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Helena Brewers
Founded in 1978
Helena, Montana
Helena Brewers Logo.PNG HelenaBrewersCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Current Rookie (1978–2000, 2003–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pioneer League
Division North Division
Major league affiliations
Current Milwaukee Brewers (1985–2000, 2003–present)

Independent (1984)

Philadelphia Phillies (1978–1983)
Minor league titles
League titles 1984, 1995, 1996, 2010
Division titles 1979, 1984, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2010, 2013
Team data
Nickname Helena Brewers (1987–2000, 2003–present)
Previous names

Helena Gold Sox (1984–1986)

Helena Phillies (1978–1983)
Colors navy blue, gold, white
Ballpark Kindrick Legion Field (1978–2000, 2003–present)
D. G. Elmore
Manager Tony Diggs
General manager Paul Fetz

The Helena Brewers are a minor league baseball team in the Pioneer League and are the Advanced Rookie affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They are located in Helena, Montana. The team plays their home games at Kindrick Legion Field; built in 1939, the park currently holds 2,010 people.

Among the best-known players to play in Helena are Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who started his career with the Phillies in Helena, Gary Sheffield, who started his career with the Helena Gold Sox in 1986, Jeff Cirillo and Mark Loretta who began their careers with the 1991 and 1993 Helena Brewers, respectively; and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.


The Helena Phillies joined the Pioneer League in 1978, giving Helena a professional baseball team for the first time in 64 years. In 1984, the Helena Gold Sox won the Pioneer League Championship, a rarity for an independent club. The team hooked on with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1985 and changed its name to the Helena Brewers in 1987. Helena won the PL championship in back-to-back seasons in 1995 and 1996. The franchise moved to Provo, Utah, after the 2000 season. In 2003, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays moved to Helena, and the team once again became a Brewers affiliate.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Helena Brewers
Year Regular Season Post-season
Record Win % Finish* Record Win % Result
1978 30–38 .441 6th
1979 43–26 .623 2nd 0–2 .000 Lost PL Championship vs Lethbridge Dodgers, 0–2
1980 32–38 .457 3rd
1981 22–44 .371 4th
1982 29–41 .414 4th
1983 16–54 .229 4th
1984 44–24 .647 1st 3–1 .750 Won PL Championship vs Billings Mustangs, 3–1
1985 42–26 .618 2nd
1986 38–32 .543 3rd
1987 46–24 .657 1st 1–3 .250 Lost PL Championship vs Salt Lake City Trappers, 1–3
1988 41–29 .586 2nd
1989 38–30 .559 2nd
1990 37–28 .569 3rd
1991 44–26 .629 2nd
1992 50–26 .658 2nd
1993 43–30 .589 1st 1–2 .333 Lost PL Championship vs Billings Mustangs, 1–2
1994 44–28 .611 1st 2–3 .400 Lost PL Championship vs Billings Mustangs, 2–3
1995 49–22 .690 1st 4–1 .800 Won Northern Division Championship vs Idaho Falls Braves, 2–1
Won PL Championship vs Medicine Hat Blue Jays, 2–0
1996 43–29 .597 2nd 4–1 .800 Won Northern Division Championship vs Lethbridge Black Diamonds, 2–1
Won PL Championship vs Ogden Raptors, 2–0
1997 37–34 .521 5th
1998 21–55 .276 4th
1999 47–28 .627 1st 0–2 .000 Lost Northern Division Championship vs Missoula Osprey, 0–2
2000 26–50 .342 4th
2003 48–28 .632 2nd 1–2 .333 Lost Northern Division Championship vs Billings Mustangs, 1–2
2004 39–37 .513 2nd
2005 46–30 .605 1st 2–2 .500 Won Northern Division Championship vs Billings Mustangs, 2–0
Lost PL Championship vs Orem Owlz, 0–2
2006 34–42 .447 3rd
2007 48–28 .632 2nd 1–2 .333 Lost Northern Division Championship vs Great Falls White Sox, 1–2
2008 35–41 .461 6th
2009 32–44 .421 6th
2010 41–34 .421 3rd 4–1 .800 Won North Division Championship vs Great Falls Voyagers, 2–1
Won PL Championship vs Ogden Raptors, 2–0
2011 30–46 .395 7th
2012 24–52 .316 8th
2013 43–33 .566 2nd 3-2 .600 Won North Division Championship vs Great Falls Voyagers, 2–0
Lost PL Championship vs Idaho Falls Chukars, 1–2
Totals 1,282–1,177 .521 29–26 .509 4 League Championships
Note: * Finish denotes overall position in the league standings.

