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Sacramento River Cats
Sacramento River Cats
Founded in 2000
West Sacramento, California
SacramentoRiverCats.pngSacramentoRiverCatsCap.png
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassTriple-A (2000-present)
LeagueTriple-A West (from 2021)
DivisionWest Division
Previous leagues
Pacific Coast League (2000-2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamSan Francisco Giants (2015-present)
Previous teamsOakland Athletics (2000-2014)
Minor league titles
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2019
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2019
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2019
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2019
Team data
NameSacramento River Cats (2000-present)
ColorsBlack, brick red, gold
     
MascotDinger
BallparkSutter Health Park (2000-present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Susan Savage
General ManagerChip Maxson
ManagerDave Brundage[1]

The Sacramento River Cats are a Minor League Baseball team of the Triple-A West and are the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Prior to 2015, the River Cats were the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics for 15 years.[2] They are based in West Sacramento, California, and play their home games at Sutter Health Park which opened in 2000 and was known as Raley Field through 2019.

Sacramento was previously represented in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) by the Solons, a charter member of the league which was founded in 1903. Three different versions of the Solons played in California's capital city in 1903, 1905, from 1909 to 1914, from 1918 to 1960, and from 1974 to 1976. The River Cats played in the PCL from 2000 to 2020 and were the only charter city to still host a PCL team in its final year of operation.

The team won five PCL championships. Most recently, the River Cats won the league crown in 2019. They previously won back-to-back in 2007 and 2008. They went on to win the Triple-A National Championship Game in all three seasons. Sacramento also won the PCL title in 2003 and 2004.

In 2016, Forbes listed the team as the most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $49 million.[3]

History

Following the 1999 season, the Pacific Coast League's Vancouver Canadians were purchased by a group led by Art Savage, moved south to West Sacramento, and renamed the River Cats for the 2000 season. Savage was the majority owner of the team until his death at age 58 in November 2009. His widow, Susan Savage, became majority owner upon her husband's death.[4]

In 2016, Mike Piazza became the first and only former River Cats player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning an 83% vote by the committee. Piazza played three games in Sacramento as part of a 2007 rehab assignment before rejoining the Oakland Athletics.[5][6][7][8]

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the River Cats were organized into the ten-team Triple-A West.[9]

