Sacramento River Cats
|Sacramento River Cats
Founded in 1978
West Sacramento, California
Based in West Sacramento since 2000
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Pacific Coast League (1978–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Oakland Athletics (1999–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|Class titles||1999, 2007, 2008|
|League titles||1985, 1989, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008|
|Conference titles||1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011|
|Division titles||1985, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Nickname||Sacramento River Cats (2000–present)|
|Previous names||Vancouver Canadians (1978–1999)|
|Colors||Black, Cardinal, Gold
|Ballpark||Raley Field (2000–present)|
|Previous parks||Nat Bailey Stadium (1978–1999)|
|General manager||Jeff Savage|
The Sacramento River Cats is a minor league baseball team based in Sacramento, California. The team plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and is the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics.
The River Cats play at Raley Field, located in West Sacramento. The team began play in 1978 as the Vancouver Canadians, and played their home games at Nat Bailey Stadium until the 1999 season. Following that season, in which they won the Triple-A World Series, the team was purchased by a group led by Art Savage and moved to West Sacramento for the 2000 season. Savage was the majority owner of the team until his death on November 21, 2009 at age 58. His widow, Susan Savage, became majority owner upon her husband's death.
Sacramento has led all of minor league baseball in attendance during each of its first eight seasons at Raley Field. The team averaged approximately 10,000 fans per game during the 2007 regular season, for a total attendance figure of 710,235. In 2012, Forbes listed the River Cats as the most valuable team in all of Minor League Baseball.
The PCL franchise in Sacramento for many years was the Sacramento Solons, a charter member of the PCL which was founded in 1903. Three different versions of the Solons represented California's capital city in 1903, 1905, from 1909 through 1914, from 1918 through 1960, and from 1974 through 1976. Sacramento is the only charter city that still hosts a PCL team.
Since the arrival of the River Cats at Raley Field, they have led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance during each of its first eight seasons. In 2007, the team drew 710,235 fans in 71 home games.
The River Cats won four Pacific Coast League Pacific South Division titles in five years, from 2000 through 2004, and back-to-back league championships in 2003 and 2004.
In 2007 they won the Pacific South Division and league championships again, and defeated the Richmond Braves in that year's Bricktown Showdown on September 18 by a score of 7–1. The River Cats repeated as division, league, and class champions in 2008. They have won the last six Pacific South Division titles and have won 11 division titles in their 14 years of existence.
Sacramento River Cats roster
Notable former River Cats currently in the major leagues
This list does not include MLB players who were in Sacramento on a rehabilitation assignment while on the disabled list.
- Brett Anderson
- Andrew Bailey
- John Baker
- Mark Bellhorn
- Joe Blanton
- Dallas Braden
- Travis Buck
- Freddie Bynum
- Trevor Cahill
- Santiago Casilla
- Bobby Crosby
- Aaron Cunningham
- Jack Cust
- Justin Duchscherer
- Mark Ellis
- Andre Ethier
- Ron Flores
- Chad Gaudin
- Esteban Germán
- Carlos González
- Gio Gonzalez
- Aaron Harang
- Rich Harden
- Ramón Hernández
- Eric Hinske
- Dan Johnson
- Brad Kilby
- Ryan Ludwick
- Lou Merloni
- Cliff Pennington
- Manny Ramírez
- Eric Sogard
- Huston Street
- Kurt Suzuki
- Nick Swisher
- Mark Teahen
- Brad Ziegler
- Barry Zito
- Lee, Jane. "A's shuffle Minor League coaching staffs". OaklandAthletics.com. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- "River Cats owner dies suddenly at home." Sacramento River Cats. Retrieved on 21 November 2009.
- "River Cats Top PCL, Minor Leagues in Attendance." Sacramento River Cats. Retrieved on 13 September 2007.
- "How Billionaires Like Warren Buffett Profit From Minor League Baseball Ownership " Forbes. Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Baseball Pilgrimages.
- The Sacramento Bee.
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- Minor League Attendance Database
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