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China Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 2002
No. of teams 7
Country(ies) China
Most recent champion(s) Tianjin Lions

The China Baseball League or Chinese Baseball League (Chinese: 中国棒球联赛) or CBL is a fledgling professional baseball league under the administration of Chinese Baseball Association, founded in 2002. It should not be confused with the Chinese Professional Baseball League of Taiwan. There is also a basketball CBL in China, the Chinese Basketball League, which is a minor league for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

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Teams

Division Team Location Stadium
West/North Beijing Tigers (北京猛虎) Beijing Lucheng Field
Sichuan Dragons (四川蛟龙) Chengdu, Sichuan Jinnui Stadium
Tianjin Lions (天津雄狮) Tianjin Tian Ti Dodger Stadium
East/South Guangdong Leopards (广东猎豹) Guangzhou, Guangdong Zhongshan Stadium
Jiangsu Hopestars (江苏希望之星) Wuxi, Jiangsu Wuxi Baseball Stadium
Shanghai Golden Eagles (上海金鹰) Shanghai Shanghai Sports Palace
Henan Elephants (河南吉象) Zhengzhou, Henan Henan Ball Games Administration Center Baseball Field

The original four teams were the Beijing Tigers, Tianjin Lions, Shanghai Eagles and Guangzhou Lightning. The Hope Stars and Dragons joined them in 2005. The Hope Stars are an under-21 team of promising players from around the country. Henan Elephants entered CBL as a expansion team in 2009.

Earlier seasons

The first season ran from April 26 to May 25, 2002 with a one-game championship.

In the 2004 season, the defending champion Beijing Tigers once again defeated the Tianjin Lions in the best-of-five finals. They came back from an 0-2 deficit to win the series 3 games to 2.

The opening day of the 2005 season was April 1, 2005. The regular season ended on June 26. In the 2005 best-of-five championship series, the Beijing Tigers swept the Tianjin Lions, three games to none, giving the Tigers their third straight title. (The 2005 championship series was abbreviated to three games due to SARS.)

Year Winner Games Runner-up Games
2002 Tianjin Lions 1 Beijing Tigers 0
2003 Beijing Tigers 3 Tianjin Lions 2
2004 Beijing Tigers 3 Tianjin Lions 2
2005 Beijing Tigers 2 Tianjin Lions 0
2006 Tianjin Lions 3 Guangdong Leopards 0
2007 Tianjin Lions 3 Guangdong Leopards 1
2008 Tianjin Lions 3 Beijing Tigers 0
2009 Beijing Tigers 1 Guangdong Leopards 0

Partnership with Nippon Professional Baseball

In 2007, the CBL began a support relationship with Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan's baseball league. The agreement allows the Japanese clubs to send coaches and players to China and Chinese players to train at the Japanese facilities.

All teams will have a Japanese team as a partner. Beijing will pair with the Yomiuri Giants, Sichuan with the Softbank Hawks, Shanghai with the Hanshin Tigers, Jiangsu with the Chiba Lotte Marines and Guangdong with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Tianjin will continue its existing relationship with the Yokohama BayStars which began in 2005. [1]

See also

References

  1. ^ China Baseball gets Japanese Help

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