Sacramento River Cats
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- Location: West Sacramento, CA
- League: Pacific Coast League 2000-2019; Triple-A West 2021; Pacific Coast League 2022-
- Class: AAA
- Affiliation: Oakland Athletics 2000-2014; San Francisco Giants 2015-Present
- Ballpark: Sutter Health Park 2000-present
The Sacramento River Cats, of the Pacific Coast League and briefly in Triple-A West, had a remarkable run as the Oakland Athletics' top farm team from 2000 through 2014. The now-San Francisco Giants farmhands play their home games at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento, CA.
Under Oakland, the Cats won an unprecedented six straight PCL North Division titles, 11 of their first 12, back-to-back PCL crowns two different times, the first back-to-back Triple-A championships ever - and led all of minor league baseball in attendance their first eight seasons.
In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked this the most valuable ball club in the minors, yet after that season the River Cats and Giants dumped Oakland and the Fresno Grizzlies for each other. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser broke the possibility nearly four months before it could happen, including an analysis of why that would prove true. 
On August 26, 2022, after weeks of rumors and published reports of an impending sale of the River Cats to the NBA's Sacramento Kings, the Kings, Cats and Kings' minority owner Arctos Sports Partners announced a partnership that "establishes the Kings as the majority owner" of the Cats. The ball club's owner, Susan Savage, will "continue to serve as a strategic business advisor and member of the ownership group."
Savage's late husband Art, who had previously headed the NHL's San Jose Sharks, led the group that brought PCL baseball back to Sacramento in 2000 by buying and moving the Vancouver Canadians - the reigning Triple-A World Series champions. Susan inherited the team when Art died in November 2009.
The Cats play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Sacramento Dorados (Sacramento Goldens, in reference to Sacramento's status as the center of the 1849 California Gold Rush).
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