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David Freese Cracks Top Ten Right Now

Fans of MLB Network know that they have been subjecting players to “The Shredder” for statistical analysis to determine the top ten players at each position right now.

In an episode of the show, hosted by Brian Kenny, that will air Friday night, i70baseball has learned from an MLB Network executive that St. Louis Cardinal David Freese will indeed be featured as one of the top 10 thirdbaseman in baseball.

Photo Courtesy of/Copyright Erika Lynn

Photo Courtesy of/Copyright Erika Lynn

The “Top Ten Right Now” series is enjoying it’s third incarnation and will feature a Cardinal third baseman for the first time when Freese’s name is revealed.  Sabermetric Godfather Bill James and former Oriole second baseman Bill Ripken will be on hand with Kenny to help analyze The Shredder’s results and provide their own lists for comparison.

Bill James:
“The only thing you like about him really is the bat. He [has] a terrific bat, quick bat, hits the ball hard [to] straightaway center. He’s not a defensive wonder, he’s not a base stealer, but he does hit.”

Freese has garnered some attention since his now famous heroics in the 2011 Post Season.  However, it was 2012 that helped solidify that Freese could be seen as a consistent contributor to the Cardinals roster.   A player that has battled injuries for most of his career, Freese was able to take the field for 144 games last season and show solid production while he was at it.

Bill Ripken:
“When King Albert left and went out to Los Angeles to play with the Angels, here’s one of the guys that picked up the slack.”

He would reach career highs in almost every offensive category, posting a .293/.372/.467 “slash line” while hitting 20 home runs and driving in 79.  He was a spark plug at times for the 2012 team and added much needed depth in the lower part of the lineup.  He would achie his first appearance in the midsummer classic after being voted in as the final roster spot by fans on the heels of a very successful social media campaign for the position.

Brian Kenny:
“Freese has established himself now as a solid contributor to the Cardinals.”

“He’s a player who isn’t great at any one thing, but is above average everywhere and that makes you an excellent player.”

“Last year, [he had] 20 homers, .293 batting average, 57 walks. Just enough power, average and plate selection to add up to sixth in OPS among qualifying third basemen last year.”

Freese’s future looks bright for the team and the team is currently in negotiations with the home town hero to avoid arbitration and possibly secure him to a long term deal.

The show will air at 8pm Central Time on MLB Network, Friday February 8th.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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March Madness – All Time Cardinals Tourney Second Round

Drop by our friends at Pitchers Hit Eighth, C70 At The Bat, and Aaron Miles’ Fastball to vote in the Musial, Smith, and Gibson Regions of the tournament.  The turn out to this point has been outstanding and we move forward today with the opening of the second round of the tournament.  I-70 is the home of the Buck Region, and the bracket now looks like this:

Which brings us to your participation.

Voting for this round closes Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Central Time.

It’s time to get the Buck Bracket down to four teams and we need your vote in the following four games:

The top seed in the bracket, the 1942 Cardinals, posted a shut-out in their opening match-up.  It is important to note that this is the most successful team in Cardinal history.  With 106 wins (most in franchise history) and a decisive 4 games to 1 victory over the mighty Yankees.  The 1942 team was the beginning of one of the few dynasties in Cardinals history, which would see the team play in four of five World Series and bring home three titles.  A young rookie named Stan Musial had joined the team and pitcher Mort Cooper would bring home a Most Valuable Player Award for his performance.

The 1957 Cardinals were the loan “upset” in our opening round in the Buck Region, knocking off the 1947 team placed just ahead of them in the seeding.  The team that year would finish in second place, watching the Milwaukee Braves represent the National League in the World Series.  A winning record of 87-67 would not be enough for an offensive heavy edition of the Birds-on-the-bat as Stan Musial would once again lead the team in production.

Round 2 Game 1

  • (1) 1942 (92%, 11 Votes)
  • (9) 1957 (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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The fifth seed in our bracket, the 2005 Cardinals, breezed into the next round, and rightfully so.  A great team at a low-seed, the 2005 edition produced 100 wins before losing in heart-breaking fashion to the Houston Astros in the National League Championship Series.  That series produced memorable moments for many Cardinal fans despite ending prior to reaching the pinnacle of the game.  The team was so dominant that they would bring home a Cy Young Award for Chris Carpenter and a Most Valuable Player Award for Albert Pujols.

Our number four seed, however, is part of the dynasty that we discussed with our number one seed in the tournament.  If the 1942 Cardinals started the dynasty, the 1943 Cardinals were the only stumbling block.  They won 105 games, second most in franchise history and Stan Musial would bring home the Most Valuable Player Award.  They were dominant from wire to wire, until they reached the World Series.  The only team in the 1940’s run to not win a World Series, the team was very successful otherwise.  The match-up of two great teams that couldn’t win the World Series promises to be one of the best in this bracket.

