Billings Mustangs

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Billings Mustangs
Founded in 1948
Billings, Montana
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Advanced Rookie
Minor league affiliations
League Pioneer League (1948-1963, 1969–present)
Major league affiliations
Current Cincinnati Reds (1974–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (15)
  • 1950
  • 1957
  • 1959
  • 1962
  • 1972
  • 1973
  • 1978
  • 1983
  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2014
Division titles (10)
  • 1980
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • 1999
  • 2001
  • 2003
Team data
Nickname Billings Mustangs (1948-1963, 1969–present)
Ballpark Dehler Park (2008–present)
Previous parks
Cobb Field (1948-1963, 1969-2007)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Main Street Baseball
General Manager Gary Roller

The Billings Mustangs are a minor league baseball team based in Billings, Montana. The Mustangs are the Pioneer League Rookie affiliate of the Major League Cincinnati Reds. The team has been a part of the Pioneer League since 1948 with a five-year gap between 1964 and 1968, and has been affiliated with the Reds since 1974 (after an affiliation with the Kansas City Royals). Along with the Elizabethton Twins, the Mustangs affiliation with the Reds is the longest-running among all rookie-level teams.[1] The team was officially established on November 4, 1947.

The Mustangs play at Dehler Park, named after Jon Dehler, a Billings businessman who bought the naming right to the field in 2007. Prior to the 2008 season the Mustangs played at Cobb Field (named after Bob Cobb who was responsible for bringing professional baseball to the city of Billings). Cobb Field was demolished in September 2007 to make way for the new park.

The Mustangs won three consecutive Pioneer League titles from 1992 and 1994, then won another in 1997. In 2003, Billings beat the Provo Angels in the Championship Series 2 games to 0. Provo had tied the league record for wins that year with 54. Billings, the last team to qualify for the postseason, won game 1 at Provo 8-5 in 11 innings, then, Billings won 3-0 on a no-hitter by James Paduch to win the Championship in front of a sold-out Cobb Field in Billings. The game was a classic pitchers duel between two of the top pitchers in the league (Provo's being 2003 Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Abel Moreno). In 2006, Chris Valaika set a Pioneer League record with a 32-game hitting streak during the Mustangs 51-win campaign.

Many Major League stars have begun their pro careers in Billings. These include George Brett, Reggie Sanders, Paul O'Neill, Trevor Hoffman, Keith Lockhart, Danny Tartabull, Ben Broussard, Scott Sullivan, Aaron Boone, Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, and B. J. Ryan.

After years of award-winning work in the front office, Assistant General Manager Gary Roller was promoted to General Manager for the 2005 season. Roller took over for long time GM and Mustangs Hall-of-Famer Bob Wilson. Matt Bender, who formerly handled the duties of Official Scorer, took over the vacated Assistant General Manager position.

Dehler Park (and before at Cobb Field) is renowned in the Pioneer League for the "Beer Batter." Every game the Mustangs Beer Boosters designate one player as the "Beer Batter." If that player gets a hit, attendees can buy four beers for $10. Many eager buyers stand at the stairs anticipating a hit and the oncoming rush of people.

The Billings Mustangs changed their logo for the 2006 season. The 2007 season was their last at Cobb Field and the Mustangs begin the 2008 season at Dehler Park. On September 11, 2014, the Mustangs defeated the Orem Owlz for their first Pioneer League Championship since the 2003 season.

Current roster[edit]

Billings Mustangs roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 40 Jesse Adams
  • -- Junior Arias
  • 29 Zac Correll
  • 45 Andy Cox
  • 52 Jake Johnson
  • 23 Andrew Jordan
  • 54 Ian Kahaloa
  • 58 Joel Kuhnel
  • 53 Soid Marquez
  • 46 Alfredo Mena
  • 59 Scott Moss
  • 67 Moises Nova
  • 34 Aaron Quillen
  • 50 Patrick Riehl
  • 41 Adrian Rodriguez
  • 49 Antonio Santillan
  • 63 Jesse Stallings
  • 56 Alex Webb

Catchers

  • 39 Cassidy Brown
  • 27 Francis Guerrero
  • 25 Mitch Trees

Infielders

  • 11 Ty Blankmeyer
  • 16 Alberti Chavez
  •  5 Alejo Lopez
  • 48 Montrell Marshall
  • 17 Gabriel Ovalle
  • 26 John Sansone
  • 19 Hector Vargas
  • 43 Colby Wright

Outfielders

  • 36 Beau Amaral #
  •  6 Miles Gordon
  • 21 Satchel McElroy
  • 61 Jose Siri
  • 37 Daniel Sweet
  • 18 Taylor Trammell

Manager

  • 22 Ray Martinez

Coaches




Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 13, 2016
Transactions
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Notable alumni[edit]

1951
Larry Shepard (Player-Manager)
1955
Bennie Daniels, Dick Stuart
1957
Chris Cannizzaro
1958
Jim Hickman
1969
Gorman Thomas
1970
Al Cowens, Jim Wohlford
1971
George Brett, Mark Littell
1972
Jamie Quirk
1973
Ruppert Jones, Bob McClure, Rodney Scott
1974
Ron Oester, Harry Spilman
1975
Larry Rothschild
1976
Eddie Milner
1977
Tom Foley
1978
Skeeter Barnes, Nick Esasky, Gary Redus
1980
Dave Miley, Danny Tartabull
1982
Tom Browning, Kal Daniels
1983
Gary Denbo, Rob Dibble, Lenny Harris, Joe Oliver, Kurt Stillwell
1986
Keith Lockhart
1987
Jack Armstrong, Butch Henry, Reggie Jefferson, Ed Taubensee
1988
Reggie Sanders, Jerry Spradlin
1989
Trevor Hoffman
1992
Chad Mottola, Eric Owens
1993
Paul Bako, Chris Sexton, Scott Sullivan
1994
Aaron Boone
1995
Ray King, Jason LaRue, John Riedling
1996
Lance Davis
1997
Gookie Dawkins, Donnie Scott (Manager), Scott Williamson, DeWayne Wise
1998
Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, B. J. Ryan
1999
Ben Broussard, Scott Dunn, John Koronka, Brad Salmon
2000
Russ Nixon (Manager), Randy Ruiz
2001
Todd Coffey, Edwin Encarnación, Ted Power (Pitching Coach)
2002
William Bergolla
2003
Rick Burleson (Manager), Chris Dickerson, Miguel Perez, Joey Votto
2004
Paul Janish, Chris Sabo (Hitting Coach), Craig Tatum
2005
Jay Bruce, Carlos Fisher, Sam LeCure, Adam Rosales, Jeff Stevens, Travis Wood
2006
Danny Dorn, Juan Francisco, Chris Heisey, Marcos Mateo, Logan Ondrusek, Denis Phipps, Josh Roenicke, Jordan Smith, Drew Stubbs, Justin Turner, Chris Valaika
2007
Scott Carroll, Enerio Del Rosario, Todd Frazier, Jeremy Horst, Curtis Partch
2008
Justin Freeman, Josh Ravin, Miguel Rojas, Dave Sappelt, Neftali Soto
2009
Daniel Corcino, Didi Gregorius, Donnie Joseph
2010
Yorman Rodriguez
2012
Jon Moscot

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Let's Stay Together: Minor League Stalwarts". MiLB.com. 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 

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