Colombian Professional Baseball League

The Colombian Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Liga Colombiana de Béisbol Profesional) (LCBP), 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.

Colombian Professional Baseball League
SportBaseball
Founded1948
No. of teams4
CountryColombia
Most recent
champion(s)
Caimanes de Barranquilla
TV partner(s)Claro
RCN
Official websitelcbp.co.com

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. 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 Édgar 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 BarranquillaEstadio Édgar RenteríaBarranquilla12,000
Tigres de CartagenaEstadio Once de NoviembreCartagena12,000
Leones de MonteríaEstadio 18 de JunioMontería4,500
Toros de Sincelejo20 de eneroSincelejo10,000

Colombian baseball stadiums

StadiumCityCapacityHome Team
1Once de NoviembreCartagena de Indias12,000Tigres de Cartagena-Indios de Cartagena
220 de eneroSincelejo10,000Toros de Sincelejo-Rancheros de Sincelejo
3Edgar RenteriaBarranquilla8,000Caimanes de Barranquilla - Eléctricos de Barranquilla - Vaqueros de Barranquilla
4Luis Alberto VillegasMedellín8,000Potros de Medellín - Pumas de Antioquia
5Miguel Chávez del ValleCali4,500Azucareros del Valle
618 de junioMontería4.500Leones de Montería
7Estadio Distrital Hermes Barros CabasBogotá2,700Águilas de Bogotá/Metropolitanos de Bogotá
8Wellingwourth MaySan Andrés2,000Piratas de San Andrés
9Rafael NaarTurbaco1,200None
10Estadio Rafael Hernández PardoSanta Marta-Tiburones de Santa Marta
11Júlio Silva BolañoCiénaga3,000None
12Luis Támara SamudioTolú1,000None

Champions

Season
Champion
48Indios
49Filtta
50Indios
51Filtta
52Indios
53Willard
53-54Torices
54-55Willard
55-56Indios
56-57Kola Román
57-58Vanytor
79-80Indios
80-81Indios
81-82Café Universal
82-83Café Universal
83-84Cerveza Aguila
84-85Caimanes de Barranquilla
87-88Indios
93-94Caimanes de Barranquilla
94-95Rancheros
95-96Tigres de Cartagena
96-97Rancheros de Sincelejo
97-98Caimanes de Barranquilla
98-99Caimanes de Barranquilla
99-00Vaqueros de Barranquilla
00-01Didn't have a championship, no financial support
01-02Eléctricos de Barranquilla
02-03Eléctricos de Barranquilla
03-04Tigres de Cartagena
04-05Tigres de Cartagena
05-06Tigres de Cartagena
06-07Tigres de Cartagena
07-08Caimanes de Barranquilla
08-09Caimanes de Barranquilla
09-10Caimanes de Barranquilla
10-11season cancelled
11-12Toros de Sincelejo
12-13Caimanes de Barranquilla
13-14Tigres de Cartagena
14-15Leones de Montería
15-16Caimanes de Barranquilla
16-17Leones de Montería
17-18Leones de Montería
18-19Caimanes de Barranquilla

References

  1. "Hispanic PR Wire - CULTIVA Entertainment announces exclusive marketing agent relationship with the Colombian League of Professional Baseball". www.hispanicprwire.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Adams, David. "Edgar Renteria Online". www.edgarrenteria.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  4. "Edgar Renteria and Orlando Cabrera do not get along these days - Big League... - MLB - Yahoo! Sports". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  5. LCBP Official Site http://teamrenteria.info/teamrenteria/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1148&Itemid=262 Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-01-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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