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Astros extend affiliation with ValleyCats through 2016

The Houston Astros have extended their affiliation with the New York-Penn League's Tri-City ValleyCats, it was announced Friday.

The Astros and the 'Cats will be partnered through the 2016 season. Houston has been with the organization since the team since moving from Pittsfield, Mass., in 2002.

“The ValleyCats are pleased to continue our excellent relationship with the Houston Astros, which will mark our 15th and 16th years together,” 'Cats president Bill Gladstone said in a statement. “We look forward to many more winning seasons.”

The 'Cats, the defending NYPL champions, have posted more wins than any Class A short-season club, going 139-83 (.626) since 2012. Over the past four seasons, Tri-City has won the league championship twice (2010, 2013), and just captured their third consecutive Stedler Division title.

“We are extremely happy to renew our partnership with Bill Gladstone and his ownership group in Tri-City,” said Quinton McCracken, the Astros' director of player development. “It is truly a first-class operation and a dynamic environment for our players, one that is very conducive to developing Major League players both on and off the field of play.”

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