Round 2 Game 2

  • (5) 2005 (58%, 7 Votes)
  • (4) 1943 (42%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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The dynasty of the 1940’s continues with our fourth seed, the 1944 Cardinals.  Matching their previous year, the team would win 105 games and, this time, would not disappoint in the Fall Classic.  The second World Championship of the decade would find it’s way home to St. Louis as Stan Musial continued to become a household name.  The World Series would never leave St. Louis that year as the Cardinals would defeat the Browns four games to two.

The 2009 Cardinals were expected to be a force when they reached the playoffs after winning 91 games during the season.  Unfortunately, when they arrived at the National League Division Series, the team seemed over matched and out of place.  The Los Angeles Dodgers sent them home quickly and brought a disappointing end to another strong season under Tony LaRussa.

Round 2 Game 3

  • (3) 1944 (83%, 10 Votes)
  • (6) 2009 (17%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Our final game pits our number seven seed, 1935, against the number two seed.  The 1935 group is yet another promising team that did not play in the World Series.  With 96 wins, the team fell four games back of the league winner that year, the hated Chicago Cubs.  This team would see Dizzy Dean finish second for the Most Valuable Player Award, three spots in front of teammate Joe Medwick.

Our namesake here at i70baseball, the 1985 Cardinals, may be the emotional pick and one of the best, non-championship teams in our bracket.  A team built on speed, defense, and fundamentals, the 85 crew was lead by Willie McGee and his .353 batting average and two hurlers that would finish in the top five of the Cy Young voting – Joaquin Andujar (4) and John Tudor (2).

Round 2 Game 4

  • (2) 1985 (100%, 12 Votes)
  • (7) 1935 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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There you go, run and vote and share with all your friends.  Visit the other sties above to cast your votes in their brackets and help us decide who the greatest Cardinal team of all time is.

A bit of a teaser from Nick at Pitchers Hit Eighth today: Also, stay tuned to the United Cardinal Bloggers website later today for a fun contest you can participate in along with the Tourney!

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March Madness Cardinal Tourney – Round One

Earlier today we introduced the UCB All Time Cardinal Team Tournament.

This tournament of 64 different Cardinal franchises will start today here on i70baseball and on Pitchers Hit Eighth.

The Buck Region belongs to us and our match-ups follow below.  Please take the time to vote on the various games and help us determine who the best of the best really is.

Voting for this round will close on Saturday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. Central Time

The 1942Cardinals hold the record for the most wins in franchise history (106). They won the World Series, only losing one game to the Yankees. Enos Slaughter was the team’s top performing player posting a 7.1 WAR.

The 1917 Cardinals finished 3rd in the National League with a 82-70 record. Rogers Hornsby led the team in WAR, posting a 9.2.

Round 1 Game

  • (1) 1942 (100%, 26 Votes)
  • (16) 1917 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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The 1947Cards posted a 89-65 record while finishing second in the National League. Whitey Kurowski was the best on the team, posting a 6.2 WAR.

The 1957 team was also a second place finisher, posting a 87-67 record. Stan Musial would lead the team with a 6.6 WAR.

Round 1 Game 2

  • (9) 1957 (69%, 18 Votes)
  • (8) 1947 (31%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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 The 2005 team won 100 games, yet lost in the NLCS to the Houston Astros.  Albert Pujols led the team with a 8.2 WAR.

The 2008 team would finish in 4th place while posting a 86-76 record.  Albert Pujols would lead this team with a 9.6 WAR.

Round 1 Game 3

  • (5) 2005 (100%, 26 Votes)
  • (12) 2008 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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The 1943 team would win 105 games and lose the World Series to the New York Yankees.  Stan Musial led the boys with a 8.9 WAR.

1977 was a sentimental pick.  The year I was born, the Cards went 83-79 and finished 3rd in the National League East.  Ted Simmons led the team with a 6.3 WAR.

Round 1 Game 4

  • (4) 1943 (92%, 24 Votes)
  • (13) 1977 (8%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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 In 1944 Cardinals won a World Series title after winning a second consecutive 105 win season.  Stan Musial would post a 9.1 WAR to lead the team.

The 14th seed is the 1914 club.  They finished 81-72, 3rd in the league.  Pitcher Harry “Slim” Sallee led the team with a 4.8 WAR.

