Forbes lists the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, tops for 2016 in value at $49 million. The team’s value is up from $38 million in 2013, the last time the magazine published minor-league baseball valuations.
The Giants have called up 13 players from the Triple-A River Cats to fill holes in their injury-riddled lineup this season. Most of the call-ups have played well, helping the team stay in first place in the National League West with the third-best record in the majors.
Giants reliever Sergio Romo gave up a solo homer but struck out the side Monday night at Raley Field in his one inning pitched for the River Cats as he begins his rehab assignment for his strained right elbow.
In its second season affiliated with the San Francisco Giants, the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats baseball team continues to play up its connections to its agriculturally rich surroundings in the Farm-to-Fork Capital. Debuting this season: Sactown Smokehouse and bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
A sold-out Raley Field became the center of attention at the West Sacramento-Sacramento nexus on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, when the San Francisco Giants played their top minor-league affiliate, the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. On the field and off, high-energy activity gave ever more credence to Sacramento's reputation as a baseball town.
Recent stories out of Scottsdale, Ariz., reported that the Giants will begin the season with only four outfielders. They were false. The Giants are carrying six; two of them, however, will be playing in Sacramento.