Posted on 24 September 2014.
The regular season awards for the United League were recently announced.
The 2014 Silver Slugger Awards went to the Fort Worth Cats Ryan Lashey and the San Angelo Colts Chris Grossman. Lashey started the season with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. He played with Normal for 49 games before coming to Fort Worth where his season really took off. After hitting just .241 with Normal, Lashey hit .369 for Fort Worth in 53 games. With 79 hits over the last half of the season Lashey was a force in the Cats lineup. He finished the year with Fort Worth with six home runs and 45 RBI while posting a .369/.404/.556 line.
Joining Lashey with a Silver Slugger was the Colts Chris Grossman. The Colts’ Grossman led the league with 95 hits and 48 RBI. He posted an impressive .339/.403/.471 line over 70 games with San Angelo. The veteran also blasted five home runs and 20 doubles.
This years Fireman Award went to the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings Byron Minnich. Minnich was dominate for the 2014 champion WhiteWings saving 23 games, a new league record. After starting the year with Laredo in the American Association and saving one game, Minnich came over to Rio Grande Valley and posted a 1.21 ERA striking out 44 in 37.0 innings.
On the defensive side of the ball, Gold Glove Awards were given out to Justin Reed of the Colts, Oscar Garcia of the Cats, and Roger Bernal of the WhiteWings. Reed finished the year with a .987 fielding percentage.
The 2014 Cy Young Award went to the WhiteWings Celson Polanco. The veteran from the Dominican Republic went 6-2 for the WhiteWings posting an ERA of 2.11. He struck out 81 batters in 85.0 innings allowing only 74 hits.
The Manager of the Year Award went to the WhiteWings Chris Paterson. Leading the WhiteWings to the 2014 title and a 51-27 record. This was Paterson’s third championship as a manager and third manager of the year award.
The 2014 MVP went to the WhiteWings shortstop Roger Bernal. Bernal did it all with Rio Grande Valley. He anchored the defense and offense. Hitting .301, Bernal was second in the league with 94 hits including 11 doubles and 4 triples. He also stole 26 bases for the champion WhiteWings.
Silver Slugger: Chris Grossman, Ryan Lashley
Fireman Award: Byron Minnich
Cy Young: Celson Polanco
Gold Glove: Oscar Garcia, Justin Reed, Roger Bernal
M.V.P: Roger Bernal
Manager of the Year: Chris Paterson
Posted in N. America, Minors
Posted on 09 April 2013.
Want to play professional baseball? Here is your chance.
The Rio Grand Valley White Wings of the United Baseball League (formally the North American League) will be hosting a tryout.
The tryout will take place in San Bernardino, California on Sunday April 28th at 10 am. Players can check in at 9 am.
Professional coaches, along with MLB and independent leagues scouts, will be on hand looking to sign players for the 2013 season.
Players will run the 60, take batting practice, throw from the field, and take ground balls and fly balls. Pitchers will throw live and be put on the radar gun.
Selected players may be asked to stay for additional stuff. Players should also bring their own equipment.
Cost is $60 and can be paid at the time of registration. Players will also be asked to sign a liability waiver.
La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92505
The United Baseball League will feature six teams in the 2013 season playing in Texas and Louisiana. You can find out more information about the tryouts on Facebook where you can ask questions if needed.
Or you can email the White Wings manager Chris Paterson at ChrisPaterson12@usa.com
Updated: Date and Location changed
Posted in N. America, News, Minors
Posted on 26 January 2013.
The Abilene Prairie Dogs will not return to the field for the 2013 season.
The team played the 2012 season in the North American Baseball League’s United Division.
The team played at McMurry University where alcohol was not allowed to be sold at games. This put added strain on the team’s finances and without an agreement in place to build a new stadium, the team decided to cease operations for the 2013 season.
League officials have stated that there is a possibility the team will return for the 2014 season. This will give the league and city time to perhaps work out an agreement for a new home for the Prairie Dogs.
It is still up in the air what will become of the old North American Baseball League. The northern division of the 2012 league split off to for m the Pacific Association. The United Division will likely remain under the NABL name or go back to the United Baseball League name it was under before its merger.
With Abilene out in 2013, the league options are still unclear. The league might start a new franchise in either Brownsville, Tyler, or Del Rio but nothing has been stated publicly.
The league is running the Texas Winter League which starts in a few days, and I would suspect more announcements in the coming days about team locations for the 2013 season.
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