have a place in affiliated baseball in the future." The second question is who will the Cats be affiliated with? The Houston Astros have been the parent club all along but could decide to go with a team closer to Houston. Again Murphy is confident they will land a team for the 2021 season, possibly as a long season single A or double A affiliate.
Listen to Tri-City Valley Cats team president Rick Murphy's full interview below.