Colombian Professional Baseball League

The Colombian Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Liga Profesional de Béisbol Colombiano or LPB), is a professional baseball league based in Colombia. It is a four-team winter league that plays during the Major League Baseball offseason. The league's champion takes part in the Caribbean Series.

Colombian Professional Baseball League
SportBaseball
Founded1948
No. of teams4
CountryColombia
Most recent
champion(s)
Vaqueros de Monteria (2nd title)
Most titlesCaimanes de Barranquilla (11 titles)
TV partner(s)Claro
RCN
Related
competitions
Caribbean Series
Official websitelpbcol.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.

Early incarnations (1948 - 1988)

Professional baseball in Colombia has its origins in 1948, when two foreign teams — the Havana Sugar Kings of the Florida State League, and Chesterfield of the Panamanian League — played an exhibition series against the Colombian national team. Shortly thereafter, business interests in Cartagena created the country's two first professional teams: Torices of Cartagena and Indios of Cartagena. Indios would go on to be the league's most successful club in its early years, winning seven championships.[1]

Modern era (1993 - present)

In 2004, the Colombian Professional Baseball League was provisionally accepted into the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation, but were not allowed to participate in the Caribbean Series until the level of play and the quality of baseball facilities improved.

The league added two teams for the 2010–11 season, both in non-traditional baseball markets in the country's central regions: Potros, based in Medellín, and Águilas, based in the capital of Bogotá. Additionally, the Toros moved from Sincelejo to Cali for economic reasons. These changes were reversed in the 2012-13 season, after Toros moved back to Sincelejo and the two expansion teams folded.

The league again added two new expansion teams for the 2019-2020 season: Gigantes de Barranquilla and Vaqueros de Montería. Vaqueros went on to become league champions in their inaugural season. They would also become the first team to represent Colombia in the Caribbean Series, after the LPB made its debut in the tournament's 2020 edition (replacing the Cuban National Series, which could appear due to visa issues).[2]

After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LPB established a "bubble" format for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, with all games being played in Barranquilla. The pandemic also saw both Leones and Toros withdraw from the league. Gigantes were expected to fold after the 2021-22 season, but managed to return the next year.[3]

In the 2022 Caribbean Series, Caimanes became the first LPB team to win the championship, defeating the Dominican Republic's Gigantes del Cibao.

Despite this victory, controversy ensued when the Colombian league was again denied full membership into the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation.[4]

For the 2022-23 season, the league announced it was considering adding an expansion team in Bolívar.[3] This was confirmed in September, when it was announced that the expansion team would be placed in Cartagena. Getsemaní Leones de La Trinidad, founded in 1933 as an amateur team, had petitioned to join the league for over a year, but their entrance was delayed by COVID-19.[5][6] However, before the start of the season, the league announced that both Getsemaní and Gigantes would not play due to financial difficulties; instead, Toros returned after a two-year absence, keeping the league at four teams.[7]

Partnerships

The league is televised by Cultiva Entertainment.[8] The league had an affiliation with the Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League for the 2009 season.[9]

Ownership

The league is owned by the Renteria Foundation, a charity run by former Major League Baseball shortstop Édgar Rentería.[10] In addition, players such as former Major League Baseball shortstop Orlando Cabrera have owned teams.[11]

Format

The league has five teams around the country. The season is played from October to January.[12] 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.[13]


Teams and stadiums

Four teams from the country's Caribbean region complete in the league.

Toros
Caimanes
Tigres
Vaqueros
Locations of the LCBP teams
TeamCityStadiumCapacityFounded
Caimanes de BarranquillaBarranquillaEstadio Édgar Rentería12,0001984
Tigres de CartagenaCartagenaEstadio Once de Noviembre12,0001996
Toros de SincelejoSincelejoEstadio 20 de Enero10,0002003
Vaqueros de MonteríaMonteríaEstadio 18 de Junio12,0002019

Former teams

  • Gigantes de Barranquilla (2019–2022)
  • Potros de Medellín (2010–2011)
  • Águilas de Bogotá (2010–2011)
  • Leones de Cartagena (2003–2015) → Leones de Montería (2008–2015) → Leones de Santa Marta (2015–2020)
  • Torices de Cartagena (1948–1988)
  • Indios de Cartagena (1948–2002)

