China Baseball League

From BR Bullpen

The China Baseball League, the youngest of the four major leagues in Asia, began in 2002 as a four-team league and has since expanded to six clubs. Its best players also play for the China national team, coached over the years by former Major Leaguers Jim Lefebvre, Bruce Hurst, Tom Lawless and Scott McGregor among others. In 2005 a group of CBL all-stars won the bronze medal in the Asia Series by defeating heavily-favored South Korea. Present CBL teams are the Beijing Tigers, Tianjin Lions, Guangdong Leopards, Shanghai Eagles, Sichuan Dragons, Henan Elephants and Hopestars. The league lapsed in 2012 then resumed play in 2014. Initially, the league was funded in large part by Japanese sources; later Rawlings sponsored the league.

Champions[edit]

  • 2002 - Tianjin Lions
  • 2003 - Beijing Tigers
  • 2004 - Beijing Tigers
  • 2005 - Beijing Tigers
  • 2006 - Tianjin Lions
  • 2007 - Tianjin Lions
  • 2008 - Tianjin Lions
  • 2009 - Beijing Tigers
  • 2010 - Guangdong Leopards
  • 2011 - Tianjin Lions
  • 2014 - Beijing Tigers
  • 2015 - Jiangsu Pegasus
  • 2016 - Tianjin Lions
  • 2017 - ???
  • 2018 - Guangdong Leopards
  • 2019 - Beijing Tigers

MVPs (apparently not awarded each year)[edit]