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Dominican Winter Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1951
No. of teams 6
Country(ies)  Dominican Republic
Most recent champion(s) Leones del Escogido
Official website lidom.com

The Dominican Winter Baseball League (Spanish: Liga de Beisbol Profesional de la Republica Dominicana) is a winter baseball league consisting of six baseball teams spread across the Dominican Republic; it is the top domestic baseball league in that country. The league's players include many from Major League Baseball, and its champion plays each year in the Caribbean Series.

Each team plays a fifty-game round-robin schedule that begins the end of October and runs to the end of December. The top four teams engage in another 18 game round-robin schedule the first three weeks of January; the top two teams in those standings then play a best-of-nine series for the national title. The league's champion advances to the Caribbean Series to play against the champions of Mexico, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

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Teams and their home cities

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Former teams

History

Baseball was introduced in the Caribbean in 1866 by U.S. sailors loading sugar in the then Spanish colony of Cuba.[citation needed] Eight years later, in 1874, the first organized game of baseball was played between Cuban teams. In the years to come it would be Cuba which would spread baseball throughout the Caribbean. When the Ten Years' War (1868-1878) in Cuba brought turmoil to the colony, many Cubans fled their country and migrated to the Dominican Republic, bringing with them the game called "baseball" or "béisbol". The sport turned competitive in the 1920s when baseball games began being played against neighboring countries Dominican teams were competing.

Founding teams

In the early 1900s, four Dominican teams formed. These teams still exist today, and form the foundation of Dominican professional baseball:

  • Tigres del Licey (1907)
  • Estrellas Orientales (1911)
  • Sandino, later renamed Las Águilas (1937)
  • Leones del Escogido (1921)

Championship history

Season Champion Manager Runner-up
1922 Leones del Escogido Luis Alfau Tigres del Licey
1923 Incomplete season
1924 Tigres del Licey Charles A. Dore Leones del Escogido
1929 Tigres del Licey Charles A. Dore Leones del Escogido
1936 Estrellas Orientales Enrique Mejía Tigres del Licey
1937 Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo Lázaro Salazar Aguilas Cibaeñas
Season Champion Manager Runner-up
1951 Tigres del Licey Félix Delgado Leones del Escogido
1952 Águilas Cibaeñas Rodolfo Fernández Tigres del Licey
1953 Tigres del Licey Oscar Rodríguez Águilas Cibaeñas
1954 Estrellas Orientales Ramón Bragaña 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
1958-59 Tigres del Licey Joe Schultz Leones del Escogido
1959-60 Leones del Escogido Pete Reiser Estrellas Orientales
1960-61 Leones del Escogido Pepe Lucas Águilas Cibaeñas
1961-62 Incomplete season
1962-63 No season
1963-64 Tigres del Licey Vernon Benson Águilas Cibaeñas
1964-65 Águilas Cibaeñas Al Widmar Leones del Escogido
1965-66 No season
1966-67 Águilas Cibaeñas Pete Peterson (baseball) Leones del Escogido
1967-68 Estrellas Orientales Tony Pacheco Leones del Escogido
1968-69 Leones del Escogido Andy Gilbert Estrellas Orientales
1969-70 Tigres del Licey Billy Muffet Águilas Cibaeñas
1970-71 Tigres del Licey Fred Hatfield Leones del Escogido
1971-72 Águilas Cibaeñas Ozzie Virgil Tigres del Licey
1972-73 Tigres del Licey Tom Lasorda Estrellas Orientales
1973-74 Tigres del Licey Tom Lasorda Águilas Cibaeñas
1974-75 Águilas Cibaeñas Al Widmar Estrellas Orientales
1975-76 Águilas Cibaeñas Tim Murtaugh Tigres del Licey
1976-77 Tigres del Licey Buck Rodgers Águilas Cibaeñas
1977-78 Águilas Cibaeñas Johnny Lipon Tigres del Licey
1978-79 Águilas Cibaeñas Johnny Lipon Leones del Escogido
1979-80 Tigres del Licey Del Crandall Estrellas Orientales
1980-81 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Águilas Cibaeñas
1981-82 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Estrellas Orientales
1982-83 Tigres del Licey Manny Mota Águilas Cibaeñas
1983-84 Tigres del Licey Manny Mota Águilas Cibaeñas
1984-85 Tigres del Licey Terry Collins Azucareros del Este
1985-86 Águilas Cibaeñas Winston Llenas Tigres del Licey
1986-87 Águilas Cibaeñas Winston Llenas 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
1990-91 Tigres del Licey John Roseboro Leones del Escogido
1991-92 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Estrellas Orientales
1992-93 Águilas Cibaeñas Miguel Diloné Azucareros del Este
1993-94 Tigres del Licey Casey Parsons Águilas Cibaeñas
1994-95 Azucareros del Este Art Howe Águilas Cibaeñas
1995-96 Águilas Cibaeñas Terry Francona Estrellas Orientales
1996-97 Águilas Cibaeñas Mike Quade Leones del Escogido
1997-98 Águilas Cibaeñas Tony Peña Tigres del Licey
1998-99 Tigres del Licey Dave Jauss Leones del Escogido
1999-00 Águilas Cibaeñas Tony Peña Estrellas Orientales
2000-01 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Leones del Escogido
2001-02 Tigres del Licey Bob Geren Águilas Cibaeñas
2002-03 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Leones del Escogido
2003-04 Tigres del Licey Manny Acta Gigantes del Cibao
2004-05 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Tigres del Licey
2005-06 Tigres del Licey Rafael Landestoy Águilas Cibaeñas
2006-07 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Tigres del Licey
2007-08 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Tigres del Licey
2008-09 Tigres del Licey Jose Offerman Gigantes del Cibao
2009-10 Leones del Escogido Ken Oberkfell Gigantes del Cibao
Team Titles
Tigres del Licey 20
Aguilas Cibaeñas 20
Leones del Escogido 13
Estrellas Orientales 3
Azucareros del Este 1
Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo 1

See also


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