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SAMSON RETURNS TO X’S

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The Sioux City Explorers have announced the signing of 4 time American Association All Star Nate Samson.

It’s his 16th professional season and the sixth season with the Sioux City Explorers for Samson.

Samson firmly entrenched himself into the Explorers record books.

He has played in the third most games in franchise history at 408. His 541 career hits now sit second behind Michael Lang’s 642. He is second in both RBI with 274 and doubles with 95.

During his X’s career he has hit for a .332 average, stolen 95 bases and has struck out only 98 times compared to his 149 walks.

He has twice set the X’s single season record for hits, breaking Noah Perio’s record in 2016 with 137 and then beating his own mark in 2018 with 141 also capturing the batting title that year with a .340 average.

In 2016 Samson also became the first ever Sioux City Explorer to win the league MVP award.

He’s led the league in hits three times.

Last season the Orlando, Florida native played for the St. Paul Saints. He appeared in 48 games and hit .257 with nine doubles, 22 RBI, 16 runs scored and seven stolen bases.

With the signing of INF Nate Samson the Explorers have now signed 17 players to a 2021 contract (12 pitchers, 5 position players)