Panamanian Professional Baseball League

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Probeis
Probeis logo.png
Sport Baseball
Founded 2001
Commissioner Guy Nacchio
Director Lauren Flores
No. of teams 4
Country Panama
Most recent champion(s) Indios de Urracá
TV partner(s) TVMax RPC-TV
Sponsor(s) +Movil
Official website Probeis (Spanish)

The Panamanian Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Béisbol Profesional de Panamá), currently known as Probeis, is a winter professional baseball league consisting of four teams.

History[edit]

Originally founded in 1946, the PPBL joined Organized Baseball in 1948 and operated continuously until 1972.[1]
A new Panamanian baseball league started the 2001–2002 season as Probeis (Liga Profesional de Béisbol de Panamá), but it lasted that season only. By 2010, Los Angeles Dodgers related businessmen restarted the league as LPB (Professional Baseball League), but had poor logistics and operations lasted only one season.
In 2011 Probeis made its second run since 2001.

1948–1960 years[edit]

Seasons Clubs
    1948–1949    
through
1952–1953
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveceria Nacional
  Chesterfield Smokers  
Spur Cola Colonites
    1953–1954    
through
1955–1956
Carta Vieja Yankees
  Chesterfield Smokers  
Spur Cola Colonites
    1956–1957    
through
1957–1958
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
   Chesterfield Smokers   
1958–1959 Coclé Azucareros
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
Marlboro Smokers
1959–1960 Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
Comercios Dodgers
Marlboro Smokers[2]

Champion teams[edit]

  • 1948–1949: Spur Cola
  • 1949–1950: Carta Vieja
  • 1950–1951: Spur Cola (2)
  • 1951–1952: Carta Vieja (2)
  • 1952–1953: Chesterfield
  • 1953–1954: Carta Vieja (3)
  • 1954–1955: Carta Vieja (4)
  • 1955–1956: Chesterfield (2)
  • 1956–1957: Balboa
  • 1957–1958: Carta Vieja (5)
  • 1958–1959: Coclé
  • 1959–1960: Marlboro[2]

Notes[edit]

  • The Carta Vieja, Chesterfield, Comercios and Marlboro teams represented Panama City, while Spur Cola was based in Colon.
  • The Azucareros and Cerveza Balboa teams were sponsored from the cities of Aguadulce and Balboa, respectively.
  • More of the games were played at Estadio Olímpico de Panamá in Panama City.[2]

Carta Vieja Yankees[edit]

The league's champion team played in the Caribbean Series in its first stage from 1949 through 1960, before Fidel Castro dismantled the Cuban Winter League and replaced it with a new amateur circuit.

The Carta Vieja Yankees, one of the most distinguished clubs in the circuit, won five titles spanning 1950–1958 and also captured the 1950 Caribbean Series, to become the only Panamanian team to a win a Series championship in the 20th Century.[2][3]

Throughout its 12-year history, the team featured players as Wayne Blackburn, Chet Brewer, Webbo Clarke, Jim Cronin, Jerry Davie, Carl Duser, Marion Fricano, Milt Graff, Bill Harris, Spook Jacobs, Connie Johnson, Spider Jorgensen, Héctor López, Bobby Prescott, Humberto Robinson, Jean-Pierre Roy, Pat Scantlebury, Billy Shantz, Joe Tuminelli and Jim Umbricht, among others.[2]

Probeis[edit]

2001–02[edit]

Four teams participated during the 2001–2002 season: Canaleros de Panamá, Macheteros de Azuero, Roneros de Carta Vieja and Tiburones Atlas de Panamá Oeste. Carta Vieja was the champion team, while Olmedo Sáenz won the batting title (.331) and Miguel Gómez was the best pitcher (5-0).[4][5]

2011-12[edit]

Roneros Carta Vieja won their second Probeis title.[6][7]

2012-13[edit]

Caballos de Coclé won first title and Javier Castillo was selected as MVP with 0.397 Avg.
Caballos de Coclé as champion represented Panama in the first Serie Latinoamericana held in Veracruz, Mexico, reaching third place.[8]
Industriales de Herrera replaced Diablicos de Azuero for the 2012 tournament.[9][10]

Current teams[edit]

  • Caballos de Coclé
  • Indios de Urracá
  • Industriales de Herrera
  • Roneros de Chiriquí[4]

Champion teams[edit]

    Season    
   Club   
  2001–2002      Roneros de Carta Vieja   
  2011–2012      Roneros de Chiriquí   
  2012–2013       Caballos de Coclé    
  2013–2014       Indios de Urracá    

LPB 2010[edit]

In 2010, Major League Baseball authorized Augusto Ávila Penabad and Rafael Ávila, (at moment Los Angeles Dodgers vice-president) to run a new winter professional baseball league. The Liga Profesional de Beisbol or known as LPB started under the sponsorship of Claro with four teams: Los Santos, Herrera, Veraguas and Panama. The league lasted only one season due to poor logistics, economics and no support from main TV stations. Only UHF RCM Television bought the TV rights.
Season ran from December 12, 2009 until February 15, 2010.[11] Also competed with the national baseball youth championship and bad weather.
The league left debts to local hotels and transportation services.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Rise of the Latin American Baseball Leagues, 1947–1961 - Lou Hernandez. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2011. Format: Softcover, 412 pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-6384-8
  2. ^ a b c d e The Rise of the Latin American Baseball Leagues
  3. ^ Carta Vieja, Rey del Caribe (Spanish)
  4. ^ a b "Sports&Healt Magazine – La llama del béisbol profesional en Panamá vuelve a brillar con el torneo PROBEIS".  (Spanish)
  5. ^ Diamonds around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball – Peter C. Bjarkman. Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005. Format: Hardcover, 656 pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-3133-2268-6
  6. ^ 2011 Probeis Rosters
  7. ^ 2011 Final Game
  8. ^ es:Serie Latinoamericana 2013
  9. ^ Probeis Teams 2012
  10. ^ Probeis 2012
  11. ^ LPB 2010 Info

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