Sacramento River Cats

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Sacramento River Cats
Founded in 1978
West Sacramento, California
Based in West Sacramento since 2000
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Class-level
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
Ballpark
Minor league titles
Class titles1999, 2007, 2008
League titles1985, 1989, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
Conference titles1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Division titles1985, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Owner(s)/Operated by: Susan Savage
Manager: Darren Bush[1]
General Manager: Jeff Savage
 
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Sacramento River Cats
Founded in 1978
West Sacramento, California
Based in West Sacramento since 2000
SacramentoRiverCats.png
Team Logo
SacramentoRiverCatsCap.png
Cap Insignia
Class-level
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
Ballpark
Minor league titles
Class titles1999, 2007, 2008
League titles1985, 1989, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
Conference titles1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Division titles1985, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Owner(s)/Operated by: Susan Savage
Manager: Darren Bush[1]
General Manager: Jeff Savage
Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats
River Cats during a game at home in Raley Field
River Cats players in 2007

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.

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Attendance

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.[4] In 2007, the team drew 710,235 fans in 71 home games.[5]

YearTotal AttendanceAverage
2000861,80811,969
2001901,21412,516
2002817,31711,351
2003766,32610,643
2004751,15610,432
2005755,75010,496
2006728,22710,256
2007710,23510,003
2008700,1689,724
2009657,0959,126
2010657,9109,138

Playoff history

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 five Pacific South Division titles and have won 10 division titles in their 12 years of existence.

Roster

Sacramento River Cats roster
PlayersCoaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

  • 28 Darren Bush

Coaches

  • 14 Scott Emerson (pitching)
  • 15 Dustin Hughes (bullpen catcher)
  • 17 Greg Sparks (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 19, 2012
Transactions
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Oakland Athletics minor league players


Players

See: Category:Sacramento River Cats players

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.

See also

References

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