Amarillo Dillas

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Amarillo Dillas
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Team logo Cap insignia
Location Amarillo, Texas
Ballpark Potter County Memorial Stadium
Year founded 1994
Year folded 2011
League championships 4 (1999, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Division championships 7 (1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010)
Former name(s) Amarillo Dillas (1994–2004, 2006–10)
Former league(s)
Colors Blue, red
Ownership Reunion Sports Group
Manager Brady Bogart
General Manager Mark Lee
Media Amarillo Globe-News
Website www.myamarillodillas.com

The Amarillo Dillas were a professional baseball team based in Amarillo, Texas, in the United States. The Dillas were a member of United League Baseball, an independent professional league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. From 1994 to 2010, the Dillas played their home games at historic Potter County Memorial Stadium, nicknamed the "Dilla Villa."

History[edit]

The Amarillo Dillas were a charter member of the independent Texas-Louisiana League, which was formed in 1994. The Dillas were a strong team in the early years of the Texas-Louisiana League, claiming the regular season champion title in 1995, 1998, and 2000. They would win the first half championship in 1997 and were the 1999 Texas-Louisiana League champions. The Texas-Louisiana League was renamed the Central Baseball League in 2002, and several new teams were added. The Dillas struggled with attendance after the expansion, only averaging 846 fans in their championship series appearance in 2004. A neglected stadium and erosion of local fan support resulted in the Dillas being dropped from the Central League following the 2004 season in favor of the El Paso Diablos.

The Amarillo Dillas were brought back in 2006 as one of six charter members of the independent United League Baseball (ULB). The new Amarillo Dillas management renovated the entire stadium, including a new field and new seats. The Amarillo Dillas just missed the playoffs in their first two seasons in the new league. In 2008, the Dillas posted a 54-37 record, claiming first-half champion honors. In the playoffs, Amarillo defeated Alexandria for their first league championship since 1999. Amarillo would continue their success in 2009 with a 44-35 record and another championship, defeating San Angelo for the title. The Dillas would win the title again in 2010, becoming the first United League three-peat champions.

In October 2010, the Dillas were evicted from Potter County Memorial Stadium, as Reunion Sports Group, the parent company of the Dillas, could not pay the $75,000 lease on the stadium.[1] In November 2010, Potter County commissioners awarded the bid for the 2011 use of the stadium to Scott Berry, owner of Southern Independent Baseball and franchisee with the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Dillas will be replaced by the Amarillo Sox beginning in the 2011 season.[2]

Team Record[edit]

Amarillo Dillas (All Leagues)
Year W-L PCT League Postseason
1994 48-40 .546 Texas-Lou.
1995 64-36 .640 Texas-Lou. RS Champs
1996 43-57 .430 Texas-Lou.
1997 55-33 .625 Texas-Lou. 1st Half Champs
1998 64-20 .762 Texas-Lou. RS Champs
1999 63-21 .750 Texas-Lou. TLL Champs
2000 76-36 .679 Texas-Lou. RS Champs
Year W-L PCT League Postseason
2001 49-45 .521 Central
2002 46-50 .479 Central
2003 48-46 .511 Central
2003 48-46 .511 Central Wild Card
2004 36-58 .383 Central Wild Card
Year W-L PCT League Postseason
2006 39-50 .438 United
2007 47-48 .495 United
2008 54-37 .593 United 1st Half/ULB Champs
2009 44-35 .557 United ULB Champs
2010 52-39 .571 United RS Champs/ULB Champs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ranaivo, Yann (October 2, 2010). "Dillas strike out at home". Amarillo Globe News. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Rohloff, Greg (5 January 2011). "Dillas change their Sox". The Amarillo Independent. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 

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