Season-by-season records

Table key
League The team's final position in the league standings
Division The team's final position in the divisional standings
GB Games behind the team that finished in first place in the division that season
Class champions Class champions (2000-present)
League champions League champions (2000-present)
§ Conference champions (2000-2020)
* Division champions (2000-present)
Season-by-season records
Season League Regular season Postseason MLB affiliate Ref.
Record Win % League Division GB Record Win % Result
2000
*
PCL 90-54 .625 2nd 1st -- 2-3 .400 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Lost Pacific Conference title vs. Salt Lake Buzz, 3-2[10]
Oakland Athletics [11]
2001
*
PCL 75-69 .521 5th 1st -- 2-3 .400 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Lost Pacific Conference title vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 3-2[12]
Oakland Athletics [13]
2002 PCL 66-78 .458 14th 3rd 19 -- -- -- Oakland Athletics [14]
2003
* § League Champions
PCL 92-52 .639 1st 1st -- 6-0 1.000 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Won Pacific Conference title vs. Edmonton Trappers, 3-0
Won PCL championship vs. Nashville Sounds, 3-0[15]
Oakland Athletics [16]
2004
* § League Champions
PCL 79-65 .549 5th 1st -- 6-1 .857 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Won Pacific Conference title vs. Portland Beavers, 3-1
Won PCL championship vs. Iowa Cubs, 3-0[17]
Oakland Athletics [18]
2005
*
PCL 80-64 .556 2nd (tie) 1st -- 2-3 .400 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Lost Pacific Conference title vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 3-2
Oakland Athletics [19]
2006 PCL 78-66 .542 4th 2nd 13 -- -- -- Oakland Athletics [20]
2007
* § League ChampionsClass Champions
PCL 84-60 .583 2nd 1st -- 7-2 .778 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Won Pacific Conference title vs. Salt Lake Bees, 3-2
Won PCL championship vs. New Orleans Zephyrs, 3-0
Won Triple-A championship vs. Richmond Braves[21]
Oakland Athletics [22]
2008
* § League ChampionsClass Champions
PCL 83-61 .576 3rd 1st -- 7-2 .778 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Won Pacific Conference title vs. Salt Lake Bees, 3-1
Won PCL championship vs. Oklahoma RedHawks, 3-1
Oakland Athletics [24]
2009
* §
PCL 86-57 .601 1st 1st -- 3-4 .429 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Won Pacific Conference title vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 3-1
Lost PCL championship vs. Memphis Redbirds, 3-0
Oakland Athletics [25]
2010
*
PCL 79-65 .549 4th 1st -- 2-3 .400 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Lost Pacific Conference title vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 3-2
Oakland Athletics [26]
2011
* §
PCL 88-56 .611 1st 1st -- 3-5 .375 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Won Pacific Conference title vs. Reno Aces, 3-2
Lost PCL championship vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 3-0
Oakland Athletics [27]
2012
*
PCL 86-58 .597 1st 1st -- 2-3 .400 Won Pacific Conference Southern Division title
Lost Pacific Conference title vs. Reno Aces, 3-2
Oakland Athletics [28]
2013 PCL 79-65 .549 3rd 2nd 2 -- -- -- Oakland Athletics [29]
2014 PCL 79-65 .549 4th 2nd 2 -- -- -- Oakland Athletics [30]
2015 PCL 71-73 .493 9th 2nd -- -- -- San Francisco Giants [31]
2016 PCL 69-75 .479 12th 4th -- -- -- San Francisco Giants [32]
2017 PCL 64-77 .454 14th 4th -- -- -- San Francisco Giants [33]
2018 PCL 55-85 .393 15th 4th -- -- -- San Francisco Giants [34]
2019
* § League ChampionsClass Champions
PCL 73-67 .521 7th 1st -- 7-2 .778 Won Pacific Conference Northern Division title
Won Pacific Conference title vs. Las Vegas Aviators, 3-2
Won PCL championship vs. Round Rock Express, 3-0
Won Triple-A championship vs. Columbus Clippers
San Francisco Giants [35]
2020 PCL Season cancelled (COVID-19 pandemic)[36] San Francisco Giants [37]
Totals -- 1,556-1,312 .543 -- -- -- 49-31 .613 -- -- --

Attendance

Raley Field in 2007
River Cats at Raley Field in 2007
River Cats players in 2007

After arriving at Raley Field, the River Cats led minor leagues in attendance during each of its first eight seasons.[38] In 2015, the team drew 672,354 fans in 72 home games, leading the minor league in total attendance. In 2015, they also drew the second highest attendance per game in the minors with an average of 9,338 fans per game.[39] In 2017, the team drew 562,237 fans in 70 home games, placing them third in overall attendance for the Pacific Coast League for the season. In 2018, the River Cats drew their lowest attendance since arriving at Raley Field with 538,785 fans attending 70 home games. While this was the team's lowest attendance since arriving in West Sacramento, it was strong enough to place them fifth in attendance for the Pacific Coast League for the 2018 season.

Year Total
Attendance
Average
  2000   861,808 11,969
2001 901,214 12,516
2002 817,317 11,351
2003 766,326 10,643
2004 751,156 10,432
2005 755,750 10,496
2006 728,227 10,256
2007 710,235 10,003
2008 700,168 9,724
2009 657,095 9,126
2010 657,910 9,138
2011 600,306 8,455
2012 586,090 8,140
2013 607,329 8,435
2014 607,839 8,561
2015 672,354 9,338
2016 609,666 8,587
2017 562,237 8,032
2018 538,785 7,808

Playoff history

The River Cats have won 12 division titles, including back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001, three years in a row from 2003 to 2005, and six consecutive titles from 2007 to 2012. In 2019, the River Cats snapped a six-year playoff drought by winning the Pacific Northern Division.

They won back-to-back league championships in 2003 and 2004 and again in 2007 and 2008.

In 2007, they went on to defeat the Richmond Braves in that year's Bricktown Showdown by a score of 7-1. The River Cats repeated in 2008, defeating the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 4-1.

Roster

Players

See: Category:Sacramento River Cats players

References

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