Colombian baseball stadiums

StadiumCityCapacityHome Team
1Once de NoviembreCartagena de Indias12,000Tigres de Cartagena-Indios de Cartagena
2Estadio 20 de EneroSincelejo10,000Toros de Sincelejo-Rancheros de Sincelejo
3Estadio Edgar RenteriaBarranquilla8,000Caimanes de Barranquilla - Eléctricos de Barranquilla - Vaqueros de Barranquilla
4Estadio Luis Alberto VillegasMedellín8,000Potros de Medellín - Pumas de Antioquia
5Miguel Chávez del ValleCali4,500Azucareros del Valle
6Estadio 18 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
1948Indios de Cartagena
1949Filtta de Barranquilla
1950Indios de Cartagena
1951Filtta de Barranquilla
1952Indios de Cartagena
1953Torices de Cartagena
1953–54Torices de Cartagena
1954–55Willard de Barranquilla
1955–56Indios de Cartagena
1956–57Kola Román de Cartagena
1957–58Vanytor de Barranquilla
No professional baseball from 1958 to 1979
1979–80Indios de Cartagena
1980–81Indios de Cartagena
1981–82Café Universal de Barranquilla
1982–83Café Universal de Barranquilla
1983–84Cerveza Aguila de Barranquilla
1984–85Caimanes de Barranquilla
1987–88Indios de Cartagena
No professional baseball from 1988 to 1993
1993–94Caimanes de Barranquilla
1994–95Rancheros de Sincelejo
1995–96Tigres de Cartagena
1996–97Rancheros de Sincelejo
1997–98Caimanes de Barranquilla
1998–99Caimanes de Barranquilla
1999–00Vaqueros de Barranquilla
2000–01Season cancelled due to financial concerns
2001–02Eléctricos de Barranquilla
2002–03Eléctricos de Barranquilla
2003–04Tigres de Cartagena
2004–05Tigres de Cartagena
205–06Tigres de Cartagena
2006–07Tigres de Cartagena
2007–08Caimanes de Barranquilla
2008–09Caimanes de Barranquilla
2009–10Caimanes de Barranquilla
2010–11Season cancelled due to cold weather
2011–12Toros de Sincelejo
2012–13Caimanes de Barranquilla
2013–14Tigres de Cartagena
2014–15Leones de Montería
2015–16Caimanes de Barranquilla
2016–17Leones de Montería
2017–18Leones de Montería
2018–19Caimanes de Barranquilla
2019–20Vaqueros de Montería
2020–21Caimanes de Barranquilla
2021–22Caimanes de Barranquilla
2022-23Vaqueros de Montería

Championships by team

RankTeamWinsYears
1 Caimanes de Barranquilla 12 1984–85, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2021–22
2 Indios 7 1948, 1950, 1952, 1955–56, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1987–88
3 Tigres de Cartagena 6 1995–96, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14
4 Leones de Montería 3 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18
4 Vaqueros de Montería 3 1999–2000, 2016–17, 2022–23
5 Filtta de Barranquilla 2 1949, 1951
5 Willard de Barranquilla 2 1953, 1954–55
5 Café Universal de Barranquilla 2 1981–82, 1982–83
5 Rancheros de Sincelejo 2 1994–95, 1996–97
5 Eléctricos de Barranquilla 2 2001–02, 2002–03
10 Torices de Cartagena 1 1953–54
10 Kola Román de Cartagena 1 1956–57
10 Vanytor de Barranquilla 1 1957–58
10 Cerveza Aguila de Barranquilla 1 1983–84
10 Vaqueros de Barranquilla 1 1999–00
10 Toros de Sincelejo 1 2011–12

References

  1. "El béisbol de Colombia: todo lo que necesitas saber al respecto" (in Spanish). La FM. 27 July 2022. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  2. "What Colombia has to offer in the Caribbean Series - LatinAmerican Post".
  3. "Esto es lo que se sabe del béisbol profesional colombiano 2022-2023" (in Spanish). El Heraldo. 25 July 2022. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  4. "Liga colombiana molesta por carta rechaza su ingreso a Confederación" (in Spanish). Diario Libre. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  5. "Getsemaní hace swing para el béisbol profesional" (in Spanish). El Universal. 5 March 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  6. "El béisbol colombiano tiene listo su calendario y un nuevo equipo, Getsemaní" (in Spanish). Peloteros Colombia. 7 September 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  7. "Solo cuatro equipos pudieron inscribirse a la Liga Profesional de Béisbol Colombiano 2022/23" (in Spanish). Nov 9, 2022.
  8. "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.
  9. "- Break - YumaSun". Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  10. Adams, David. "Edgar Renteria Online". www.edgarrenteria.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  11. "Edgar Renteria and Orlando Cabrera do not get along these days - Big League... - MLB - Yahoo! Sports". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  12. 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
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