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United League Baseball is an independent baseball league which operates in Texas. It operates in cities not served by Major or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either. The league began its first season on May 16, 2006 with six teams: the Alexandria Aces, Amarillo Dillas, Edinburg Coyotes, Laredo Broncos, Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings and San Angelo Colts. The San Angelo franchise previously played in the now-defunct Central Baseball League, while the Amarillo Dillas previously played in the now-defunct Texas-Louisiana League. The United League was originally owned by an investor group, United Sports Equities, which listed Brad Wendt as Managing Director, his brother Gary Wendt as a Principal, John Bryant CEO and Byron Pierce as COO. The ULB filed for Chapter 11 Reorganization in January 2009 amid allegations of financial mismanagement and was ultimately forced into Chapter 7 by John Bryant who along with Pierce now control the league.

Franchises

United League Baseball
Amarillo Dillas 1994 Amarillomarker, Texasmarker Potter County Memorial Stadiummarker ("Dilla Villa") 7,500
Coastal Bend Thunder 2009 Robstownmarker, Texasmarker Fairgrounds Field 4,000
Edinburg Roadrunners 2006 Edinburgmarker, Texasmarker Edinburg Stadiummarker 4,000
Laredo Broncos 2006 Laredomarker, Texasmarker Veterans Fieldmarker 5,000
Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 1994 Harlingenmarker, Texasmarker Harlingen Field 4,500
San Angelo Colts 2000 San Angelomarker, Texasmarker Foster Fieldmarker 4,200


Expansion

Dallas

On April 23, 2009 the league announced plans for an expansion team to begin play in Dallasmarker in 2010. The franchise is proposed to play in a new 10,000 seat baseball stadium to be built as part of a $500 million, 60-acre residential, sports and retail complex along the original Trinity River. The ballpark, expected to be complete in the initial phase of the project, will be developed by a partnership including Reunion Sports Group LLC headed by ULB owners Bryant and Pierce.

Tijuana Potros controversy

Rumors were circulating that the Tijuana Potros would join the ULB after postponing their debut in the Golden Baseball League in 2009 due to the swine flu outbreak and scare in Mexico. On June 18, 2009, those rumors were initially confirmed as the league office formally announced that the Potros would join the league for the 2009 season, however it turned out that those rumors were false as the Potros are still a part of the GBL. The team and league has since taken down the story.

Current Standings

Final 2009 Regular Season Standings

Team W L Win % GB
San Angelo Colts*^ 48 32 .600 ---
Edinburg Roadrunners** 46 34 .575 2
Amarillo Dillas*** 44 35 .557 3.5
Coastal Bend Thunder**** 39 40 .494 8.5
Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 39 41 .488 9.5
Laredo Broncos 23 57 .288 25


* Clinched 1st Playoff Seed

** Clinched 2nd Playoff Seed

*** Clinched 3rd Playoff Seed

**** Clinched 4th Playoff Seed

^ Clinched Regular Season Championship

For the regular season standings throughout United League Baseball history, see United League Baseball Regular Season Standings.

Playoffs

2009 Playoff Results

Format: for the 2009 season the United League playoffs consisted of 4 teams competing in 2 rounds, with the top 4 regular season teams making the playoffs. In the first round the regular season champion faced the 4th seed while seed 2 faced seed 3 in the best of 3 series. The winners then advanced to the championship best-of-five series.

2008 Playoff Results

Format: for the 2008 season the United League playoffs will consist of 4 teams competing in 2 rounds. In the first round the top two teams at the end of the first half of the season will host the two remaining teams with the best overall winning percentage throughout the season in a best-of-three series. The winners then advance to the championship which will be played at both parks, with the lower seed hosting game one and the higher seed hosting games two and three of the best-of-three series.

2007 Playoff Results

Format: for the 2007 season the United League played in a split season format, crowning a first half champion and a second half champion. The champions then played for the ULB Championship. If one team was to win both halves, the team with the second-best overall season record would have qualified for the playoffs as a wild card. The championship series was the best 4 out of 7 games, to be played home and away in a 2-3-2 site format, with home field advantage awarded to the first half champion.

ULB Championship


Alexandria Aces 4
Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 0


2006 Playoff Results

Format: for the 2006 season the top four teams in the regular season standings made the playoffs, including the regular season champion and 3 wild card teams. The playoffs then commenced with two rounds of games to determine the United League champion:

  • 1st Round - Best 2 out of 3 games
  • Championship - Best 3 out of 5 games


ULB Champions



Most Valuable Players

United League All-Star Games

United League Baseball hosted an annual All-Star Game which rotated host cities throughout the league. Its format in 2008 featured the United League all-stars versus the Golden League all-stars. In 2006 the first All-Star Game pitted the best team against the all-stars from the rest of the United League. In 2007 the second All-Star Game pitted Team North (All-Stars from Alexandria, Amarillo and San Angelo) against Team Rio Grande (All-Stars from Edinburg, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley).

The ULB's all-star festivities are a two-day event, the first day featuring various celebrations and recognitions, followed on the second day by the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game.

Game Results



Most Valuable Players



Home Run Derby Winners



League Awards

Most Valuable Player



Manager of the Year



Pitcher of the Year



Rookie of the Year



Playing Surface of the Year



References

  1. Potros de Tijuana en la United League Baseball, Tijuana Potros website (Spanish), June 20, 2009
  2. United League Baseball welcomes Tijuana Potros, ULB website, July 2, 2009
  3. United League's loss is GBL's All-Star gain, Yuma Sun Yuma Scorpions section, July 10, 2009


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