Wichita Wranglers

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Team History[edit]

Originally known as the Wichita Pilots in 1987 and 1988, the Wichita Wranglers began play in the Texas League in 1989. Following the 2007 season, the franchise relocated to Springdale, Arkansas, where they became known as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Like previous Wichita professional teams, the Wranglers played at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, built in 1934 and long thought to be both too historic to replace and the reason Wichita twice lost affiliated ball. Ultimately, though, it was - by a new stadium that now hosts the Wichita Wind Surge.


  • Texas League Playoff Champions: 1992 and 1999
  • Texas League Regular Season Champions: 1999 and 2002
  • Texas League Western Division Champions: 1989, 1992 and 1996

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
1989 73-63 3rd (t) Pat Kelly Lost League Finals Gary Lance
1990 67-68 5th Steve Lubratich Lonnie Keeter Jon Matlack
1991 71-64 3rd Steve Lubratich Jack Maloof John Cumberland
1992 70-66 4th Bruce Bochy League Champs Danny Garcia Sonny Siebert
1993 68-68 3rd Dave Trembley Lost in 1st round Sonny Siebert
1994 54-82 8th Keith Champion Rick Adair
1995 72-64 2nd Ron Johnson Lost in 1st round UL Washington Gary Lance
1996 70-70 4th (t) Ron Johnson Lost League Finals UL Washington Gary Lance
1997 64-76 7th Ron Johnson Jeff Barns Gary Lance
1998 75-65 3rd John Mizerock Lost League Finals Phil Stephenson Mike Mason
1999 83-57 1st John Mizerock League Champs Phil Stephenson Mike Mason
2000 76-61 2nd Keith Bodie Lost League Finals Kevin Long Steve Crawford
2001 79-58 2nd Keith Bodie Lost in 1st round Kevin Long Steve Crawford
2002 80-59 1st Keith Bodie Lost in 1st round Nelson Liriano Larry Carter
2003 71-69 4th Keith Bodie Lost in 1st round Nelson Liriano Larry Carter
2004 73-66 3rd Frank White Nelson Liriano Larry Carter
2005 68-72 6th Frank White Nelson Liriano Larry Carter
2006 77-62 2nd Frank White Lost League Finals Al LeBoeuf Larry Carter
2007 56-84 8th Tony Tijerina Tommy Gregg

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