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Athletics could lose Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento to the Giants

May 18, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics could lose the Sacramento River Cats, their Triple-A affiliate, to the Giants after the season. The Athletics’ affiliate agreement with Sacramento expires after the season, coinciding with the Giants’ deal with the Fresno Grizzlies, their Triple-A affiliate, expiring as well.

Slusser notes that Sacramento is considered one of the better minor league cities to play in and the River Cats play in one of the best stadiums in the minors. It would certainly hurt the Athletics’ ability to reign in free agents looking to make it back to the big leagues. The Giants are comparatively a more attractive partner given the market in which they play.

The Giants and A’s have some recent history with each other, as the Giants blocked the Athletics’ attempt to move to San Jose. The River Cats joining forces with the Giants would just be more salt in the wound for the Athletics.

  1. coffeeblack95616 - May 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    The irony is that Sacramento would lose a good minor league franchise. The A’s have a strong minor league history, whereas the Giants’ minor league history is fairly weak up until recently (and it’s still not that impressive).

  2. spytdi - May 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    A’s need to vacate the pit which is Oakland.

  3. Dogsweat - May 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Portland A’s sounds very good. The writing is on the wall, and Oregon would sell out and appreciate the A’s. No need for tarps and 1.00 tickets and EBT machines if they A’s move up North.

    • Reflex - May 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Portland couldn’t even keep its AAA franchise. As much as I’d love another team in the northwest, I don’t see how it can happen. Also, I doubt MLB would move two AL franchises that close to each other with such a lack of population density in the region.

    • rohlo - May 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      portland said goodbye to minor league baseball by kicking out the beavers for a soccer stadium!!! baseball isnt coming back to portland…

      • gloccamorra - May 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        But, but… it was a stadium conversion for a women’s pro soccer team! And the (former) owner of the triple A baseball team is the new owner of the soccer team! He thought he could sell more tickets to watch sweaty women soccer players than sweaty male baseball players. I’m surprised he didn’t keep the name Beavers (snicker).

    • clydeserra - May 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      EBT machines?

      Nice to see racists still able to post..

      • Dogsweat - May 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        This has to be one of the most moronic and ignorant statements, and you just proved your self to be the racist, by assuming everybody who gets EBT benefits are non white. Keep showing your true colors, in subtle ways.

        BTW The Majority of persons using EBT Benefits are persons of European bloodline.

        You are the problem, you are a closet racist .

      • clydeserra - May 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        I know that. I aso know most people who decry EBT cards do so for racist reasons.

        Incidentally, why would you say ebt cards are used at the stadium then?

        That makes no sense.

      • Dogsweat - May 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Nice try, way to deflect the fact that you are a racist.

        I don’t have to explain my posts to a low IQ A’s fan, who doesn’t get it.

        It actually makes sense, and if were intelligent, you would find it witty, instead of playing the tired old “your a racist” naa naa naa. I’m telling on you!

        I don’t respond or want to be near person like your self who have the intelligence of a snail. That is why the San Francisco Giants fans are superior to anything that worships the A’s.

        Now shoo. Or run to mama.

      • clydeserra - May 18, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        pardon?

      • clydeserra - May 19, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        it makes as much sense as this guy from yesterday

        “Look up “Orange County Native” and it will show MW as it’s perfect citizen.

        This is a place that has segregated bathrooms and water fountains, so what did you expect from him? He is only parroting where he came from, bullying and bigotry are the character and nature of the OC AKA Outhouse Central.

        The TV Show was pure deception.”

        Oh, that was you.

      • wolverine307 - May 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        EBT machines are racist?

      • clydeserra - May 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        No. What Dogsweat said was racist. When people say negative things about the EBT program in forums like this where it is completely out of context, it is 9 time out of 9 because they are dehumanizing the brown people for being poor.

    • zengreaser - May 18, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Here’s an idea: move back to Philly. Let the local government in Oakland realize what they missed out on by not supporting their team & then they could try to secure an expansion franchise.

      • Dogsweat - May 18, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        The A’s have to leave the region in order to make any kind of profit. The San Francisco Giants are the supreme team in the region win or lose, the Giants don’t need gimmicks and dog and pony shows to get a strong fan base. No, 1 dollar tickets, or BOGO or free toys just to get rectums in the stands.

