Colombian Professional Baseball League

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Colombian Professional Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1948
No. of teams 6
Country Colombia
Most recent champion(s) Tigres de Cartagena
TV partner(s) Claro
Official website www.teamrenteria.com

The Colombian Professional Baseball League, also known as the Colombian Winter League, is a professional baseball league based in Colombia. It is a winter league that plays during three months during the Major League Baseball offseason.

History

Colombian Professional Baseball League is commonly divided into three eras: from 1948 to 1958, from 1979 to 1988, and from 1993 to the present. In the middle of 2004 the Colombian Professional Baseball League was accepted in the Caribbean Confederation of Professional Baseball, although for the moment they will not be allowed to participate in the Caribbean Series until the level of play and the quality of baseball facilities have been deemed to have improved.[1] The Colombian League reportedly intends to continue pursuing participation in the Caribbean Series in 2012.

The league added two teams for the 2010–11 season: the Potros de Medellín (Medellín Colts), based in Medellín, Colombia, and the Águilas de Bogotá (Bogotá Eagles), based in Bogotá, Colombia. Additionally, the Toros (Bulls) moved from Sincelejo to Cali for economic reasons.

Partnerships

The league is televised by Cultiva Entertainment.1 The league had an affiliation with the Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League for the 2009 season.2

Ownership

It is sponsored in large part by Major League Baseball players as it is owned by the Renteria Foundation, a charity run by former Major League Baseball shortstop Edgar Rentería.3 In addition, players such as former Major League Baseball shortstop Orlando Cabrera have owned teams.4

Format

The league has six teams around the country. The season is played from October to January.5 The top four teams at the end of the regular season, a first round robin phase of 50 games per team, advance to another round-robin (12 games for every team) with the two best teams contesting a best-of-seven final series to determine the league champion.6

Teams and stadiums

Team
Stadium
City
Capacity
Caimanes de Barranquilla Estadio Tomás Arrieta Barranquilla 8,000
Tigres de Cartagena Estadio Once de Noviembre Cartagena 12,000
Leones de Montería Estadio 18 de Junio Montería 4,500
Toros de Cali Estadio Miguel Chávez del Valle Cali 4,500
Potros de Medellín Estadio Luis Alberto Villegas Medellín 8,000
Águilas de Bogotá Estadio Distrital Hermes Barros Cabas Bogotá 2,700

Colombian baseball stadiums

Stadium City Capacity Home Team
1 Once de Noviembre Cartagena de Indias 12,000 Tigres de Cartagena-Indios de Cartagena
2 20 de enero Sincelejo 10,000 Toros de Sincelejo-Rancheros de Sincelejo
3 Tomás Arrieta Barranquilla 8,000 Caimanes de Barranquilla - Eléctricos de Barranquilla - Vaqueros de Barranquilla
4 Luis Alberto Villegas Medellín 8,000 Potros de Medellín - Pumas de Antioquia
5 Miguel Chávez del Valle Cali 4,500 Azucareros del Valle
6 18 de junio Montería 4.500 Leones de Montería
7 Estadio Distrital Hermes Barros Cabas Bogotá 2,700 Águilas de Bogotá/Metropolitanos de Bogotá
8 Wellingwourth May San Andrésdisambiguation needed 2,000 Piratas de San Andrés
9 Rafael Naar Turbaco 1,200 None
10 Estadio Rafael Hernández Pardo Santa Marta - Tiburones de Santa Marta
11 Júlio Silva Bolaño Ciénaga 3,000 None
11 Luis Támara Samudio Tolú 1,000 None

Champions

Season
Champion
48 Indios
49 Filtta
50 Indios
51 Filtta
52 Indios
53 Willard
53-54 Torices
54-55 Willard
55-56 Vanytor
56-57 Kola Román
57-58 Vanytor
79-80 Indios
80-81 Indios
81-82 Café Universal
82-83 Café Universal
83-84 Cerveza Aguila
84-85 Caimanes de Barranquilla
87-88 Indios
93-94 Caimanes de Barranquilla
94-95 Rancheros
95-96 Tigres de Cartagena
96-97 Tigres de Cartagena
97-98 Caimanes de Barranquilla
98-99 Caimanes de Barranquilla
99-00 Vaqueros de Barranquilla
00-01 Didn't have a championship, no financial support
01-02 Eléctricos de Barranquilla
02-03 Eléctricos de Barranquilla
03-04 Tigres de Cartagena
04-05 Tigres de Cartagena
05-06 Tigres de Cartagena
06-07 Tigres de Cartagena
07-08 Caimanes de Barranquilla
08-09 Caimanes de Barranquilla
09-10 Caimanes de Barranquilla
10-11 season cancelled
11-12 Toros de Sincelejo
12-13 Caimanes de Barranquilla
13-14 Tigres de Cartagena

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