The River Cats celebrated their 20th season in Sacramento in championship fashion. The club captured their 12th division title, fifth Pacific Coast League title, and third Triple-A Championship in a historic postseason run.
The River Cats have had unparalleled success on the baseball field -- winning three Triple-A Championships (2007, 2008, 2019) and five Pacific Coast League Championships (including back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004 and again in 2007 and 2008). The team has also won 12 PCL North Division titles (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2019).
This 2019 season was the fifth 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 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 in 2014, 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 (A's), Eric Byrnes, Nick Swisher, and many more. Since the 2015 season, Sutter Health Park has been home to a number of notable Giants prospects, including Ty Blach, Jarrett Parker, Chris Stratton, 2016 National League All-Star Adam Duvall (Reds), Austin Slater, Chris Shaw, Mike Yastrzemski, Mauricio Dubon, Shaun Anderson, Tyler Beede, and more.
Off the field, the River Cats have consistently 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 20 seasons, including the sixth-highest figure in 2018.
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, British Columbia. Formerly the Vancouver Canadians (1999 Triple-A World Series Champions), the River Cats call Sutter Health Park home. Nestled along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento, the privately-financed ballpark is the crown jewel of Minor League Baseball.
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.