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The Pioneer League Podcast

After the 2019 baseball season, there was a proposal by executives from the Houston Astros to contract 42 teams from Minor League Baseball. That contraction would result in almost no ties to professional baseball in the Mountain West and the loss of the Pioneer League in its entirety. There would no longer be any Minor League Baseball teams in Montana after a history of having professional baseball in the state since the 1940's, and Idaho, Utah, and Colorado would have their baseball influence significantly reduced.

This podcast series serves to be an audio scrapbook of players and media members that have passed through the Pioneer League during their careers. The Pioneer League is a Rookie-level short season league in Minor League Baseball, and it is often players' first stop in professional baseball. The questions asked of these people are to reflect on their memories of their time playing and covering baseball in the Mountain West. You'll hear from Major League All-Stars like Greg Vaughn, players that just debuted in the big leagues like Brian O'Grady, guys that never quite figured out how to hit a curveball like Greg Morrison, newspaper writers that have covered their team for almost 20 years like Mike Scherting and other influences on the Pioneer League since its inception in 1939.

Episodes

2002 Great Falls Dodger and 11-Year MLB Veteran James Loney
Show Details25min 27s
Billings Gazette and 406mtsports.com Senior Sports Writer Mike Scherting
Show Details38min 6s
2014 Billings Mustang and Current Tampa Bay Ray Brian O'Grady
Show Details33min 50s
1997 Pioneer League Triple Crown Winner Greg Morrison
Show Details41min 34s
2015 Idaho Falls Chukars and Current Iowa Cubs Play-By-Play Broadcaster Alex Cohen
Show Details25min 39s
1999 Missoula Osprey and 14-Year MLB Veteran Lyle Overbay
Show Details32min 30s
2010 Ogden Raptor and 5-Year MLB Veteran Shawn Tolleson
Show Details36min 47s
1986 Helena Gold Sock and 4-Time MLB All-Star Greg Vaughn
Show Details32min 34s
2006 Billings Mustang and 9-Year MLB Veteran Drew Stubbs
Show Details36min 3s
Welcome to The Pioneer League Podcast!
Show Details19min 54s