20 minutes | Jun 22, 2020

Welcome to 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, and newspaper writers that have covered their team for almost 20 years like Mike Scherting.In this introductory episode, host David Graf talks about the inspiration behind the podcast, and you get to hear snippets from some of the interviews to come.The first full episode with former Billings Mustang and 9-year Major League veteran Drew Stubbs will be released on Tuesday, June 30th! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the rest of the summer, too!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 on Twitter:@mrdavidgrafYou can follow David on Instagram:@davidgrafShoutout 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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