Panamanian Professional Baseball League

The Panamanian Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Béisbol Profesional de Panamá), currently known as Probeis, is a professional baseball winter league consisting of three teams based in Panama. Since 2019, the league's winner takes part in the Caribbean Series.

CEOGuy Nacchio
DirectorLauren Flores
No. of teams3
Most recent
Astronautas de Los Santos (1st title)
TV partner(s)Sertv
Caribbean Series


Founded in 1946, the PPBL joined Organized Baseball in 1948 and operated continuously until 1972.[1]
A new Panamanian baseball league started the 2001–02 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.


Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveceria Nacional
  Chesterfield Smokers  
Spur Cola Colonites
Carta Vieja Yankees
  Chesterfield Smokers  
Spur Cola Colonites
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
   Chesterfield Smokers   
1958–59Coclé Azucareros
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
Marlboro Smokers
1959–60Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
Comercios Dodgers
Marlboro Smokers[2]

Champion teams

1948–49Spur Cola
1949–50Carta Vieja
1950–51Spur Cola (2)
1951–52Carta Vieja (2)
1953–54Carta Vieja (3)
1954–55Carta Vieja (4)
1955–56Chesterfield (2)
1957–58Carta Vieja (5)


  • 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

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 1950–58 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]



Four teams participated during the 2001–02 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]


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


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]

Teams for 2021-2022 season

    Team name    
AstronautasLos SantosEstadio Roberto “Flaco Bala” Hernández
Aguilas MetropolitanasPanamáEstadio Nacional de Panamá
FederalesChiriquíEstadio Kenny Sarracín

2022 Caribbean Series roster

Panama 2022 Caribbean Series Roster
Players Coaches


  •    Harold Araúz
  •    Miguel Cienfuegos
  •    Manny Correa
  •    Randall Delgado
  •    Severino González
  •    Euclides Leyer
  •    Elvin Liriano
  •    José Molina
  •    Wilfredo Pereira
  •    Luis Ramos
  •    Eduardo Rivera
  •    Davis Romero
  •    Abdiel Saldana
  •    Ernesto Silva
  •    Manuel Soliman

updated on 27 January 2022


  •    Christian Bethancourt
  •    Joe DeLuca
  •    Freddy Fermín
  •    David Rodríguez


  •    José Caballero
  •    Edgardo Fermín
  •    Trey Hair
  •    Iván Herrera
  •    Xavier Quiroz
  •    Eduardo Thomas


  •    Daniel Jiménez
  •    Edgar Muñoz
  •    Rodrigo Orozco
  •    Olmo Rosario
  •    Jhohnny Santos


  •    Raúl Domínguez


Champion teams

2001–02Roneros de Carta Vieja
2011–12Roneros de Chiriquí
2012–13Caballos de Coclé
2013–14Indios de Urracá
2014–15Caballos de Coclé
2015–16Nacionales de Panamá
2016–17Panamá Metro
2017–18Caballos de Coclé
2018–19Toros de Herrera
2019–20Astronautas de Chiriquí
2020–21cancelled (Covid-19)
2021–22Astronautas de Los Santos
2022–23Federales de Chiriquí

LPB 2010

In 2010, Major League Baseball authorized Augusto Ávila Penabad and Rafael Ávila (at the time a vice president with the Los Angeles Dodgers) 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]


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  2. The Rise of the Latin American Baseball Leagues
  3. Carta Vieja, Rey del Caribe Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish)
  4. "Sports&Health 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 Archived 2013-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  7. 2011 Final Game
  8. es:Serie Latinoamericana 2013
  9. Probeis Teams 2012
  10. Probeis 2012
  11. LPB 2010 Info
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