Leones del Escogido

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Leones del Escogido
League Dominican Winter League
Location Santo Domingo
Ballpark Estadio Quisqueya
Year founded 1921
League championships 1922, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1969, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2010, 2012, 2013
Caribbean Series championships 1988, 1990, 2010, 2012
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Leones del Escogido (English: Lions of the chosen one) are a professional baseball team in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Established in 1921, Leones are the third most successful team in the Dominican Winter League, behind Tigres del Licey and Aguilas Cibaeñas, having won 16 national championships and 4 Caribbean Series.

Leones swept Aguilas Cibaeñas in 5 games in the 2012-13 best-of-nine finals. They represented Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series to be played in Hermosillo, but lost the final 4-3 to the Mexican team Yaquis de Obregón. Leones beat Yaquis in their first two matchups and finished the Caribbean Series with the best record 5-2, including the final.

History[edit]

The Leones' record book is dominated by the Alou brothers: Matty, Felipe and Jesús. The brothers hold the first, second and third spots in the team's record book for the following: games played, runs, at bats, hits, home runs and RBIs. Matty and Felipe are one-two in several more categories, including bases on balls and stolen bases. Felipe Alou is also the most successful manager, winning four championships.

2009-10 Season[edit]

The Leones enjoyed a very successful first year with new ownership. They won their third straight "City Championship Trophy" over Tigres del Licey, their rivals who share Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, after winning six of their ten regular season games against Licey. They followed this by winning the regular season with a 30-19 record, and won their thirteenth Winter League Championship, ending their 18 year National Championship drought. Leones represented the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series, and won their third title with a 5-1 record.

2010-11 Season[edit]

On 20 March 2010, General Manager Moisés Alou announced that Ken Oberkfell will return to manage Leones del Escogido for the 2010–2011 season. The team won their fourth straight City Championship Trophy this season, securing the season series with their win over Licey on 9 December. Leones made it to the postseason, but failed to reach the finals, which were eventually won by Toros del Este.

2011-12 Season[edit]

After struggling in the regular season, Leones clinched a spot in the Round Robin. They finished the Round Robin in first place, setting up a 9 game Finals against Aguilas. Despite blowing a commanding 3-0 series lead, Leones won their fourteenth championship in dramatic fashion with a come from behind win in game 9. Leones also won the Caribbean Series hosted by Dominican Republic.

2012-13 Season[edit]

Leones again struggled in the regular season, but won their final three games to force a one game playoff against Gigantes del Cibao. Leones won the game 5-2, and joined Águilas Cibaeñas, Toros del Este, and Estrellas Orientales in the Round Robin. Águilas and Leones advanced to the Final, ending the Round Robin in 17 games. Leones swept Águilas in 5 games to win their third crown in four years and their fifteenth overall.

Leones cruised in the Caribbean Series group stage, winning 5 out of 6 games, but lost the final to Mexico in 18 innings 4-3.

2013-14 Season[edit]

On 1 December 2013, Leones beat Tigres del Licey 1-0 and secured the City Championship Trophy. Leones won the regular season with 31-19, qualifying for the Round Robin. On 14 January 2014, Jon Leicester, Ramon Garcia, Fernando Rodney, and Armando Rodriguez threw a combined no-hitter to Licey, clinching the Round Robin and home field advantage in the Finals. It was just the 8th no-hitter in the history of Dominican Winter League. They faced Tigres del Licey in the Finals, losing the series 5-3.

Championship history[edit]

Leones del Escogido won the first championship in 1922 of a short-lived professional baseball era from 1922 to 1937, but only the current Winter League format established in 1951 is widely accepted.

Season Champion Manager Runner-up
1922 Leones del Escogido Luis Alfau Tigres del Licey
1955-56 Leones del Escogido Frank Genovese Águilas Cibaeñas
1956-57 Leones del Escogido Red Davis Tigres del Licey
1957-58 Leones del Escogido Salty Parker Estrellas Orientales
1959-60 Leones del Escogido Pete Reiser Estrellas Orientales
1960-61 Leones del Escogido Pepe Lucas Águilas Cibaeñas
1968-69 Leones del Escogido Andy Gilbert Estrellas Orientales
1980-81 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Águilas Cibaeñas
1981-82 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Estrellas Orientales
1987-88 Leones del Escogido Phil Regan Estrellas Orientales
1988-89 Leones del Escogido Phil Regan Tigres del Licey
1989-90 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Águilas Cibaeñas
1991-92 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Estrellas Orientales
2009-10 Leones del Escogido Ken Oberkfell Gigantes del Cibao
2011-12 Leones del Escogido Ken Oberkfell Aguilas Cibaeñas
2012-13 Leones del Escogido Audo Vicente Aguilas Cibaeñas

Caribbean Series Championships[edit]

Leones del Escogido have won four Caribbean Series in their history.

Year Host City Champion Record
1988 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 4-2
1990 United States Miami Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 5-1
2010 Venezuela Margarita Island Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 5-1
2012 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 4-2

Notable players[edit]

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