River Cats

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The River Cats, pictured here in July 2019, will remain a San Francisco Giants affiliate through at least 2030.

The Sacramento River Cats announced on Feb. 12 a new long-term partnership with the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants as part of Major League Baseball’s new Player Development License (PDL). The 10-year extension keeps the River Cats as the Giants’ top minor league affiliate through the 2030 season.

“The San Francisco Giants are one of Major League Baseball’s most respected and storied franchises, and we are honored to continue what has been an incredible partnership both on the field and in our communities,” said River Cats general manager Chip Maxson. “The new PDL will allow the River Cats and Giants to focus on long-term player health, wellness and development, which will lead to an even better fan experience and more championships.”

This will be the seventh season since partnering with the Giants in September 2014, compiling a record of 332-377 in the process including a championship run in 2019, becoming the only club to win three Triple-A Championships.

“We are excited to continue our dynamic partnership with Sacramento for 10 more seasons,” said Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. “Sacramento has proven to be an important affiliate by providing our players an excellent place to play with a passionate fan-base, all in close proximity to San Francisco.”

Sacramento is one of San Francisco’s four domestic minor league affiliates, alongside Double-A Richmond (Eastern League), Advanced-A Eugene (Northwest League), and Class-A San Jose (California League).