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Billings Mustangs
Founded in 1948
Billings, Montana
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • Advanced Rookie
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Billings Mustangs (1948-1963, 1969-present)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 1950, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2003
Division titles 1980, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
Owner(s)/Operated by: Billings Pioneer Baseball Club, Inc.
Manager:
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). 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, 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.

Current roster

Billings Mustangs roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • 22 Leonardo Astorga
  • 64 Ricky Bowen
  • 36 Jason Braun
  • 17 Forest Cannon
  • 48 Blair Carson
  • -- Oscar Castro
  • 59 Tzu-Kai Chiu
  • 41 Daniel Corcino
  • 54 Timothy Crabbe
  • 51 Bryan Gardner
  • 33 Evan Hildenbrandt
  • 25 Adian Kummett
  • -- Randall Linebaugh ‡
  • 34 Luca Panerati
  • 40 Bryan Pearl
  • 39 James Walczak
  • 26 Jacob Wiley
Catchers
  • 23 Peter Cech
  • 46 Mark Fleury
  • 12 Chris McMurray

Infielders

  • 37 John Dao
  • 18 Mariekson Gregorius
  • 52 Yen-Wen Kuo
  • 49 Thomas Nurre
  •  9 Frank Pfister
  • 21 Christopher Richburg
  •  5 Cristobal Rodriguez
  • 15 William Stramp

Outfielders

  •  6 Sean Conner
  • 29 Efrain Contreras
  • 47 Joshua Garton
  • 56 Yorman Rodriguez
  • 31 Tyler Stovall
Manager

Coaches

  • 33 Bob Forsch (pitching)
  • -- Alex Pelaez (hitting)
  •    Charles Leddon (trainer)
  •    Nate Dodge (strength)

† Disabled list
* On Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2009-11-16
Transactions

Notable alumni

   

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