Round 1 Game 5

  • (3) 1944 (96%, 25 Votes)
  • (14) 1914 (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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 2009 would see the Cardinals finish at 91-71 and lose the NLDS to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Albert Pujols would led the team with a 8.8 WAR.

The 1991 Cardinals would finish in 2nd place, their highest finish under Joe Torre.  Ozzie Smith would led the team with a 4.7 WAR.

Round 1 Game 6

  • (6) 2009 (65%, 17 Votes)
  • (11) 1991 (35%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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The 1935 Cardinals would finish second in the league despite a 96-58 record.  Dizzy Dean posted a 7.6 WAR.

1989 would give the Cardinals a 86-76 record, good enough to finish third.  Ozzie Smith would lead the team with a 6.3 WAR.

Round 1 Game 7

  • (7) 1935 (88%, 22 Votes)
  • (10) 1989 (12%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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The number two seed represents the site well, coming from 1985.  The team won 101 games and lost the World Series to the Royals.

The 15th seed comes from the year prior, in 1984.  They would finish 84-78 and third in the division.  Bruce Sutter’s 4.5 WAR would lead the team.

Round 1 Game 8

  • (2) 1985 (100%, 24 Votes)
  • (15) 1984 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Please vote and share the brackets with your friends.  The polls will close on Saturday and the winners will move on to next week’s rounds.

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Moving On

Saturday December 10, 2011 is an historic day. For on this day, at about 1:30 PM Central time, St. Louis Cardinals fans will be able to turn on their TVs or fire up their computers and get their first look at Albert Pujols wearing another teams’ uniform as the LA Angels hold a press conference to introduce their newly-signed slugger. For many who are loyal to the Birds on the Bat, this image will conjure emotions like anger, disappointment, sadness or maybe even physical illness. But let it also be that sweet relief we all need in a moment like this: closure.

Now it’s really real. Once that familiar figure appears in that unfamiliar jersey, your mind will finally grasp what has happened. Many of us have said we understand it, and some even claimed to be comfortable with it. But only after the face of Albert Pujols smiles above the word “ANGELS” plastered across his chest and that image is burned into all of our brains forever can the healing truly begin.

It is just like a break-up. Break-ups come in all shapes and sizes: divorce, job loss, moving across the country, a pet running away, etc. Anytime a comfortable mainstay in life departs, no matter how significant, it sucks in one way or another. But then one morning you get up and the sun is a little brighter, the coffee is a little richer, and the realization that “everything is going to be just fine” takes hold.

The Cardinals did a good thing by not turning right around and signing the first big name they could reel in after getting the news on Thursday. John Mozeliak said something in his press conference about avoiding a knee-jerk reaction to sign anyone just for the sake of signing someone. That is a great move. Sleep on it. Wait until the emotion settles a little. After all, the Cardinals are still a pretty stout team. Adam Wainwright comes back into a rotation that already features Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, and Jake Westbrook. The young arms in the bullpen—Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski, Fernando Salas, Eduardo Sanchez—they’re all back to support closer Jason Motte. Yadier Molina is still behind the plate. David Freese, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Lance Berkman will be ready to go. And Allen Craig should be good as new by May after surgery on that banged-up knee. The middle infield is in a state of flux, but at this point can anyone question Mo’s ability to make the necessary moves to shore up that or any position?

The remainder of the Hot Stove season should be fairly exciting as a result. Maybe Rafael Furcal and Nick Punto come back to platoon with Tyler Greene and Skip Schumaker at shortstop and second; that sure seemed to work out OK in 2011. Another name being tossed around is Carlos Beltran. That’s right, Beltran. Cardinal Killer-turned-batter frozen by Wainwright as Molina jumped past him to celebrate the Cards’ win over the Mets in the 2006 NLCS. Can you imagine that guy wearing the Birds on the Bat, patrolling the outfield at Busch Stadium?

Also, as if anyone needed a reminder, the Cards have a new manager for the first time in 16 seasons. It is impossible to know what kind of job Mike Matheny will do in his first year as skipper. But it should be fun to watch regardless. Remember, this guy played for Tony La Russa for a number of years and had Dave Duncan at his side then, too. He is also the guy who taught Yadi everything he knows at the professional level. That is clout, my friends.

Did you forget about old what’s-his-name for a second there? Not too hard, is it…

Cardinal fans have plenty to be excited about for the rest of this offseason and in 2012. This weekend may suck, but the feeling is temporary. Remember the old saying “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.” Right now, Cards fans are in that dark period. The dawn is just around the corner. In fact, it seems to be getting a little light already. Is that coffee I smell?

Chris Reed is a freelance writer who also writes for InsideSTL Mondays and at Bird Brained whenever he feels like it. Follow him on Twitter @birdbrained.

