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The Great Falls Voyagers are a Minor League Baseball team based in Great Falls, Montana. The team has played continuously in the Pioneer League since 1969,[1] and previously played in the league from 1948 to 1963. The Voyagers have been the Advanced Rookie affiliate of the Chicago White Sox since 2003. Previously, the team was affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1984–2002), San Francisco Giants (1969–1983), and Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1952–1963). The team was not affiliated with any Major League Baseball team from 1964 to 1968. The Voyagers play their home games at Centene Stadium.

Great Falls Voyagers
Founded in 1969
Great Falls, Montana
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentAdvanced Rookie (1948–1963, 1969–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeaguePioneer League (1948–1963, 1969–present)
DivisionNorth Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentChicago White Sox (2003–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (13)
  • 1951
  • 1954
  • 1961
  • 1971
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 2002
  • 2008
  • 2011
  • 2018
Division titles (13)
  • 1985
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1997
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2017
  • 2018
Team data
Nickname
  • Great Falls Voyagers (2008–present)
Previous names
  • Great Falls White Sox (2003–2007)
  • Great Falls Dodgers (1984–2002)
  • Great Falls Giants (1969–1983)
  • Great Falls Electrics (1948–1963)
MascotsOrbit (2008-present)
Boomer (2006-2007)
Willy Windee (2003-2005)
Dodger Rabbit (1995-2002)
BallparkCentene Stadium (1948–1963, 1969–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Great Falls Baseball Club, Inc.
ManagerTim Esmay
General ManagerScott Reasoner

"Voyagers"Edit

The "Voyagers" name refers to the Mariana UFO incident in August 1950 when Nicholas "Nick" Mariana, the general manager of the Great Falls Electrics, saw two spinning objects approaching at a seemingly high speed. Mariana recorded 16 seconds of footage of the unidentified flying objects at Legion Park.[2]

PlayoffsEdit

  • 2018: Defeated Billings 2-0 in semifinals; defeated Grand Junction 2-0 to win league championship.
  • 2017: Defeated Missoula 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Ogden 2-1 in league championship.
  • 2016: Lost to Billings 2-0 in semifinals.
  • 2014: Lost to Billings 2-0 in semifinals.
  • 2013: Lost to Helena 2-0 in semifinals.
  • 2012: Lost to Missoula 2-1 in semifinals.
  • 2011: Defeated Missoula 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Ogden 2-1 to win league championship.
  • 2010: Lost to Helena 2-1 in semifinals.
  • 2009: Lost to Missoula 2-1 in semifinals.
  • 2008: Defeated Orem 2-1 to win league championship.
  • 2007: Lost to Orem 2-0 in finals.
  • 2002: Defeated Provo 2-1 to win league championship.
  • 2000: Lost to Idaho Falls 2-0 in finals.
  • 1997: Lost to Billings 2-0 in finals.

Pete Rose Jr.Edit

On December 18, 2012, Pete Rose, Jr., the son of major league career hits leader Pete Rose, was named the Voyagers' manager. He replaced Ryan Newman.[3] Under Rose Jr. the Voyagers held a 48-28 record and made it to the Pioneer League playoffs where they were eliminated by the Helena Brewers. On January 20, 2014, it was announced that then hitting coach Charlie Poe would manage the Voyagers for the 2014 season, ending Rose Jr.'s tenure as manager.


