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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
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.
The first season ran from April 26 to May 25, 2002 with a
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
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. 
China Baseball gets