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Cardinals Unveil New Show

The Cardinals Hot Stove League Show Debuts
Presented By U.S. Cellular
In Depth Coverage of Offseason Moves and Other Team News

ST. LOUIS (November 30, 2011)- Gather around the Hot Stove this winter as the “Cardinals Hot Stove League Show presented by U.S. Cellular,” keeps you up-to-date on all the latest free agent signings, trades, and personnel moves made during the off-season.

Hosted by Kevin Wheeler and Mike Claiborne, the “Cardinals Hot Stove League Show presented by U.S. Cellular” will air on 1120 KMOX and select Cardinals Radio Network affiliates from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Central Time) every Monday night beginning on December 5th and running through March 26th.

The focus of the show will be on Cardinals baseball, with an additional emphasis on Major League Baseball as a whole. Topics will also include the Cardinals minor league system, as well as business and community issues.

Guests will include Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, general manager John Mozeliak, broadcasters Mike Shannon and John Rooney, front office officials, and current and former Cardinals players.

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I-70 Radio Set For Return

This Monday night on Blog Talk Radio, I-70 Baseball Radio will make a long anticipated return.

I-70 Radio launched in July 2010 in support of this website. Over the time, it has featured many writers, players, and coaches bringing their thoughts to the airwaves.

In July of 2011, I-70 Radio took a hiatus from the airwaves due to issues beyond the staff’s control. In all honesty, I simply had to step away for a while to tend to real life issues.

Life is in order and I-70 Radio is back. With Bill Ivie (hey, that’s me!) and Troy Olsen bringing you all the news from around Cardinal and Royal nation.

This week, tune in and hear Bill Ivie interview Jon Jay and Lorenzo Cain as we check in on the center fielders from both organizations. Troy will be on hand to talk about Jonathan Sanchez, the new hurler in Royal blue, and Bill will break down the managerial search. Both guys will bring you up to speed on all the rumors surrounding the teams on the eve of the Winter Meetings.

Tune it at our new time, 9 PM Central Time. Join Angela Weinhold in the chat room and talk with some of the writers and fans of the site during the show.

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Myers, Colon named to AFL All-Star Squad

SURPRISE, AZ – The Arizona Fall League has announced that a pair of 2011 Naturals, Wil Myers and Christian Colon will participate for the West Division in the league’s Rising Stars Game this Saturday (November 5th) at 7 P.M. Central Time. Right-hander Nate Adcock, who spent the season as a big league reliever due to his Rule 5 status, also was selected as a representative of the Royals.

Accredited online colleges have information about sports management and sports medicine degrees for fans who want to get behind the scenes of the games.

The game will be televised nationally by the MLB Network and online via MLB.com.

Their club, the Surprise Saguaros, the Royals’ co-op team in the six-team AFL circuit, has certainly made its mark on the circuit. At 17-6 (.738), the Saguaros are on pace to break the AFL win percentage record (.705). In order to complete the feat, they need to go 10-4 or better in final 14 games.

The offense provided by the three Naturals on the Saguaros has been a big reason why. Myers drove in a run on a double Monday during a 1-for-4 effort. Last Tuesday’s 3-for-5 effort capped a four-game stretch that saw him get three hits in three separate games. Entering play Tuesday Myers is sixth in the league in batting average (.367), second in on-base percentage (.506), and second in slugging percentage (.700). He’s also tied for third in triples (3), tied for fourth with 42 total bases and has 17 walks, ranking him second in the loop.

Anthony Seratelli has also continued to hit. In his most recent appearance Saturday, Seratelli went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Although his playing time has been limited, he’s second in the AFL with a .395 batting average, and leads the pace with a .510 on-base percentage. He’s batting an impressive .450 (9-for-20) with the bases empty.

Myers and Seratelli’s hot hitting has evidently rubbed off on Colon, who has lifted his average to .280 (14-for-50). Colon logged multiple hits for the third consecutive game Saturday, going 2-for-6, and homered for the second time in three starts last Thursday.

On the hill, Jeremy Jeffress has had two scoreless frames in the past week and has now been unscored upon in his past four outings. The hard-throwing righty has recorded five of his past six outs via the strikeout and now has 11 strikeouts to just four walks in 7 2/3 innings tossed for Surprise. Brendan Lafferty tossed a scoreless frame with a strikeout Saturday that broke a string of four outings in which the southpaw had allowed at least one run. Bryan Paukovits also had two scoreless innings of relief during the past week.

Check back on nwanaturals.com for updates on the progress of these players. You can also get updates by following the Naturals on Facebook and Twitter.

