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The Puerto Rico Baseball League formerly known as Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico (lit. "Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League") or LBPPR, is the main professional baseball league in Puerto Rico. In 2007, the LBPPR recessed for the first time since its creation. In 2008, the organization resumed operations, but several changes were executed as part of its restructuring. These included renaming the league to "Puerto Rico Baseball League" and establishing a website. Currently consisting of six teams, the league's champion participates in the Caribbean World Series.

History

Suspension and restructuring

In August 2007, it was announced that the 2007-2008 season was cancelled due to shrinking attendance and profits over the last 10 years, and the league would instead work on a marketing plan and reorganization.

In May 2008, it was announced that the league would come back for the 2008-09 season, and that the Manati Athenians would be moved once again to Santurce, and become the Santurce Crabbers. As part of the restructuring, Major League Baseball offered to work to increase publicity.

On July 15, 2008, personnel from the league and Major League Baseball participated in a meeting where details about the league's merchandising were discussed.

Puerto Rico Baseball League

Ponce was the first team to classify to the post season, leading the league. Arecibo and Santurce also classified directly. The last space for the playoffs was decided with a "sudden death" game, with Mayagüez defeating Caguas in with scores of 6-0. On January 8, the players from eliminated teams participated in a special draft, with players including Iván Rodríguez, Saúl Rivera and Luis Matos going to new teams. The Indios and Cangrejeros were eliminated in the semifinals, with Ponce and Arecibo advancing. In the finals, the Leones won the first game, only losing the second before dominating three straight to win the league's championship. On October 2, 2009, García resigned his position as president of the league, citing "personal reasons". Subsequently, Sadi Antonmattei was elected by the board of directors to serve as president. On October 19, 2009, the league revealed a contract with WIPR-TVmarker to broadcast its games. The 2009-10 season was inaugurated on November 20, 2009, with games between Ponce versus Carolina and Arecibo versus Mayagüez-Aguadilla. This year marked the first time that the league only had five active participants since 1993-94, due to the Cangrejeros' recess. During this season, the inter-league games with the Dominican Winter Baseball League continued being included in the official record books of both organizations.

Current teams



Former teams



History

Championship teams

Season Champion
1938-39 Guayama
1939-40 Guayama
1940-41 Criollos de Caguas
1941-42 Leones de Ponce
1942-43 Leones de Ponce
1943-44 Leones de Ponce
1944-45 Leones de Ponce
1945-46 Senadores de San Juan
1946-47 Leones de Ponce
1947-48 Caguas-Guayama
1948-49 Indios de Mayagüez
1949-50 Caguas-Guayama
1950-51 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1951-52 Senadores de San Juan
1952-53 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1953-54 Caguas-Guayama
1954-55 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1955-56 Caguas-Guayama
1956-57 Indios de Mayagüez
1957-58 Caguas-Guayama
1958-59 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1959-60 Caguas-Guayama
1960-61 Senadores de San Juan
1961-62 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1962-63 Indios de Mayagüez
1963-64 Senadores de San Juan
1964-65 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1965-66 Indios de Mayagüez
1966-67 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1967-68 Caguas-Guayama
1968-69 Leones de Ponce
1969-70 Leones de Ponce
1970-71 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1971-72 Leones de Ponce
1972-73 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1973-74 Caguas-Guayama
1974-75 Vaqueros de Bayamón
1975-76 Vaqueros de Bayamón
1976-77 Criollos de Caguas
1977-78 Indios de Mayagüez
1978-79 Criollos de Caguas
1979-80 Vaqueros de Bayamón
1980-81 Criollos de Caguas
1981-82 Leones de Ponce
1982-83 Lobos de Arecibo
1983-84 Indios de Mayagüez
1984-85 Senadores de San Juan
1985-86 Indios de Mayagüez
1986-87 Criollos de Caguas
1987-88 Indios de Mayagüez
1988-89 Indios de Mayagüez
1989-90 Senadores de San Juan
1990-91 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1991-92 Indios de Mayagüez
1992-93 Cangrejeros de Santurce
1993-94 Senadores de San Juan
1994-95 Senadores de San Juan
1995-96 Lobos de Arecibo
1996-97 Indios de Mayagüez
1997-98 Indios de Mayagüez
1998-99 Indios de Mayagüez
1999-2000 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2000-01 Criollos de Caguas
2001-02 Vaqueros de Bayamón
2002-03 Indios de Mayagüez
2003-04 Leones de Ponce
2004-05 Indios de Mayagüez
2005-06 Gigantes de Carolina
2006-07 Gigantes de Carolina
2007-08 No tournament held
2008-09 Leones de Ponce


See also



References

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