Pittsfield Astros

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The Pittsfield Astros of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, played one season in the New York-Penn League. For that very brief time, they were a Class A-Short Season affiliate of the Houston Astros. The identity began following the 2000 season, when the New York Mets broke their affiliation with the Pittsfield Mets in favor of the shiny new Brooklyn Cyclones. The Pittsfield franchise landed with Houston, and took on a COTOB identity.

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Pittsfield took on the basic branding scheme that the Astros had at the time, with black and brick red as team colors. The most notable element was the cap logo–a capital letter P with the interior space of the letter in the shape of Houston’s star logo. It’s hard to say definitively from the limited images available, but it seems that the cap had two styles–solid black with red P and a design with a red crown and black P.

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In their one season, the team had four players on the roster who would go on to the major leagues, though none of these would have notable baseball careers. The only name that I recognized is journeyman Brooks Conrad, but that’s probably just because he had a stint with my favorite MLB team. In fact, the only image that I’ve ever been able to find of a Pittsfield Astro is a team-issued card for a player named Mike Rodriguez who never played in the majors. Suffice it to say, there’s not much to say about the Pittsfield Astros.

The team identity ended following that one 2001 season, when the team was moved to Troy, New York–one of the three Tri-Cities, along with Albany and Schenectady. The Tri-City ValleyCats play in the New York-Penn League to this day, while the Pittsfield Astros will be remembered only for their one-year wonder status.

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