The Sacramento River Cats are a minor league baseball team based in West Sacramento, California. The team plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and is the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants. Through the 2014 season, they were the top affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
Since moving to California in 2000, the River Cats have played at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The team began play 38 years ago in British Columbia in 1978 as the Vancouver Canadians, and played their home games at Nat Bailey Stadium through the 1999 season, their first with Oakland since 1978.
Following that 1999 season, in which the Canadians won the Triple-A World Series, the team was purchased by a group led by Art Savage and moved south to West Sacramento and became the River Cats for the 2000 season.