Pro News 

Joe Panik tonight will begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Sacramento River Cats against Reno, after recovering from a month-long lower-back injury.

The second-year second baseman missed 30 games and more than a month away from the World Champion Giants.  

“It’s been a long four-and-a-half weeks,” Panik admitted to MLB.com. 

Panik will play with the River Cats through the weekend and possibly rejoin the parent club in Phoenix on Monday for the last leg of a 10-game road series. 

A first-time All-Star in 2015, Panik was hitting .309 when he went on the Disabled List.

Prep Showcase News 

Ryan Kreidler, Davis’ senior shortstop, garnered Honorable Mention for the 2015 New Balance All-Area Code Games. Kreidler missed all but one game last year due to a wrist injury, as the Blue Devils--2014 Sac-Joaquin champs-- slumped to 8-6, finishing in the lower division of the Delta League without their star shortstop.






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For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the homegrown locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Parra, Andrew Susac, and many more.

Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch, Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.

Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds) Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies) Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets) Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays) John McNamara (6 teams).

Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).

After runnin' the bases here, if you would like to submit material that you believe should be included at BaseballSacramento.com, please send an email to
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot) com.

Also be sure to check out the All-Time Top 50 Players from Sacramento in the History section.


Rick Cabral

* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.

Updated 9/2/15
All contents © Rick Cabral, 2010-2015



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