- China Baseball League
China Baseball League (CBL) Sport Baseball Founded 2002 No. of teams 7 Country(ies) China Continent Asia Most recent champion(s) Tianjin Lions (5th title) Most titles Tianjin Lions (5 titles) Official website www.cbl.org.cn
Division Team Location Stadium West/North Beijing Tigers (北京猛虎) Beijing Lucheng Field Sichuan Dragons (四川蛟龙) Chengdu, Sichuan Jinniu Stadium Tianjin Lions (天津雄狮) Tianjin Tian Ti Dodger Stadium East/South Guangdong Leopards (广东猎豹) Guangzhou, Guangdong Zhongshan Stadium Jiangsu Hopestars (江苏希望之星) Wuxi, Jiangsu Wuxi Baseball Stadium Shanghai Golden Eagles (上海金鹰) Shanghai Shanghai Sports Palace Henan Elephants (河南吉象) Zhengzhou, Henan Henan Ball Games Administration Center Baseball Field
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 an expansion team in 2009.
The first season ran from April 26 to May 25, 2002 with a one-game championship.
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 SARS.)
Year Winner Games Runner-up Games 2002 Tianjin Lions 1 Beijing Tigers 0 2003 Beijing Tigers 3 Tianjin Lions 2 2004 Beijing Tigers 3 Tianjin Lions 2 2005 Beijing Tigers 2 Tianjin Lions 0 2006 Tianjin Lions 3 Guangdong Leopards 0 2007 Tianjin Lions 3 Guangdong Leopards 1 2008 Tianjin Lions 3 Beijing Tigers 0 2009 Beijing Tigers 1 Guangdong Leopards 0 2010 Guangdong Leopards 2 Beijing Tigers 0 2011 Tianjin Lions 3 Guangdong Leopards 1
Partnership with 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. 
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- Baseball awards#China (People's Republic of China): Chinese Baseball Association
- Official site (in Chinese)
- National baseball league newcomers
- VOA: MLB, China Baseball League Team to Tour China
- Opening day 2005 image gallery
- Shanghai Diaries: In Search of Baseball's Yao Ming (November 30, 2004)
- First season 2002
- 2004 championship
- 2004 championship
- MLB.com article on baseball in China, July 2005
- Base Beginnings: The China Baseball League makes a pitch for popularity (June 14, 2005)
- China's Slow Emergence into Baseball, Part I (February 28, 2008)
- Fastball to Nowhere (December 19, 2008)
China Baseball League Teams Seasons See also Professional baseball leagues Americas Major MinorTriple-A: International League · Pacific Coast League
Independent Triple-A: Mexican League
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Class A: Midwest League · South Atlantic League
Class A Short-Season: New York – Penn League · Northwest League
Rookie: Appalachian League · Arizona League · Dominican Summer League · Gulf Coast League · Pioneer League · Venezuelan Summer League
Independent Off-season Asia ChinaMajor: China Baseball League Japan South KoreaMajor: Korea Professional Baseball
Minor: Korea Baseball Futures League
Taiwan Europe ItalyMajor: Italian Baseball League 1D
Minor: Italian Baseball League 2D
Netherlands Oceania AustraliaMLB Affiliated: Australian Baseball League Inter-league and Professional National Team Championships
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