The Travelers' existence in Arkansas dates back to the late 1800s. However, this variation of the franchise has been around since 1963. The Travelers were initially a Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, but that relationship only lasted a couple of seasons. In 1966, the team became the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The team's run with the Cardinals was wildly successful as squad won Texas League Championships in 1971, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1989. For the 2001 season, the team's affiliation changed again, this time to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After the Travelers won two more championships in the next 16 seasons, the Seattle Mariners became the team's parent organization in 2017. While the team hasn't won any championships since the Mariners took over in 2017, the Travelers made the playoffs in the 2018 and 2019 seasons and put up a record of 81-57 in 2019. You can get your Arkansas Travelers tickets at StubHub to see the team in action.
Does the Arkansas Travelers team have any major rivalries?
Two things generally create great rivalries in sports: geography and divisions. The Travelers' chief rival checks both of those boxes. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals not only share a state with the Travelers, but they are also both members of the North Division of the Texas League. While the two squads' parent organizations don't have much of a rivalry, these two Double-A affiliates fight for both state and divisional supremacy.
What is the stadium experience like for an Arkansas Travelers game?
Dickey-Stephens Park, home of the Arkansas Travelers, combines the best features of PNC Park in Pittsburgh and the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The 5,288-seat stadium was named the 2007 Ballpark of the Year by Baseballparks.com. The outside of the stadium keeps to a railroad theme as a tribute to the history of North Little Rock as a railway town in the middle of the 19th century. The inside of the stadium is very modern in its design and functionality, but it still has a museum that serves as a reminder of the history of baseball in central Arkansas.
Who is on the Arkansas Travelers' coaching staff for 2020?
The Seattle Mariners have announced wholesale changes to the Arkansas Travelers coaching staff for the 2020 season. Dave Berg has been named the new manager for the Travelers. Joining him are Alon Leichman as the pitching coach and Joe Thurston as hitting coach. Berg's playing career spanned seven seasons and 582 games. Berg spent the 2019 season as the manager of the Low-A West Virginia Power, where he posted a record of 69-70. Coach Berg was the hitting coach for the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, Tacoma, in 2017 and 2018, a job he took after spending seven years with the Miami Marlins. His time with Miami's organization included six years as manager of Double-A, Low-A and Short-Season teams. His best record as a manager came in 2014 when he guided Greensboro to a record of 87-53. Entering the 2020 season, Coach Berg has a career managerial record of 477-443.
Has the Arkansas Travelers team had any players go on to MLB success?
A team as historically relevant as the Arkansas Travelers is bound to have seen some great names pass through the locker room. Dating back to the earliest days of Travelers baseball, some of the names include Ferguson Jenkins, Keith Hernandez, Bill Dickey and Jim Bunning. After becoming the Double-A affiliate of the Angels, several names that fans today will recognize were part of the team: Chone Figgins, Kendrys Morales, Howie Kendrick and multiple American League MVP winner Mike Trout all played minor league ball for the Travelers.
Where can I buy Arkansas Travelers tickets?
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