In a change to their executive leadership group, the Tri-City ValleyCats (Short Season A; NY-Penn League) have named Rick Murphy their new team President. Principal Owner Bill Gladstone, who previously served in that role, will now assume the title of Chairman.
“Rick and I have been working in baseball together for the past 27 years, and his outstanding leadership has been vital to the success of the ValleyCats organization,” said Gladstone. “There’s no one more deserving of the role of President, and under his continued guidance the ValleyCats will maintain their presence as one of the premier Minor League Baseball teams in the country.”
Gladstone and Murphy first joined forces in 1992 while with the Pittsfield Mets, and moved the professional baseball franchise to Troy, New York in 2002 as an affiliate of the Houston Astros. Since that time, the ValleyCats have seen a nearly 30% increase in attendance, and have consistently ranked at the top of the New York-Penn League in average attendance.
“I want to thank Bill Gladstone for his longstanding support, trust and confidence in naming me President of the ValleyCats,” said Murphy. “Bill’s business experience has been an invaluable resource for our team and myself, and that will continue to be the case. Together, along with our entire front office, we’re dedicated to continuing to provide the Capital Region with first class family friendly entertainment.”
Murphy, a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is entering his 31st season in professional baseball. He served as General Manager of the Pittsfield Mets from 1989-2000, the Pittsfield Astros in 2001, and was instrumental in the move that brought the franchise to Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, New York. Prior to the 2015 season, Murphy was promoted to ValleyCats’ Chief Operating Officer.
As part of the executive group changes, long time board member Doug Gladstone will be taking on the role of Vice-Chairman of the ValleyCats.