Great Falls players with MLB experienceEdit

Hall of Fame MembersEdit

1948
Jim Hughes, Bill White
1951
Bennie Daniels Jr, Dick Barone
1953
John Roseboro
1954
Larry Sherry
1955
Donald LeJohn
1956
Dick Scott
1957
Ed Palmquist, Jack Smith, Doug Camilli
1958
Larry Burright, Jim Duckworth
1959
Dick Smith, Bill Kunkel
1960
Nate Oliver, Rod Miller
1961
Gene Brabender
1962
Bob Griffith, Clarence Jones
1963
Bobby Cox, Angel Alcaraz
1969
Gary Thomasson, Elías Sosa, Ed Goodson, Horace Speed, Skip Pitlock, Steve Ontiveros, Mike Phillips
1970
Butch Metzger, Doug Capilla, John D'Acquisto
1971
Frank Riccelli, Willie Prall, Steven Stroughter, Gregg Thayer
1972
Ed Halicki, Bob Knepper, Gary Alexander, Rob Dressler, Reggie Walton, Fred Kuhaulua, Terry Cornutt
1973
Tommy Toms, Johnnie LeMaster, Jack Clark, Pete Falcone, Jeff Little, Ed Plank
1974
John Henry Johnson, Guy Sularz
1975
Alan Wirth, Jeff Yurak, Mike Rowland, Jose Barrios, Rick Murray
1976
Joe Strain Jr, Bob Brenly, Casey Parsons
1977
Phil Huffman, DeWayne Buice, Bob Kearney, Tom Runnells, Jeff Stember, Bob Tufts
1978
John Rabb, Rob Deer
1979
Scott Garrelts, Tom O'Malley, Frank Williams, Chris Brown, Randy Kutcher
1980
Alan Fowlkes, Randy Gomez, Jessie Reid, Mark Dempsey
1981
Matt Nokes, Mark Grant, Phil Ouellette
1982
Randy Bockus, Pat Larkin
1983
Eric King, Mike Aldrete, Charlie Hayes, John Burkett, Alonzo Powell, Ángel Escobar
1984
Darren Holmes, Tim Scott, Wayne Kirby, Luis Lopez, Jeff Nelson
1985
Mike Devereaux, Jack Savage, Mike Huff, John Wetteland
1986
Kevin Campbell, Dave Hansen, Mike Munoz
1987
Rafael Bournigal, Dennis Springer, Tony Barron, Zak Shinall
1988
Eric Karros, José Offerman, Mike James, Jeff Hartsock, Jerry Brooks, Eddie Pye
1989
Jamie McAndrew, Matt Howard, Tom Goodwin
1990
Pedro Martínez, Raúl Mondesí, Mike Mimbs, Garey Ingram
1991
Henry Blanco, Roberto Mejía, Juan Castro, José Parra, Rick Gorecki, Todd Williams, Ken Huckaby, Willis Otáñez
1992
Roger Cedeño, Félix Rodríguez, Chad Zerbe, Chris Latham
1993
Wilton Guerrero
1994
Dennys Reyes, Adam Riggs, Nate Bland, Ricky Stone
1995
Pedro Feliciano, Luke Prokopec, Ángel Peña
1996
Brad Thomas
1997
Víctor Álvarez, Luke Allen
1998
Jorge Piedra
1999
Shane Victorino, Jason Repko
2000
Ricardo Rodríguez, Willy Aybar, Reggie Abercrombie, Joel Hanrahan, Agustín Montero
2002
Jonathan Broxton, James Loney, Joel Guzmán, Eric Stults, Delwyn Young, Eric Hull, Arturo López
2003
Brandon McCarthy, Brian Anderson, Boone Logan, Sean Tracey, Chris Young, Ryan Sweeney, Fernando Hernández, Tom Jacquez
2004
Donny Lucy, Adam Russell, Jack Egbert, Jay Marshall
2005
Brandon Allen, Chris Getz, Clayton Richard, Carlos Torres
2006
Chris Carter
2007
John Ely, Aaron Poreda
2008
Eduardo Escobar, Daniel Hudson, Brent Morel
2009
Trayce Thompson
2010
David Holmberg, Addison Reed, Taylor Thompson, Andy Wilkins
2011
Chris Devenski, Erik Johnson, Kevan Smith, Scott Snodgress
2012
Chris Beck, Micah Johnson, Mike Marjama
2013
Adam Engel, Brad Goldberg, Jacob May
2014
Brandon Brennan, Aaron Bummer, Jace Fry

RosterEdit

Great Falls Voyagers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 13 Rigo Fernandez
  • 16 Brayan Herrera
  • 30 Nick Johnson
  • 33 Carter Love
  • 27 Jack Maynard
  • 15 Felix Mercedes
  •  9 Dan Metzdorf
  • 34 Pauly Milto
  • 28 Jason Morgan
  • 19 Karan Patel
  • 31 Nate Pawelczyk
  • 35 Ramon Pineda
  • 41 Connor Reich
  • 43 Kaleb Roper
  • 26 Chase Solesky
  • 25 Sean Thompson

Catchers

  •  3 Jakob Goldfarb
  • 24 Ty Greene
  •  4 Kleyder Sanchez

Infielders

  • 11 Sam Abbott
  • 12 Lency Delgado
  •  1 Kelvin Maldonado
  • 17 Harvin Mendoza
  •  8 Brayant Nova
  • 21 Camilo Quinteiro
  •  2 Joshua Rivera

Outfielders

  • 22 Anderson Comas
  • 32 Bryan Connell
  •  5 Luis Mieses
  • 14 Cameron Simmons
  •  7 Cabera Weaver


Manager

Coaches

  • 20 Cameron Seitzer (Hitting)
  • 23 John Ely (Pitching)
  • 18 Gerson Montilla (Assistant)


  7-day injured list
* On Chicago White Sox 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 21, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Pioneer League
Chicago White Sox minor league players

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pioneer League Affiliations September 12, 2007.
  2. ^ "Historic sighting spawns new image for Great Falls ball club". OurSports Central. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Pete Rose Jr. named manager of Great Falls rookie team

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