According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento River Cats could soon be changing their Major League affiliation from the Oakland A’s to the San Francisco Giants.
The paper reported the minor league team’s ownership is looking to change, and they are especially interested in the Giants.
At this point in time, the River Cats say this report is just based on rumors. The team is not even capable of having discussions with the A’s or the Giants until the end of the season. However, the report is getting mixed reactions from fans.
From March to October, it seems no matter where you are in Northern California, baseball fans are wearing orange and black or green and yellow.
Now, after 14 years, The Sacramento River Cats could be switching sides, tearing their fans apart down the middle.
The San Francisco Chronicle sites insiders who say the River Cats’ owners are interested in becoming the Giants’ Minor League team, but Mark Ling, the River Cats spokesperson, says for now it isn’t even up for discussion.
“There’s pretty harsh tampering rules,” said Ling, “so we can’t even talk to the Giants by rule until our contract with the Athletics is up.”
That contract will expire at the end of this season in September.
That’s also the same time that the contract between the San Francisco Giants and Fresno Grizzlies expires.
“I don’t know what kind of draw they’re getting down in Fresno, but I would think Sacramento would be a better market,” said Brad Marks, a Giants fan.
A’s fans obviously have a different perspective. “I do think it would be a bad move by the owners because you would have a lot of bitter A’s fans,” said Mike Cunningham, “you have a lot of families from the A’s that come here because Oakland needs to re-build their stadium.”
There’s good news for those who just like the minor league team: if the switch happens, the River Cats would keep their current name and mascot.
Ling added, “If we ever do change affiliation, if we are with the Blue Jays or the Brewers or the Dodgers or the Giants, the only thing that would change are the players on the field.”