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Colombian Professional Baseball League

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Colombian Professional Baseball League
Colombian Professional Baseball League Logo.png
No. of teams4
Most recent
Vaqueros de Monteria (2nd title)
Most titlesCaimanes de Barranquilla (11 titles)
TV partner(s)Claro
Caribbean Series

The Colombian Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Liga Profesional de Béisbol Colombiano or LPB), is a professional baseball league based in Colombia. It is a four-team winter league that plays during the Major League Baseball offseason. The league's champion takes part in the Caribbean Series.

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Colombian Professional Baseball League is commonly divided into three eras: from 1948 to 1958, from 1979 to 1988, and from 1993 to the present.

Early incarnations (1948 - 1988)

Professional baseball in Colombia has its origins in 1948, when two foreign teams — the Havana Sugar Kings of the Florida State League, and Chesterfield of the Panamanian League — played an exhibition series against the Colombian national team. Shortly thereafter, business interests in Cartagena created the country's two first professional teams: Torices of Cartagena and Indios of Cartagena. Indios would go on to be the league's most successful club in its early years, winning seven championships.[1]

Modern era (1993 - present)

In 2004, the Colombian Professional Baseball League was provisionally accepted into the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation, but were not allowed to participate in the Caribbean Series until the level of play and the quality of baseball facilities improved.[1]

The league added two teams for the 2010–11 season, both in non-traditional baseball markets in the country's central regions: Potros, based in Medellín, and Águilas, based in the capital of Bogotá. Additionally, the Toros moved from Sincelejo to Cali for economic reasons. These changes were reversed in the 2012-13 season, after Toros moved back to Sincelejo and the two expansion teams folded.

The league again added two new expansion teams for the 2019-2020 season: Gigantes de Barranquilla and Vaqueros de Montería. Vaqueros went on to become league champions in their inaugural season. They would also become the first team to represent Colombia in the Caribbean Series, after the LPB made its debut in the tournament's 2020 edition (replacing the Cuban National Series, which could appear due to visa issues).[2]

After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LPB established a "bubble" format for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, with all games being played in Barranquilla. The pandemic also saw both Leones and Toros withdraw from the league. Gigantes were expected to fold after the 2021-22 season, but managed to return the next year.[3]

In the 2022 Caribbean Series, Caimanes became the first LPB team to win the championship, defeating the Dominican Republic's Gigantes del Cibao.

Despite this victory, controversy ensued when the Colombian league was again denied full membership into the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation.[4]

For the 2022-23 season, the league announced it was considering adding an expansion team in Bolívar.[3] This was confirmed in September, when it was announced that the expansion team would be placed in Cartagena. Getsemaní Leones de La Trinidad, founded in 1933 as an amateur team, had petitioned to join the league for over a year, but their entrance was delayed by COVID-19.[5][6] However, before the start of the season, the league announced that both Getsemaní and Gigantes would not play due to financial difficulties; instead, Toros returned after a two-year absence, keeping the league at four teams.[7]


The league is televised by Cultiva Entertainment.[8] The league had an affiliation with the Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League for the 2009 season.[9]


The league is owned by the Renteria Foundation, a charity run by former Major League Baseball shortstop Édgar Rentería.[10] In addition, players such as former Major League Baseball shortstop Orlando Cabrera have owned teams.[11]


The league has five teams around the country. The season is played from October to January.[12] The top four teams at the end of the regular season, a first round robin phase of 50 games per team, advance to another round-robin (12 games for every team) with the two best teams contesting a best-of-seven final series to determine the league champion.[13]

Teams and stadiums

Four teams from the country's Caribbean region complete in the league.

Colombian Professional Baseball League is located in Colombia
Locations of the LCBP teams
Team City Stadium Capacity Founded
Caimanes de Barranquilla Barranquilla Estadio Édgar Rentería 12,000 1984
Tigres de Cartagena Cartagena Estadio Once de Noviembre 12,000 1996
Toros de Sincelejo Sincelejo Estadio 20 de Enero 10,000 2003
Vaqueros de Montería Montería Estadio 18 de Junio 12,000 2019

Former teams

  • Gigantes de Barranquilla (2019–2022)
  • Potros de Medellín (2010–2011)
  • Águilas de Bogotá (2010–2011)
  • Leones de Cartagena (2003–2015) → Leones de Montería (2008–2015) → Leones de Santa Marta (2015–2020)
  • Torices de Cartagena (1948–1988)
  • Indios de Cartagena (1948–2002)

