Susan Slusser: Sacramento River Cats Would Like to Become an #SFGiants Affiliate

On a morning where I was reading about the possibilities of technology and internet mergers that could change entertainment life on a grand scale, I found this article sitting on my lap about the possibility that Minor League life for the organizations of the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s could be changed a little. The Fresno Grizzlies have been an affiliate of the Giants since 1998, while the A’s have had the Sacramento River Cats as their Triple-A affiliate since 1999. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle provides quotes and details of the possible move for the River Cats (two words, not one) to work with the Giants, and not the A’s, including the fact that both leases end between the Minor League team and the parent club end after this season. I haven’t been to either minor league park, so when she says Sacramento is nicer than Fresno, I’ll have to take her word for it. Proximity would also be a selling point, as it’s about 84 miles between AT&T Park and Riley Field in Sacramento while it’s 184 miles between AT&T Park and Chukchansi Park in Fresno. The article notes that Riley Field is one of the nicer parks in not just the Pacific Coast League, where both the Grizzlies and the River Cats play, but in all of the Minors. Of course, being that the Giants and A’s have a current feud over territory with the A’s trying to build a new stadium, it probably would not feel good for the Giants to take something the A’s have have enjoyed for the past decade-and-a-half. We shall see how this plays out, and if Giants fans prefer the drive to Sacramento, or will be disappointed with a move out of Fresno if that ends up being the plan.

Update: Slusser posted some answers to some FAQ’s she’s been getting on Twitter, about if the MiLB players become Giants players, if the Giants have been sneaky, and how often a change of MiLB affiliates happens. Good knowledge she’s dropping.

Another update!: The Sacramento River Cats released a statement on their Twitter account regarding their affiliation with the Athletics:

 

 

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