Naturals/Texas League Notes

Former Natural Hosmer wins award: The Kansas City Royals have announced that rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer was selected as the 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The Joe Burke is awarded to an unsung player who contributed above and beyond what was expected, or someone who the writers felt deserved some recognition for an outstanding season.

Hosmer, who turned 22 on October 24th, began the 2011 season with Triple-A Omaha before making his Major League debut on May 6. The Royals first-round selection (third overall) in 2008 hit .293 (153-for-523) with 27 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs, 78 RBI and 66 runs scored. He led all qualified MLB rookies (min. 3.1 PA/game) in batting average, go-ahead RBI (26) and game-winning RBI (13). Hosmer also paced A.L. rookies in hits, runs and multi-hit games (42) while ranking second in RBI, doubles, total bases (243) and extra-base hits (49), third in home runs, walks (34) and slugging (.465), and fourth in on-base percentage (.334). The July A.L. Rookie of the Month either tied the game or gave the Royals the lead on 12 of his 19 home runs.

Dyson hurt, leaves winter ball: Jarrod Dyson returned to Kansas City last week to be examined after banging up his right shoulder while colliding with a wall during a game in the Venezuelan Winter League. The outfielder is expected to be OK. Royals’ General Manager Dayton Moore said that Dyson, playing for Caracas, will take a couple of weeks to heal from a contusion and slight strain of the shoulder. He is not likely to return to Venezuela, where he was batting .227 (5-for-22) in seven games.

Naturals no-hitter, triple-play game wins MILBY: Minorleaguebaseball.com selected the Naturals’ July 19th game against the Arkansas Travelers as both the best Double-A game of the year as well as the minors’ game of the year. That day in North Little Rock, Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera combined to throw the Naturals’ first no-hitter of the season. Smith allowed just two baserunners, back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the sixth that would be erased by the first triple play in Naturals’ history. It was the first time the feat of turning a triple play during a no-hitter had ever been accomplished in the long history of the Texas League. It also has never happened in over 250 no-hitters twirled at the Major League level.

Winter Ball Updates: Several other current and former Naturals are honing their craft this off-season playing in various winter leagues that span the globe.

In the Venezuelan Winter League, Mario Lisson (Navegantes de Magallanes) hasn’t seen playing time in the past week but is 1-for-5 on the season with three RBI’s. Former Natural Jose Duarte (Leones de Caracas) has been cold of late, recording just one hit over the past week in three starts. Ernesto Mejia (Aguilas del Zulia) had a homer and two RBI’s on Saturday as well as a hit Sunday, while Manny Pina (Bravos de Margarita) is batting .214 (3-for-14) in seven games thus far…In the Dominican League, David Lough (Aguilas Cibaenas) is riding a four-game hitting streak and has lifted his winter-ball average to .229. Naturals’ right-handerManauris Baez (Estrellas de Oriente) has had a great start to his winter league season, having allowed just five hits and a run in 9 1/3 innings covering three starts. Mario Santiago (Tigres del Licey) gave up three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in his most recent start, while Willy Lebron, his rotation-mate in Licey and fellow Royals’ farmhand, allowed two runs, both of which were unearned over five innings in his last start. He gave up just one hit but walked four. SouthpawBrandon Sisk (Gigantes del Cibao) plunked the only batter he faced in his last appearance and owns a 2.84 ERA in five outings, while Kelvin Herrera (Leones del Escogido) continues to impress, tossing 4 2/3 scoreless relief thus far with a save. Herrera has fanned four and walked one. He’s teammates with Everett Teaford, who was roughed up to three runs in 3 1/3 in his last outing. Also on Leones is Elisaul Pimentel, who joined the Naturals late in the season and will likely be in the 2012 rotation. Pimentel recorded one out in his first winter league outing of the year.…in the Mexican League, former Natural Federico Castaneda(Tomateros de Culiacan) has a 1-1 record and 7.71 ERA in nine outings thus far.

These teams and respective leagues will play the round-robin Caribbean Series which takes place in February just before early reports for Major League Spring Training.

Transaction log: Former Naturals infielder Chris McConnell re-signed with the Washington Nationals organization for his second season. A Natural in 2009 and 2010, the sure-handed McConnell split 2011 between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg…Former Naturals outfielder Brian McFall retired from professional baseball after the 2011 season. McFall was with the Naturals in 2008 and 2009 and has bounced around to several unaffiliated independent league teams in the two seasons since following his release from the Royals’ organization in March 2010.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark, located in Springdale. Visit our website, nwanaturals.com, for information on season tickets and ticket plans.

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