We have other notable breakthroughs in the world of professional baseball, such as Gary Rollera longtime GM Billings Mustang (MLB Partner League; Pioneer League), retiring after nearly 30 years in the team’s front office.
Roller will remain as general manager until a successor is named.
A native of Billings, Roller has been with the Mustangs for most of his adult life. He started with the club nearly 30 years ago as an intern prior to the 1993 season, and after one season, was promoted to assistant GM by longtime Mustangs president Bob Wilson. Roller continued in this position for nearly ten years, until he was promoted to general manager in December 2004.
“Gary Roller embodies everything it means to be a Mustang,” said the team owner. Dave Heller via press release. “He loves the game, he loves this great community, he loves the league, and above all, he loves seeing people on the field. I’ve been honored to have worked closely with him these past eight years. He’s not just a respected friend. He is the Billings Foundation. We will greatly miss his daily presence at Dehler.” Park.”
During Roller’s tenure, the Mustangs were twice awarded the prestigious Minor League Baseball award to John H. The Mustangs also won the Bob Freitas Award in 2012, which is given for continued excellence in minor league baseball work. The Mustangs were also the inaugural McCurdy Cup winners in 2019 and Repeat as award winners in 2022. The team has also received numerous awards from a wide range of baseball publications.
In addition to countless team awards, Roller has also received many individual awards. He has been awarded Pioneer League Executive of the Year three times (2000, 2008, and 2014) and in 2013 Gary was awarded the prestigious Bowie Kuhn Award at the Baseball Chapel. After Wilson’s untimely death in 2008, Roller helped shepherd the completion of the team’s new home, Dehler Park.
“It has been an amazing ride and I am so grateful for every day I spent with the Mustang organization,” Roller said via a press release. Although I grew up watching the Mustangs play at Cobb Field, I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started in 1993, and now years later, it turns out, I couldn’t have written a more enjoyable and rewarding career. The process is a complete team effort. And the amount of support we’ve received along the way from everyone, including ownership, management, league management, city officials, team employees, co-workers, family, friends, fans, and the business community has been amazing.I want to especially thank Bob Wilson, Woody Hahn, former Mustang board of directors, and Dave Hiller for Their trust in me and their belief in me. It was an absolute honor to serve the organization, and although it was not without its hardships and challenges, I would not trade a single experience during my time with the Mustang for anything.”
“On behalf of the Pioneer Baseball League, I am incredibly proud and honored to have Gary Roller at the helm of Billings for the past 19 years,” said the Pioneer League president. Mike Shapiro via press release. “Gary exemplifies the true meaning of the value that minor league baseball brings to our local communities and we will all miss his leadership, operational excellence and unwavering stewardship that he brought to the Pioneer League, Billings and baseball.”