China Baseball League

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Not to be confused with Chinese Professional Baseball League of Taiwan.
China Baseball League (CBL)
China Baseball League logo.jpg
Sport Baseball
Founded 2002
No. of teams 7
Country China
Continent Asia
Most recent champion(s) Tianjin Lions (5th title)
Most titles Tianjin Lions (5 titles)
Level on pyramid 1
Official website www.Baseball.Sport.org.cn

The China Baseball League (Chinese: 中国棒球联赛, CBL) is a professional baseball league under the administration of Chinese Baseball Association, founded in 2002. They suspended operations in 2012 due to financial troubles after the 2011 season, but have returned for a planned 2014 season.[1]

Current clubs[edit]

Division Team Location Stadium
North / West Beijing Tigers (北京猛虎) Beijing Lucheng Field
Sichuan Dragons (四川蛟龙) Chengdu, Sichuan Jinniu Stadium
Tianjin Lions (天津雄狮) Tianjin Tian Ti Dodger Stadium
South / East Guangdong Leopards (广东猎豹) Guangzhou, Guangdong Zhongshan Stadium
Henan Elephants (河南吉象) Zhengzhou, Henan Henan Ball Games Administration Center Baseball Field
Jiangsu Pegasus (江苏天马) Wuxi, Jiangsu Wuxi Baseball Stadium
Shanghai Golden Eagles (上海金鹰) Shanghai Shanghai Sports Palace

The original four teams were the Beijing Tigers, Tianjin Lions, Shanghai Eagles and Guangzhou Lightning. The Hope Stars and Dragons joined them in 2005. The Hope Stars were an under-21 team of promising players from around the country. Henan Elephants entered CBL as an expansion team in 2009.

Earlier seasons[edit]

The first season ran from April 26 to May 25, 2002 with a one-game championship.

In the 2004 season, the defending champion Beijing Tigers once again defeated the Tianjin Lions in the best-of-five finals. They came back from an 0-2 deficit to win the series 3 games to 2.

The opening day of the 2005 season was April 1, 2005. The regular season ended on June 26. In the 2005 best-of-five championship series, the Beijing Tigers swept the Tianjin Lions, three games to none, giving the Tigers their third straight title. (The 2005 championship series was abbreviated to three games due to SARS.)

Year Winner Games Runner-up Games
2002 Tianjin Lions 1 Beijing Tigers 0
2003 Beijing Tigers 3 Tianjin Lions 2
2004 Beijing Tigers 3 Tianjin Lions 2
2005 Beijing Tigers 2 Tianjin Lions 0
2006 Tianjin Lions 3 Guangdong Leopards 0
2007 Tianjin Lions 3 Guangdong Leopards 1
2008 Tianjin Lions 3 Beijing Tigers 0
2009 Beijing Tigers 1 Guangdong Leopards 0
2010 Guangdong Leopards 2 Beijing Tigers 0
2011 Tianjin Lions 2 Guangdong Leopards 1

Chinese Baseball League Winners[edit]

Club Champions Runners-Up Winning Seasons Runners-Up Seasons
Tianjin Lions
5
3
2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 2003, 2004, 2005
Beijing Tigers
4
3
2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 2002, 2008, 2010
Guangdong Leopards
1
4
2010 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011

Partnership with Nippon Professional Baseball[edit]

In 2007, the CBL began a support relationship with Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan's baseball league. The agreement allows the Japanese clubs to send coaches and players to China and Chinese players to train at the Japanese facilities.

All teams will have a Japanese team as a partner. Beijing will pair with the Yomiuri Giants, Sichuan with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Shanghai with the Hanshin Tigers, Jiangsu with the Chiba Lotte Marines and Guangdong with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Tianjin will continue its existing relationship with the Yokohama BayStars which began in 2005. [2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "중국야구리그 가 드디어 2년 만에 부활합니다". Chinese Baseball Story. 9 April 2014. 
  2. ^ China Baseball gets Japanese Help

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