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The Puerto Rico Baseball League, formerly the Puerto Rican League (Spanish: Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League) or LBPPR is the top professional baseball league in Puerto Rico. It is a winter league that consisting of six teams with the league's champion participating in the Serie del Caribe. The league canceled the 2007-2008 season due to financial concerns. It returned to play in 2008-2009 with a new name (the Puerto Rico Baseball League).

The league was established in the winter of 1938-1939 as a semi-professional baseball league. The league featured 6 teams, but only two of their players, Hiram Bithorn and Luis Olmo would make it to the US Major Leagues. The six original teams were the Mayaguez Indians, San Juan Senators, Ponce Lions, Caguas Criollos, the Humacao Oriental Grays and the Guayama Brujos. The following year, two expansion teams, the Santurce Crabbers and the Aguadilla Sharks were added. The league became an official "professional" league in 1941.

In 1949 the league helped co-found the Caribbean Series and it has been a major winter league for over 65 years. Puerto Rican teams have won 14 Caribbean Series titles, five behind the Dominican Republic for the all-time lead. Many high profile players have been a part of the league like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Leon Day, Buck Leonard, Raymond Brown, Willard Brown, Hilton Smith, Willie Mays, Monte Irvin, Ed Stone, Bob Thurman, Bill Byrd and Puerto Rican natives Luis Olmo, Perucho Cepeda, Francisco Coimbre, Luis Marquez, Ruben Gomez, Juan Pizarro, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Ivan Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Juan Gonzalez, Carlos Delgado, Bernie Williams and Edgar Martinez.

Other would be Major league stars played for one or more winters on their way to "making it" in the Major leagues, including Tommy Lasorda, Don Zimmer, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Frank Robinson, Denny McLain, Gary Carter, Steve Carlton, Rickey Henderson, Mike Schmidt, Cal Ripken, Jr., Johnny Bench, Bob Gibson and Vince Coleman, among others.

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[edit] Current Teams

Team English Stadium City
Criollos de Caguas Caguas Creoles Parque Yldefonso Solá Morales Caguas
Gigantes de Carolina Carolina Giants Estadio Roberto Clemente Walker Carolina
Indios de Mayagüez Mayagüez Indians Estadio Isidoro García Mayagüez
Leones de Ponce Ponce Lions Estadio Francisco Montaner Ponce
Cangrejeros de Santurce Santurce Crabbers Estadio Hiram Bithorn San Juan

