SPRINGDALE (AP) - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League have been named the winner of a Baseball America award that honors excellent operations and promotions.
The Bob Freitas Award is named after a longtime minor league baseball official who died in 1989. Criteria include community involvement, long-term business success and consistent excellence in a team's operation.
The Naturals announced Tuesday that it had won the award for AA minor league teams. The citation noted the team overcame bad weather and having a number of prospects promoted to higher leagues.
Baseball America magazine will present the award during baseball's annual winter meetings.
Next year, the Naturals will host the Texas League All-Star Game on June 25. The team is affiliated with the Kansas City Royals of the American League.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.