Colombian baseball stadiums

Stadium City Capacity Home Team
1 Once de Noviembre Cartagena de Indias 12,000 Tigres de Cartagena-Indios de Cartagena
2 Estadio 20 de Enero Sincelejo 10,000 Toros de Sincelejo-Rancheros de Sincelejo
3 Estadio Edgar Renteria Barranquilla 8,000 Caimanes de Barranquilla - Eléctricos de Barranquilla - Vaqueros de Barranquilla
4 Estadio Luis Alberto Villegas Medellín 8,000 Potros de Medellín - Pumas de Antioquia
5 Miguel Chávez del Valle Cali 4,500 Azucareros del Valle
6 Estadio 18 de Junio Montería 4.500 Leones de Montería
7 Estadio Distrital Hermes Barros Cabas Bogotá 2,700 Águilas de Bogotá/Metropolitanos de Bogotá
8 Wellingwourth May San Andrés 2,000 Piratas de San Andrés
9 Rafael Naar Turbaco 1,200 None
10 Estadio Rafael Hernández Pardo Santa Marta - Tiburones de Santa Marta
11 Júlio Silva Bolaño Ciénaga 3,000 None
12 Luis Támara Samudio Tolú 1,000 None


1948 Indios de Cartagena
1949 Filtta de Barranquilla
1950 Indios de Cartagena
1951 Filtta de Barranquilla
1952 Indios de Cartagena
1953 Torices de Cartagena
1953–54 Torices de Cartagena
1954–55 Willard de Barranquilla
1955–56 Indios de Cartagena
1956–57 Kola Román de Cartagena
1957–58 Vanytor de Barranquilla
No professional baseball from 1958 to 1979
1979–80 Indios de Cartagena
1980–81 Indios de Cartagena
1981–82 Café Universal de Barranquilla
1982–83 Café Universal de Barranquilla
1983–84 Cerveza Aguila de Barranquilla
1984–85 Caimanes de Barranquilla
1987–88 Indios de Cartagena
No professional baseball from 1988 to 1993
1993–94 Caimanes de Barranquilla
1994–95 Rancheros de Sincelejo
1995–96 Tigres de Cartagena
1996–97 Rancheros de Sincelejo
1997–98 Caimanes de Barranquilla
1998–99 Caimanes de Barranquilla
1999–00 Vaqueros de Barranquilla
2000–01 Season cancelled due to financial concerns
2001–02 Eléctricos de Barranquilla
2002–03 Eléctricos de Barranquilla
2003–04 Tigres de Cartagena
2004–05 Tigres de Cartagena
205–06 Tigres de Cartagena
2006–07 Tigres de Cartagena
2007–08 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2008–09 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2009–10 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2010–11 Season cancelled due to cold weather
2011–12 Toros de Sincelejo
2012–13 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2013–14 Tigres de Cartagena
2014–15 Leones de Montería
2015–16 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2016–17 Leones de Montería
2017–18 Leones de Montería
2018–19 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2019–20 Vaqueros de Montería
2020–21 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2021–22 Caimanes de Barranquilla
2022-23 Vaqueros de Montería

Championships by team

Rank Team Wins Years
1 Caimanes de Barranquilla 12 1984–85, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2021–22
2 Indios 7 1948, 1950, 1952, 1955–56, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1987–88
3 Tigres de Cartagena 6 1995–96, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2013–14
4 Leones de Montería 3 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18
4 Vaqueros de Montería 3 1999–2000, 2016–17, 2022–23
5 Filtta de Barranquilla 2 1949, 1951
5 Willard de Barranquilla 2 1953, 1954–55
5 Café Universal de Barranquilla 2 1981–82, 1982–83
5 Rancheros de Sincelejo 2 1994–95, 1996–97
5 Eléctricos de Barranquilla 2 2001–02, 2002–03
10 Torices de Cartagena 1 1953–54
10 Kola Román de Cartagena 1 1956–57
10 Vanytor de Barranquilla 1 1957–58
10 Cerveza Aguila de Barranquilla 1 1983–84
10 Vaqueros de Barranquilla 1 1999–00
10 Toros de Sincelejo 1 2011–12


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