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The Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings was a professional baseball team based in Harlingen, Texas, in the United States. The WhiteWings was a member of United League Baseball, an independent professional league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. From the 1994 season to 2014, the WhiteWings played its home games at Harlingen Field.

Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings
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Information
LeagueUnited League Baseball (2013–2014)
LocationHarlingen, Texas
BallparkHarlingen Field
Year founded1994
Year disbanded2014
League championships2 (2000, 2014)
Division championships1 (2007)
Former name(s)
  • Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (1994–2003, 2006–07, 2009–2014)
  • Harlingen WhiteWings (2008–2009)
Former league(s)
ColorsBlack, white          
OwnershipReunion Sports Group
ManagerChris Paterson
General ManagerDoug Robinson
MediaValley Morning Star
Websitehttp://www.whitewingsbaseball.org/

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HistoryEdit

The WhiteWings was a charter member of the Texas–Louisiana League in 1994, which became the Central Baseball League. The WhiteWings won the Texas–Louisiana League Championship in 2000, upsetting the San Angelo Colts and Amarillo Dillas to win the pennant under manager Eddie Dennis. After falling on hard times the WhiteWings suspended operations in 2003. In late 2005, United League Baseball announced that the WhiteWings would resume play as the first charter member of the new league in 2006.

The team changed its name back from Harlingen WhiteWings to its original Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in May 2009.[1]

The team announced in 2015 that it was shutting down and would not a field a team for the upcoming season.[2]

Team RecordEdit

Season W L Win % Result
1994 40 48 .455
1995 53 46 .535
1996 50 48 .510 Wild Card
1997 39 49 .443
1998 36 48 .429
1999 45 38 .542 Wild Card
2000 63 49 .563 Texas–Louisiana League Champions
2001 40 56 .417
2002 44 52 .458
2003 37 59 .385
2006 38 52 .422
Winter 2007 10 10 .500 Wild Card
2007 50 49 .505 1st Half Champions
2008 20 62 .244
2009 39 41 .488
2010 47 45 .511 Lost in Semifinals

All-StarsEdit

PlayersEdit

1994

  • John O'Brien, 1B

1995

  • Tim Garland, LF
  • John O'Brien, 1b
  • Clint Davis, RP
  • Kyle Duke, SP
  • Jamie Cooley, C

1996

  • Lipso Nava, SS
  • John O'Brien, 1B

1997

1998

  • Scott Emerson, Major League Baseball pitching coach Oakland Athletics
  • Jay Davis, OF
  • Jason Fawcett, RHP
  • Omar Ramirez, LF
  • Joe Stutz, RHP
  • Mark Swindell, 2b

1999

  • Sergio Cairo, OF
  • Eddie Fitzpatrick, C
  • Mario Rodriguez, RHP
  • Michael Decelle, OF

2000

  • Yfrain Linares, RHP (Pitcher of the Year)
  • Manny Lopez, OF
  • Hector Roa, 2B

2001

  • Carlos Duncan, OF
  • Tyrone Pendergrass, OF
  • Ty Ryburn, P

2002

  • John Ballon, 3B

2003
N/A

2006

  • Adam Clay, RHP

2007

  • Jermy Acey, 2B
  • Derek Bennett, RHP
  • Omar Bramasco, Utah
  • David Cardona, OF
  • Ryan Fox, DH
  • Kevin Griffin, C
  • Joe Rogers, LHP

2008

Past managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "It's the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (again)". 13 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  2. ^ "Flown the coop: Harlingen's WhiteWings cease operations". valleymoringstar.com. February 9, 2015.

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