Northwest Arkansas Naturals

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Team History[edit]

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, of the Texas League and briefly in Double-A Central, adopted a 6-foot-9 Sasquatch named Strike as their mascot upon arriving from Wichita, KS. The Kansas City Royals farmhands play their home games at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, AR.

The team was named "Naturals" to honor the area's natural beauty. The logo includes a waterfall, as Arkansas is home to over 100 waterfalls. Their nickname also honors the Arkansas slogan "The Natural State" and the movie The Natural (1984) - which was shot mostly at the first home of the Nats' corporate sibling, the Buffalo Bisons - once the Wichita Aeros.

For years, the Nats' pocket schedules identified the Arkansas Travelers as "NLR" (for North Little Rock, AR) instead of "ARK" - which a staffer confirmed was a dig at the Travs for "claiming" the whole state as their own.

Two Nats pitchers combined on a no-hitter while their defense turned a triple play in the same July 19, 2011, game.

The Nats play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Naturales del Noroeste de Arkansas (a straightforward translation of their name, although "Naturales" can also mean "Natives").

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
2008 75-65 3rd (t) Brian Poldberg Lost in 1st round Tommy Gregg Larry Carter
2009 73-67 3rd Brian Poldberg Lost League Finals Terry Bradshaw Larry Carter
2010 86-54 1st Brian Poldberg League Champs Terry Bradshaw Larry Carter
2011 73-64 3rd Brian Poldberg Lost in 1st round Terry Bradshaw Larry Carter
2012 58-81 8th Brian Poldberg Terry Bradshaw Larry Carter
2013 59-81 8th Brian Poldberg Nelson Liriano Jim Brower
2014 53-87 8th Vance Wilson Andre David Jim Brower
2015 69-70 4th Vance Wilson Lost League Finals Brandon Moore Jim Brower
2016 65-75 6th Vance Wilson Lost League Finals Brian Buchanan Steve Luebber
2017 76-73 6th Vance Wilson Lost in 1st round Leon Roberts Steve Luebber
2018 70-70 5th Mike Rojas Leon Roberts Steve Luebber Chris Nelson
2019 57-81 8th Darryl Kennedy Abraham O. Nunez Doug Henry Nelson Liriano
2020 Season cancelled
2021 64-55 2nd (t) Scott Thorman League Champs Abraham O. Nunez Derrick Lewis
2022 Chris Widger Abraham O. Nunez Derrick Lewis Mike Jirschele, Christian Colon

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