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Naturally, Northwest Arkansas finds fresh look

Royals Double-A club celebrates nature, community through design
December 6, 2023

Call it a Natural progression: On Wednesday afternoon, the Minor League Baseball team in Springdale, Ark., unveiled new logos and uniforms. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, are named for the natural beauty of the region in which they compete. The Texas League franchise,

2023 Texas League playoffs coverage

Sod Poodles win second crown in five years in grand fashion
September 28, 2023

Championship Series Sept. 27

Sod Poodles win second TL crown in five years

Duzenack's grand slam sets stage for D-backs affiliate's victory
September 28, 2023

Amarillo set up shop as a Double-A affiliate five years ago, and the Sod Poodles have scored two Texas League championships in that time. The second one was secured by D-backs affiliate in grand fashion Wednesday night. Behind a bases-loaded homer by Camden Duzenack, the Amarillo Sod Poodles routed the

Bases and ballots: Tulsa Drillers host early voters

ONEOK Field utilized as an election site over a three-day period
November 3, 2020

Thursday through Saturday, the Tulsa Drillers helped stage what was arguably the most important event to take place at a Minor League Baseball stadium in 2020. Over 13,000 people attended the socially distanced multi-day occasion at ONEOK Field, and yet not a single one sat in the seating bowl. They

Looking back at Voit's astounding August 2016

Yankees slugger showed flashes during Texas League summer
August 20, 2020

Yankees fans have gotten used to the power and production Luke Voit provides in the Bronx. But fans of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals got an early look at Voit's talents toward the end of the 2016 campaign.

Dudley Field played home to historic outburst

Diablos, Golden Gators set Texas League records in 35-21 slugfest
July 30, 2020

No place in Minor League Baseball history provided the spectacle that El Paso's Dudley Field did regularly in its heyday. At an elevation of more than 4,000 feet, the dry desert air and constant high winds combined with quirky outfield dimensions made the stadium a launching pad for baseballs. Throw

A well-trodden road: Travelers pass test of time

Texas League's longest-tenured team name dates back to 1901
July 24, 2020

With so much focus year after year on the newest and wildest rebranding projects in Minor League Baseball, takes a look at the flip side. This spring and summer, we will be profiling teams with some of the longest continually used nicknames in each league. Next up: the Texas

Wellman following in father's footsteps 

Managing has become family business for Phillip, Brett
July 20, 2020

At first glance, it doesn't seem like much is amiss at HODGETOWN in Amarillo, Texas. There's a baseball game being played on the diamond, complete with scoreboard updates and sound effects. Socially distanced fans are spread throughout the confines or basking in the sun beyond the outfield grass. Even broadcaster

Did you know? Texas League edition

Eight unique facts about the Double-A circuit, one for each team
June 2, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the fourth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Barrera leads South to Texas All-Star win

A's No. 13 prospect earns MVP honors with three-hit night
June 26, 2019

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The Midland RockHounds just missed winning a first-half division title, finishing just a half-game behind Amarillo. But Luis Barrera and Collin Theroux made the team's presence felt at the 78th Texas League All-Star Game by leading the South Division to a 5-1 victory over the North Division

Texas All-Star rosters feature loaded North

Six Top-100 prospects representing one division on June 25
June 14, 2019

One look at the Texas League All-Star rosters reveals pretty quickly that the North Division has the most loaded of the two on paper. But they still have to play the game on the field.Six Top-100 prospects will represent the North at the Texas League All-Star Game in Tulsa on

South's Jones wins All-Star swing-off

Astros prospect decides unique Texas League All-Star Game
June 27, 2018

MIDLAND, Texas -- The Texas League didn't want to send 5,890 fans home feeling empty after the South Division and North Division played to a 2-2 tie through nine innings at the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Security Bank Ballpark.In a historic event, the midseason classic was decided by a

First things first for Hooks' All-Star Jones

Astros prospect's breakout leads him to Texas midseason classic
June 26, 2018

MIDLAND, Texas -- Corpus Christi Hooks first baseman Taylor Jones made a life-changing decision before his junior season at Gonzaga in 2015. The two-way player decided to drop pitching to solely focus on being a full-time position player."They were always super supportive at Gonzaga," Jones said. "They just wanted whatever

Tatis, Luzardo highlight Texas All-Stars

Padres shortstop, A's lefty bolster loaded South Division roster
June 13, 2018

Paraphrasing a popular song, the stars will indeed be big and bright at this year's Texas League midsummer classic. Fernando Tatis Jr.,'s No. 6 overall prospect, and Jesus Luzardo (No. 31) highlight the league's selection of 2018 All-Stars, announced Wednesday. The game will be held June 26 at 8:15 p.m.

Boyd leads TL South All-Stars to victory

A's prospect plates three runs, snares BUSH'S Beans MVP honors
June 27, 2017

FRISCO, Texas -- Oakland's B.J. Boyd came into the Texas League All-Star Game ranked fifth on the Double-A circuit with 83 base hits.The Midland outfielder showed why Tuesday night as he helped propel the South All-Stars to a 10-3 victory over the North in front of 10,317 at Dr Pepper

Trevino feels at home at TL All-Star Game

Texas No. 6 prospect plays in fourth midsummer classic in a row
June 27, 2017

FRISCO, Texas -- Jose Trevino doesn't know anything about the "break" part of an All-Star break, and he wouldn't have it any other way.Texas' No. 6 prospect spent his All-Star break the same way he's spent the break in each of his four professional seasons -- playing in a midsummer

Mendez, Urias headline Texas League All-Stars

Top-100 prospect pair among players selected for June 27 event
June 14, 2017

The stars at night will be big and bright on June 27 in Frisco. Rangers No. 2 prospect Yohander Méndez and Padres No. 4 Luis Urías are among the players on the Texas League All-Star Game North and South Division rosters, which were announced Wednesday afternoon.