Major leaguers[edit]

The following is a list of Helena players by year that would eventually play in Major League baseball:
1978 George Bell, Carmelo Castillo, Wil Culmer, Bob Dernier, Ed Hearn, Alejandro Sánchez, Ryne Sandberg
1979 Jay Baller, Roy Smith
1980 Rocky Childress, Darren Daulton, Marty Decker, Ken Dowell, Tony Ghelfi
1981 Johnny Abrego, Charles Hudson, Jim Olander, Jose Segura
1982 Ken Jackson, Lance McCullers, Johnny Paredes, Wilfredo Tejada
1983 Ricky Jordan, Tom Magrann, Tom Newell
1984 Jack Daugherty, John Trautwein
1985 John Jaha, Russ McGinnis, Randy Veras
1986 George Canale, Brian Drahman, Darryl Hamilton, Gary Sheffield, Greg Vaughn
1987 Frank Bolick, Oreste Marrero, Ángel Miranda, Charlie Montoyo, Jaime Navarro, Dave Nilsson, Troy O'Leary, Steve Sparks, Bill Spiers
1988 Bert Heffernan, Mike Ignasiak, Mark Kiefer
1991 Jeff Cirillo, Mike Matheny, Marshall Boze
1992 Bobby Hughes, Danny Perez, Tim Unroe
1993 Brian Banks, Todd Dunn, Danny Klassen, Mark Loretta, Sean Maloney, Greg Martinez
1994 Antone Williamson, Kelly Wunsch
1995 Robinson Cancel, Geoff Jenkins, Mike Kinkade, Mickey Lopez, Greg Mullins
1996 Allen Levrault, Mark Watson
1997 Jason Childers, Matt Childers, Brian Mallette
1998 Bill Hall, Luis Martinez
2003 Drew Anderson, Carlos Corporán, Tim Dillard, Dana Eveland, Vinny Rottino, Mitch Stetter, Ty Taubenheim
2004 Alcides Escobar
2005 Michael Brantley, Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Darren Ford, Matt Gamel, Angel Salome, Joe Thatcher
2006 Zach Braddock, Cole Gillespie, Taylor Green, Mike McClendon
2007 Dane De La Rosa, Eric Farris, Eric Fryer, Matt LaPorta, Jonathan Lucroy
2008 Erik Komatsu, Lucas Luetge, Logan Schafer, Wily Peralta
2009 Chris Capuano, Khristopher Davis, Michael Fiers


Helena Brewers roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • -- David Carver
  • 39 Wesley Cox
  • 21 Ryan Deeter
  • 33 Drew Ghelfi
  • 35 Zach Hirsch
  • 22 Donnie Hissa
  • 10 J. B. Kole
  • 29 Tyler Linehan
  • -- Johnnie Lowe
  • 30 Brandon Moore
  • 25 Jorge Ortega
  • 26 Luis Ortega
  • 37 Junior Rincon
  • 36 Cy Sneed
  • 31 Josh Uhen
  • 23 Devin Williams
  • 28 Brandon Woodruff


  • 20 Jack Cleary
  • 15 Gregory McCall
  • 14 Natanael Mejia


  • 11 Luis Aviles
  •  6 Francisco Castillo
  • 18 Sthervin Matos
  •  3 Gregory Munoz
  • 15 Connor Narron
  •  2 Tucker Neuhaus
  •  4 Alan Sharkey


  •  5 Brandon Diaz
  • 27 Dionis Hinojosa
  • 16 Mitch Meyer
  • 12 Edgardo Rivera
  • 17 Elvis Rubio
  •  8 Eric Williams


  •  7 Tony Diggs


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 12, 2014
Transactions · Coaching staff
More MiLB rosters
Milwaukee Brewers minor league players

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