Monday, December 19, 2011

New ownership creates challenge for minor-league affiliates

With a captip to Citizen Andrew, we find this article, from the Troy (NY) Record, in which the ValleyCats are just waiting and seeing what will happen under the Crane/Postolos/Luhnow regime...

ValleyCats GM Rick Murphy:
“I just can’t imagine a guy spending $615 million on a business, especially a (ball)club that had the worst record in both leagues and not want to turn that around or make changes...I would think that the performance on the field is going warrant a close examination of what’s going on (with) baseball (player) development. So, from there, I would anticipate, that from the scouting, player personnel, right on through, will be scrutinized."

It's noted within the article that the Astros have PDC (Professional Development Contracts) with the ValleyCats through the 2012 season, and could be making a change in 2013. This makes no sense, unless the ValleyCats want out. But I can't imagine that the Astros want to part ways with Tri-City, since attendance is solid; and I can't imagine that the ValleyCats wouldn't want to see what the Luhnow regime has in store for them - it has to be better than what they've put up with over the past few years.

Also up for negotation at the end of the 2012 season are the PDCs for Oklahoma City, Lancaster, and Lexington.


Blazemule said...

Man I wish we could steal back Round Rock or even buy the San Antonio Missions and make them the AAA team.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Tri-City win the NY/Penn League championship the year before last?

Man, how quick people forget, or are just blinded by the last regime and can't put things into perspective.

Reuben said...

Yes, they were 2010 NYPL Champs, and like the post said, they have great attendance. Given that, and the fact that fans at the short-A level probably care way more about the overall game experience rather than where BP ranks the parent team's farm system, you'd think they'll want to continue. Hopefully it will- I've been to a few games there, it's a nice park and good atmosphere. As long as they're an Astros affiliate I will keep going.