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Team History

The 2016 season was the Sacramento River Cats' 17th in California's Capital region. During those first 17 seasons in West Sacramento, the River Cats have had unparalleled success on the baseball field - winning two Triple-A Championships (2007 and 2008) and four Pacific Coast League Championships (back-to-back PCL Championships in 2003 and 2004 and again in 2007 and 2008). The team has also won 11 PCL South Division Championships (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

This 2016 season was the second in a new era for the Sacramento River Cats. After 15 seasons as an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, the River Cats are now the Triple-A affiliate of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. Since 1904, the Giants have appeared in the postseason 25 times and won 21 National League pennants. After winning their eighth World Championship this past season, the Giants became just the fifth franchise in Major League Baseball history to win three championships in the span of five seasons ('10, '12, '14).

As an affiliate of the Athletics, the River Cats graduated a number of players to the Major Leagues, including 2002 American League Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (A's), 2002 American League Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske (Blue Jays), 2004 American League Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby, Eric Byrnes, Nick Swisher, and many more.

Off the field, the River Cats have been the talk of Minor League Baseball. Winners of numerous awards for its business practices, sustainability efforts, and outstanding community presence, Sacramento's franchise has led all of the Pacific Coast League in attendance over the past 17 seasons, including the second-highest figure in 2016.

The River Cats franchise was purchased by majority owner Art Savage in October 1998 and was relocated to Sacramento prior to the 2000 season from Vancouver (Canada). Formerly the Vancouver Canadians (1999 Triple-A World Series Champions), the River Cats call Raley Field home. Nestled along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento, the privately financed ballpark is the crown jewel of Minor League Baseball.

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JD Closser rounds third base after Danny Putnam hit a game-winning home run in Game 4 of the 2007 first-round playoff series against Salt Lake. The River Cats went on to win the series en route to their first Triple-A championship.

Year-by-Year Records
Year W-L Manager
2000 90-54* Geren
2001 75-69* Geren
2002 66-78 Geren
2003 92-52** DeFrancesco
2004 79-65** DeFrancesco
2005 80-64* DeFrancesco
2006 78-66 DeFrancesco
2007 84-60*** DeFrancesco
2008 83-61*** Steverson
2009 86-57* DeFrancesco
2010 79-65* DeFrancesco
2011 88-56* Bush
2012 86-58* Bush
2013 79-65 Scarsone
2014 79-65 Scarsone
2015 71-73 Mariano
2016 70-74 Alguacil
Total 1369-1082 --

 

* Pacific Division Champions
** Pacific Division, PCL Champions
*** Pacific Division, PCL, Triple-A Champions