Great Falls White Sox

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The Great Falls White Sox spent five years as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in the Pioneer League. After the 2007 season the team changed its name to the Great Falls Voyagers. Prior to the White Sox, Great Falls were affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers and called the Great Falls Dodgers.


In their first year as a White Sox affiliate, skipper Chris Cron led the team to a .500 mark. Pitcher Brandon McCarthy anchored the rotation, going 9-4 with a 3.65 ERA and a league-best 125 strikeouts. Second baseman Brandon Bounds, who hit .326 with 9 homers, and outfielder Ricardo Nanita, who hit .384 and set a league record with a 30-game hitting streak, earned spots on the league's All-Star team.


Under new skipper John Orton, the White Sox went 17-20 in the first half but went 25-13 after that to capture the second half division title. However, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Billings Mustangs. Pitcher Ray Liotta went 5-1 for the club and led the league with a 2.54 ERA.


Orton's club fell below .500 in 2005 and missed out on the playoffs. Evan Tartaglia hit .305 with a league leading 38 stolen bases, and designated hitter Francisco Hernandez hit .349 and was named an All-Star.


Bobby Tolan took over as the White Sox manager in 2006, and after a first half near .500, the club went 10-28 in the season's second half. First baseman Chris Carter paced the circuit with 15 home runs, and outfielder Archie Gilbert hit .332 and led the league with 35 steals. Pitcher Ramon Sanchez notched 6 wins, tying for the league lead.


Cron returned to the White Sox as skipper in 2007, and the club saw a drastic improvement on the field. After finishing second in the first half, the team went 24-9 after that and captured the second half crown. After defeating the Helena Brewers in the first round, the White Sox were swept by the Orem Owlz in the league finals. Pitcher Juan Moreno was the team's star on the mound, going 6-4 and leading the league with a 2.39 ERA and 77 strikeouts.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
2003 38-38 3rd/2nd (tie) Chris Cron Mark Haley Richard Dotson
2004 42-33 3rd/1st John Orton Lost first round Mark Haley Richard Dotson
2005 32-44 3rd/4th John Orton Joe Hall
2006 28-48 2nd (tie)/4th Bobby Tolan
2007 52-24 1st Chris Cron Lost League Finals Rob Sasser