Jerry Deal, the indefatigable former employee of United League Baseball, sends word that the Harlingen WhiteWings have been locked out of their ballpark for nonpayment of utilities.
To say there’s a lot of bad feelings in the Lone Star State over United League Baseball might be an understatement, and we now have a report that the beleaguered indy circuit has been locked out of its Harlingen ballpark.
Jerry Deal, the indefatigable former employee of United League Baseball, sends word that the WhiteWings have been locked out of their ballpark for nonpayment of utilities. With no 2009 lease in place, the city administrator reportedly changed the locks at the ballpark for the WhiteWings offices.
If this is true, it’s another blow as United League Baseball trudges toward a 2009 season under cloudy circumstances. A lawsuit by founders John Bryant and Byron Pierce against current owners Brad and Gary Wendt continues to move forward, while a separate lawsuit by San Angelo Colts minority owner Harlan Bruha remains active as well. The two lawsuits seek to keep the league active and not sold off to other entities — chiefly the Golden Baseball League. In addition, the league lost city funding of a new ballpark in Brownsville, while former executive GM Craig Brasfield took a job running the American Association’s Shreveport Sports.