Naturals honored for Class AA baseball operations

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.

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