Every Minor-League Club with “Cat” in the Team Name

There are six affiliated minor-league clubs with the word “cat” in the team name. Some of those clubs are named after real types of cat; others, less so. What follows, for the benefit of (a) the readership and also (b) the abstract concept of Truth, is the authoritative list on teams named after cats, real or fictional.


Club: Carolina Mudcats (Zebulon, NC)
Level: High-A League: Carolina
Affiliation: Cleveland Indians
Real Thing? Yes. Common name for catfish native to the Mississippi Delta.



Club: Lynchburg Hillcats (Lynchburg, VA)
Level: High-A League: Carolina
Affiliation: Atlanta Braves
Real Thing? No.



Club: New Britain Rock Cats (New Britain, CT)
Level: Double-A League: Eastern
Affiliation: Minnesota Twins
Real Thing? Sort of.


Fish Cats

Club: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Manchester, NH)
Level: Double-A League: Eastern
Affiliation: Toronto Blue Jays
Real Thing? Yes. The fisher, or fisher cat, is a member of the weasel family found most often in the northern part of North America.




Club: Sacramento River Cats (Sacramento, CA)
Level: Triple-A League: Pacific Coast
Affiliation: Oakland A’s
Real Thing? Maybe? There’s a wild cat known commonly as a fishing cat (note: different than a fisher cat), although it’s both (a) native to South and Southeast Asia and also (b) endangered.



Club: Tri-City ValleyCats (Troy, NY)
Level: Low-A League: New York-Penn
Affiliation: Houston Astros
Real Thing? No, although there are cat clubs in the Fox River and Chippewa Valleys.

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  1. 23553 says:

    When I was three, my favorite thing at the zoo was the fishing cats. Usually my dad would take me, but one day my mom and her friend took me instead. I kept asking to see the fishing cats, “Fish cats yes see!”, and they kept refusing to believe they existed, much less were in the zoo. Finally, we happened upon them. Again, I was three, so I only have vague memories of this, but I have to imagine I was one smug little bastard.
    Does this have more than a fleeting connection to the article? No, most certainly not. But I will take every fucking opportunity I can to talk about fishing cats.

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  2. filihok says:

    Who is the fringiest prospect on each of these teams?

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  3. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    It is presumptuous of the Carolina MudCats to take that name in the Carolina League. It would be like a team in the Texas League being named the Texas Missions, or a National League team being called the National Cardinals. Many, if not most, people in Carolina are not represented by the Carolina MudCats and do not pay allegiance thereto.

    Mascot-ation without representation. Something must be done.

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  4. Keith says:

    Yay, ValleyCats.

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  5. Bryz says:

    When I was a kid, I always thought it was the New Britain Rockettes and that the announcer was just mispronouncing the name.

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  6. zkolodin says:

    Who would you project to win in a real baseball tournament?

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  7. Aaron says:

    You forgot about the Thundercats.

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  8. Jamie says:

    MiLB needs to publish a style guide for imaginary cat-themed team names. Are these Fake Cats, Fakecats, or (God help us all) FakeCats?

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  9. Sarge6 says:

    Six “cat” teams to only three “dog” teams: Portland Sea Dogs (AA BoSox), Charleston RiverDogs (A NYY), and Batavia Muckdogs (SS Marlins). I am going to have to re-evaluate my joy in MiLB.

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  10. Fish Heads Fish Heads Roly Poly Fish Heads Fish Heads Fish Heads Eat Them Up YUMMMMMMM says:

    Now I got the “Stray Cat Strut” stuck in my head. Thanks for nuthin.

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  11. Steven says:

    does the Hillcat look stoned or racist?

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