[edit] Former Teams

[edit] League Champions

[edit] Championships by Team

[edit] Seasonal Champions

Team won the Serie del Caribe
Season Champion Runnerup Manager Regular Season Record Playoffs
1939 Guayama San Juan Fernando García Guayama 27 - 12 (0.692) 3 - 2
1940 Guayama San Juan Fernando García Guayama 39 - 17 (0.696) 4 - 0
1941 Caguas Santurce José Seda Caguas 27 - 15 (0.643) 4 - 3
1942 Leones de Ponce [[]] George Scales Leones de Ponce 30 - 13 (0.698)
1943 Leones de Ponce Santurce George Scales Leones de Ponce 19 - 16 (0.543) 4 - 1
1944 Leones de Ponce [[]] George Scales Leones de Ponce 37 - 7 (0.841)
1945 Leones de Ponce [[]] George Scales Leones de Ponce 28 - 11 (0.718)
1946 Senadores de San Juan Mayagüez Robert Clarke Indios de Mayagüez 24 - 16 (0.600) 4 - 2
1947 Leones de Ponce Caguas-Guayama George Scales Leones de Ponce 38 - 22 (0.633) 4 - 3
1948 Caguas-Guayama Indios de Mayagüez Quincy Trouppe Indios de Mayagüez 39 - 21 (0.650) 4 - 3
1949 Indios de Mayagüez Cangrejeros de Santurce Artie Wilson Indios de Mayagüez 51 - 29 (0.638) 4 - 2
1950 Caguas-Guayama Indios de Mayagüez Luis Olmo Caguas-Guayama 47 - 31 (0.603) 4 - 0
1951 Cangrejeros de Santurce Caguas-Guayama George Scales Caguas-Guayama 57 - 20 (0.740) 4 - 3
1952 Senadores de San Juan Cangrejeros de Santurce Freddie Thon Cangrejeros de Santurce 43 - 29 (0.597) 4 - 2
1953 Cangrejeros de Santurce Senadores de San Juan Buster Clarkson Cangrejeros de Santurce 45 - 27 (0.625) 4 - 2
1954 Caguas-Guayama Indios de Mayagüez Mickey Owen Caguas-Guayama 46 - 34 (0.575) 4 - 1
1955 Cangrejeros de Santurce Caguas-Guayama Herman Franks Cangrejeros de Santurce 47 - 25 (0.653) 4 - 1
1956 Caguas-Guayama Cangrejeros de Santurce Ben Geraghty Cangrejeros de Santurce 43 - 29 (0.597) 4 - 2
1957 Indios de Mayagüez Cangrejeros de Santurce Mickey Owen Cangrejeros de Santurce 43 - 29 (0.597) 4 - 1
1958 Caguas-Guayama Cangrejeros de Santurce Ted Norbert Cangrejeros de Santurce 36 - 28 (0.563) 4 - 0
1959 Cangrejeros de Santurce Caguas-Guayama Ramon "Monchile" Concepción Senadores de San Juan 38 - 24 (0.613) 5- 2
1960 Caguas-Guayama Senadores de San Juan Vic Power Senadores de San Juan 41 - 23 (0.641) 5 - 1
1961 Senadores de San Juan Criollos de Caguas Lum Harris Senadores de San Juan 39 - 25 (0.609) 5 - 3
1962 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Vern Benson Indios de Mayagüez 45 - 35 (0.563) 4 - 0
1963 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Cal Ermer Indios de Mayagüez 42 - 28 (0.600) 4 - 1
1964 Senadores de San Juan Indios de Mayagüez Les Moss Criollos de Caguas 41 - 29 (0.586) 4 - 1
1965 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Preston Gómez Cangrejeros de Santurce 41 - 28 (0.594) 4 - 2
1966 Indios de Mayagüez Leones de Ponce Wayne Blackburn Indios de Mayagüez 42 - 28 (0.600) 4 - 2
1967 Cangrejeros de Santurce Leones de Ponce Earl Weaver Leones de Ponce 46 - 25 (0.648) 4 - 2
1968 Caguas-Guayama Cangrejeros de Santurce Saturnino "Nino" Escalera Cangrejeros de Santurce 47 - 22 (0.681) 4 - 2
1969 Leones de Ponce Senadores de San Juan Rocky Bridges Cangrejeros de Santurce 49 - 20 (0.710) 4 -0
1970 Leones de Ponce Cangrejeros de Santurce Jim Fregosi Leones de Ponce 44 - 25 (0.638) 4 - 2
1971 Cangrejeros de Santurce Criollos de Caguas Frank Robinson Criollos de Caguas 41 - 29 (0.586) 4 - 3
1972 Leones de Ponce Senadores de San Juan Frank Verdi Senadores de San Juan 39 - 30 (0.565) 4 - 2
1973 Cangrejeros de Santurce Leones de Ponce Frank Robinson Cangrejeros de Santurce 45 - 25 (0.643) 4 - 2
1974 Caguas-Guayama Leones de Ponce Bobby Wine Leones de Ponce 42 - 28 (0.600) 4 - 2
1975 Vaqueros de Bayamón Criollos de Caguas José Pagán Criollos de Caguas 43 - 27 (0.614) 4 - 3
1976 Vaqueros de Bayamón Criollos de Caguas José Pagán Criollos de Caguas 35 - 25 (0.583) 5 - 2
1977 Criollos de Caguas Vaqueros de Bayamón Doc Edwards Criollos de Caguas 40 - 20 (0.667) 5 - 1
