25 minutes | Jul 27, 2020

2002 Great Falls Dodger and 11-Year MLB Veteran James Loney

In this episode, host David Graf interviews 2002 Great Falls Dodger and 11-year MLB veteran James Loney. Loney was selected 19th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2002 MLB Draft. Loney was a great pitcher and hitter in high school, and the Dodgers wanted him to play first base. He's the only member of the first season of The Pioneer League Podcast to get called up to the next level before finishing the year in the Pioneer League. During his time in Great Falls, he hit .371/.457/.624 and clubbed 5 homers. After his first year in professional baseball, he was listed as the #34 prospect on the 2003 edition of Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list.Loney talked about arriving in Great Falls shortly after his high school season ended, the mindset of just moving up a level at a time, and how he met Barack Obama in Cuba.The second season of The Pioneer League Podcast will be here shortly. In the meantime, stay subscribed, so you don't miss it when it returns!Please rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast to help other baseball fans find the podcast! Donate at the link in the description below, or you can Venmo @davidgraf.You can follow David and James on Twitter:@mrdavidgraf@james_loneyYou can follow David and James on Instagram:@davidgraf@james_loneyShoutout Turntkenny on the music! Check him out on Tik Tok @turntkenny and Instagram @sometimes_turnt!Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-pioneer-league-podcast/donations
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