        The Giants are gobbling up all triple A clubs and have blocked the Lames from moving to San Jose, the Lames attendance is so bad, the Tampa Bay Rays out draw them in a losing season. Tarps are everywhere during a lames game, and unless the Red Sox or Yankees are in town(Red Sox and Yankee fans take over) the lames attendance is pathetic, we have the records and video. One year while being in first place, The lames turned out half of the lights, because only about 1,500 persons showed up, you can YT the video. The San Francisco were in that region first and own it, they are superior to this whipping boys called the lames. Find any city, and the lames will get supported. It has to be in another state. Las Vegas, Charlotte, New Mexico etc.

      • wolverine307 - May 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Locate it on the NJ side, so NJ would have a team of their own to rally behind.

    • studyandwrite - May 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      sell out, might be, if they have heroine give away night or meta amphetamine give away night. no, really baseball and portland you must be needling.

  4. hcf95688 - May 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    If Sacramento ownership switches and becomes a Giants affiliate, the A’s should take on San Jose as their AAA club. Tit for tat.

    • Dogsweat - May 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      How about the Lames leave, San Francisco was in the area first, and the lames can go back to original city. The SF Giants own the region. The Lames will be whipping boys to the San Francisco Giants, unless they leave the state.

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        You calling the A’s “the Lames” is a weak attempt at humor.

    • metmusings - May 19, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      What do you mean, ‘take on San Jose as their AAA club”?
      There IS NO San Jose club in AAA. If a team tried to move there, San Francisco would still have the right to block it.

  5. Dogsweat - May 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    You calling the A’s “the Lames” is a weak attempt at humor.

    ************

    Not really it’s the only word that is G rated that I can use on the board, I have other names, but tattle tales like yourself would run to the teachers.

    BTW

    When do you think Milwaukee will fade away, July or August?

    The San Francisco Giants will be in the World Series, when is the last time the Milwaukee Brewers went to the series……………………………………1982 as an AL team.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 19, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      When and if the Brewers fade your joke will still suck.

    • seattlej - May 19, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Dogs don’t sweat.

    • clydeserra - May 19, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      oh my god. Dude, step away from the computer. You are not good at the internet.

  6. thisdamnbox - May 19, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Wow, I’m starting to figure out why people hate my Giants and their fans…When did Giants fans become s**t-talking d-bags like Yankee and Dodger fans?

    • clydeserra - May 19, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      most aren’t like that. that dude is just unhinged.

    • hcf95688 - May 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Fall, 2010 from the best I can tell.

  7. nashvilletrojan - May 19, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Back in the 90’s and early 2000’s I lived in Sacto and went to River Cats games at Raley Field (I’m a Dodger fan, but I just love going to baseball games). Great stadium! I thought that when Raley Field was built, it was designed with the possibility of expanding the seating to eventually accommodate a major league ball club. Is this not an option anymore? I thought that they A’s could possibly move to Sacramento if Oakland did not pan out. Could the A’s expand Raley and move to Sacramento?

    I live in TN now, so I’m out of the loop.

    • clydeserra - May 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      It was. It sin’t. Like most pie in the sky plans of sports stadiums that was a hustle as well.

      It will cost way to mch to retrofit another deck on Raley Field. you may as well tear it down and put up another.

  8. koalafamily2 - May 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    I have to agree with some of the posters that know Oakland’s major league franchise has a fanbase made of uneducated and uncivilized people from all over. I’ve attended A’s games during their Bay Bridge Series against the SF Giants, and opposing fans get assaulted when wearing non-A’s clothing. Some of their kids, which are at least kindergarten age, swear like truck drivers at anyone not wearing green and gold at Oakland Coliseum.

    On the other hand, at least 5% of SF Giants fans are hooligans, compared to at least 75% who are troublemakers in Oakland. I would think SF can benefit more with a better minor league affiliate, just because their franchise is a bit more proper and their fans can behave themselves like courteous human beings. The ghetto description for A’s fans is not a racist statement, but rather a true fact…

  9. sfgnts324 - May 20, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    It just doesn’t seem fair that the A’s organization gets a Triple-A club in both Sacramento and Oakland. It’s about time they lost one.

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