1978 Indios de Mayagüez Vaqueros de Bayamón Rene Lachemann Criollos de Caguas 37 - 23 (0.617) 4 - 2
1979 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Félix Millán Leones de Ponce 33 - 27 (0.550) 4 - 3
1980 Vaqueros de Bayamón Cangrejeros de Santurce Art Howe Cangrejeros de Santurce 36 - 24 (0.600) 4 - 1
1981 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Félix Millán Vaqueros de Bayamón 39 - 21 (0.650) 4 - 1
1982 Leones de Ponce Vaqueros de Bayamón Ed Nottle Criollos de Caguas 37 - 23 (0.617) 4 - 3
1983 Lobos de Arecibo Leones de Ponce Ron Clark Cangrejeros de Santurce 35 - 26 (0.574) 4 - 3
1984 Indios de Mayagüez Leones de Ponce Frank Verdi Indios de Mayagüez 38 - 22 (0.633) 4 - 3
1985 Senadores de San Juan Cangrejeros de Santurce Mako Oliveras Indios de Mayagüez 38 - 22 (0.633) 4 - 3
1986 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Nick Leyva Criollos de Caguas 33 - 21 (0.611) 4 - 2
1987 Criollos de Caguas Leones de Ponce Tim Foli Leones de Ponce 34 - 19 (0.642) 4 - 2
1988 Indios de Mayagüez Cangrejeros de Santurce Jim Riggleman Cangrejeros de Santurce 31 - 21 (0.596) 4 - 3
1989 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Tom Gamboa Senadores de San Juan 35 - 25 (0.583) 4 - 1
1990 Senadores de San Juan Criollos de Caguas Mako Oliveras Leones de Ponce 31 - 19 (0.620) 5 - 3
1991 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Mako Oliveras Senadores de San Juan 33 - 25 (0.569) 5 - 3
1992 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Pat Kelly Senadores de San Juan 29 - 21 (0.580) 5 - 4
1993 Cangrejeros de Santurce Senadores de San Juan Mako Oliveras Cangrejeros de Santurce 29 - 18 (0.617) 5 - 1
1994 Senadores de San Juan Cangrejeros de Santurce Luis Meléndez Senadores de San Juan 35 - 13 (0.729) 5 - 2
1995 Senadores de San Juan Indios de Mayagüez Luis Meléndez Indios de Mayagüez 33 - 21 (0.611) 5 - 3
1996 Lobos de Arecibo Indios de Mayagüez Pat Kelly Indios de Mayagüez 28 - 21 (0.571) 5 - 3
1997 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Tom Gamboa Indios de Mayagüez/
Cangrejeros de Santurce
28 - 22 (0.560) 5 - 3
1998 Indios de Mayagüez Senadores de San Juan Tom Gamboa Senadores de San Juan 40 - 22 (0.645) 5 - 4
1999 Indios de Mayagüez Leones de Ponce Al Newman Leones de Ponce 29 - 18 (0.617) 5 - 1
2000 Cangrejeros de Santurce Indios de Mayagüez Mako Oliveras Indios de Mayagüez 27 - 23 (0.540) 5 - 2
2001 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Santos Alomar Criollos de Caguas 30 - 19 (0.612) 5 - 2
2002 Vaqueros de Bayamón Cangrejeros de Santurce Carmelo Martinez Leones de Ponce 31 - 22 (0.585) 5 - 3
2003 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Nick Leyva Criollos de Caguas 32 - 18 (0.640) 5 - 1
2004 Leones de Ponce Criollos de Caguas Cheo Cruz [[]] - () 5 - 2
2005 Indios de Mayagüez Gigantes de Carolina Mako Oliveras [[]] - () 5 - 3
2006 Gigantes de Carolina Leones de Ponce Lino Rivera [[]] - () 5 - 3
2007 Gigantes de Carolina Lobos de Arecibo Lino Rivera [[]] - () 5 - 2
2009 Leones de Ponce Lobos de Arecibo Eduardo Pérez [[]] - () 4 - 1
2010 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Mako Oliveras Lobos de Arecibo 18 - 24 (0.429) 4 - 1
2011 Criollos de Caguas Leones de Ponce Lino Rivera [[]] - () 4 - 3
2012 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Dave Miley Criollos de Caguas 20 - 21 (.488) 5 - 3
2013 Criollos de Caguas Indios de Mayagüez Pedro Lopez Criollos de Caguas 23 - 19 (.548) 4 - 2
2014 Indios de Mayagüez Criollos de Caguas Carlos Baerga 3-way tie 21 - 19 (.525) 4 - 2

[edit] Awards

[edit] Most Valuable Player

[edit] Rookie of the Year

[edit] Leaders

[edit] Batting Average

[edit] Home Runs

[edit] Runs Batted In

[edit] Runs

[edit] Hits

[edit] Doubles

[edit] Triples

[edit] Stolen Bases

[edit] Wins

[edit] Strikeouts

[edit] ERA

[edit] Further Reading

[edit] External links

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