Lethbridge Mounties

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The Lethbridge Mounties (based in Lethbridge, AB) joined the Pioneer League in 1992 as an independent club. They went 24-50 under Larry Milbourne, but avoided the league's worst record as the Medicine Hat Blue Jays were 23-52. The team had loaner players from the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers to bolster their roster. Mitch House (.242/~.353/.379) was the team's top performer.

In 1993 they became even more reliant on loaners as the Pirates supplied 14 players, the Florida Marlins five and the Cleveland Indians one. Adrian Brown (.266/~.308/.323, 22 SB) made the majors eventually while fellow OF Willie Brown made the All-Star team after a .244/~.364/.516 season with a league-high 16 homers. The team went 29-44, again having the 7th-best record of the 8 Pioneer League teams.

Lethbridge was better in 1994 - by half a game at 29-43. Only their fellow independents, the Butte Copper Kings, did worse. The star was All-Star OF Chris Priest, who hit .307/.384/.546 with 14 homers and 19 steals in 72 games.

The Mounties were 25-47 in 1995, again seventh and ahead of Butte. The co-op/independent club had no All-Stars that season.

In 1996 Lethbridge got a much better club - the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, the Lethbridge Black Diamonds.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Hitting Coach Pitching Coach
1992 24-50 7th Larry Milbourne Jim Procopio Jim Bennett
1993 29-44 7th Phillip Wellman Juan Bustabad Bill Sizemore
1994 29-43 4th Phillip Wellman Rodney McCray Bill Sizemore
1995 25-47 7th Daniel Simonds