During the Cats’ 2001-2014 seasons, the team played in the “independent” professional baseball leagues. Even though many people considered the Cats to be a “minor league” baseball team, the Cats did not play in the formal Minor League Baseball (MiLB) family of teams.
Instead, the Cats were a professional baseball team which played independently of the MiLB structure. Many of the Cats players had their rights sold to Major League Baseball organizations, and then those MLB organizations assigned that player to a Minor League Baseball team with whom the parent MLB had a formal player development agreement.
To confirm, the Cats players were “professional” baseball players. They just played in leagues which were independent of MiLB, and those leagues had their own rules, by-laws, separate legal entities, etc.
If you want to discover more about these independent professional leagues and teams, you are welcome to start with the current list of independent baseball leagues and teams here:
You also may get unique trivia and history from the independent leagues, since the current version of independent baseball started in 1993. You can get those trivia questions at any of these links:
Over time, we will add more history about the Cats and their opponents on this website. If you are interested in discovering more about independent baseball then you are welcome to start at the links mentioned above; and you also are encouraged to the search engines and search for specific teams and leagues of interest to you.