Northwest Arkansas Naturals

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Team History[edit]

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, of the Double-A 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" primarily to honor the area's natural beauty. The logo includes a waterfall, as Arkansas is home to more than 100 of the natural beauties. Their nickname also honors the Arkansas state slogan "The Natural State" and the film The Natural (1984) - which was shot mostly at the first home of the Nats' corporate sibling, the Buffalo Bisons, who were once the Wichita Aeros.

Their arch-rival Arkansas Travelers home park is not in the state's capital and largest city, Little Rock but in its much smaller suburb, North Little Rock. The Tavs and most if not everyone else nevertheless used "ARK" as the Travs' abbreviation on pocket schedules, but for many years the Nats were an exception - instead identifying the Travs as "NLR". A staffer confirmed that was a dig at the Travs for "claiming" the whole state as their own.

The Nats defense had a probably unique game on July 19, 2011 - when two of their pitchers combined on a no-hitter during a game in which while their fielders also turned a triple play.

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 58-79 10th Chris Widger Abraham O. Nunez Derrick Lewis Mike Jirschele, Christian Colon
2023 64-74 10th Tommy Shields Andy LaRoche Larry Carter Kevin Kuntz, Christian Colon
2024 Tommy Shields Andy LaRoche Larry Carter Kevin Kuntz, Chris Nelson, Sam Eades

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