United League Baseball

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United League Baseball
United League Baseball.png
United League Baseball logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 2006
No. of teams 4
Country USA
Most recent champion(s) Edinburg Roadrunners
Most titles Amarillo Dillas (3)
Official website Official website

United League Baseball is an independent baseball league that operates in Texas. The league operated from 2006 to 2010 and temporarily merged with the Northern League and the Golden Baseball League to form the North American League from 2011-2012. However, after the North American League folded at the end of the 2012 season, ULB was reformed.

History[edit]

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 Bradley Wendt as CEO and Managing Director, his brother Gary Wendt and John Bryant as Principals, and Byron Pierce as COO. The ULB filed for Chapter 11 Reorganization in January 2009 amid allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement by Bradley Wendt and defaults on stadium leases by Brad Wendt and was ultimately forced into Chapter 7 by John Bryant who along with Pierce now control the league.

In 2013, following the dissolution of the North American League, United League Baseball was reincorporated. The league played an 80-game season from late May to the middle of August, and featured the Edinburg Roadrunners, the Fort Worth Cats, the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings, the San Angelo Colts, the Texas Thunder, and the Alexandria Aces. Alexandria and Texas were shut down mid-season. Edinburg did not field a team for 2014 and they were replaced by the Brownsville Charros.

Franchises[edit]

United League Baseball
Team Founded Location Homefield Capacity
Brownsville Charros 2014 Harlingen, Texas Harlingen Field 4,500
Fort Worth Cats 2001 Fort Worth, Texas LaGrave Field 4,100
Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 1994 Harlingen, Texas Harlingen Field 4,500
San Angelo Colts 2000 San Angelo, Texas Foster Field 4,200

Former teams[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

2013 Playoff Results[edit]

Format: When the league returned for the 2013 season the United League paired the top two regular season teams in a best of 5 ULB Championship series.

ULB Championship
Edinburg Roadrunners 3
Fort Worth Cats 2

2010 Playoff Results[edit]

Format: for the 2010 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.

1st Round ULB Championship
           
1 Amarillo Dillas 2
4 Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 0
1 Amarillo Dillas 3
2 Edinburg Roadrunners 1
2 Edinburg Roadrunners 2
3 Laredo Broncos 1

2009 Playoff Results[edit]

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.

1st Round ULB Championship
           
1 San Angelo Colts 2
4 Coastal Bend Thunder 0
1 San Angelo Colts 2
3 Amarillo Dillas 3
2 Edinburg Roadrunners 1
3 Amarillo Dillas 2

2008 Playoff Results[edit]

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.

1st Round ULB Championship
           
1 Amarillo Dillas 2
4 Edinburg Coyotes 0
1 Amarillo Dillas 2
3 Alexandria Aces 1
2 San Angelo Colts 1
3 Alexandria Aces 2

2007 Playoff Results[edit]

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[edit]

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
1st Round ULB Championship
           
1 Edinburg Coyotes 2
4 Laredo Broncos 1
1 Edinburg Coyotes 1
3 Alexandria Aces 3
2 San Angelo Colts 1
3 Alexandria Aces 2

ULB Champions[edit]

Most Valuable Players

All-star game[edit]

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[edit]

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Home Run Derby Winners[edit]

League Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player[edit]

Manager of the Year[edit]

Pitcher of the Year[edit]

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Playing Surface of the Year[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]