Probeis
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SportBaseball
Founded2001
CEOGuy Nacchio
DirectorLauren Flores
No. of teams3
CountryPanama
Most recent
champion(s)
Astronautas de Los Santos (1st title)
TV partner(s)Sertv
Sponsor(s)+Movil
Related
competitions
Caribbean Series

The Panamanian Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Béisbol Profesional de Panamá), currently known as Probeis, is a professional baseball winter league consisting of three teams based in Panama. The league's winner takes part in the Caribbean Series.

History

Founded in 1946, the PPBL joined Organized Baseball in 1948 and operated continuously until 1972.[1]
A new Panamanian baseball league started the 2001–02 season as Probeis (Liga Profesional de Béisbol de Panamá), but it lasted that season only. By 2010, Los Angeles Dodgers related businessmen restarted the league as LPB (Professional Baseball League), but had poor logistics and operations lasted only one season.
In 2011 Probeis made its second run since 2001.

1948–60

Seasons Clubs
    1948–49    
through
1952–53
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveceria Nacional
  Chesterfield Smokers  
Spur Cola Colonites
    1953–54    
through
1955–56
Carta Vieja Yankees
  Chesterfield Smokers  
Spur Cola Colonites
    1956–57    
through
1957–58
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
   Chesterfield Smokers   
1958–59 Coclé Azucareros
Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
Marlboro Smokers
1959–60 Carta Vieja Yankees
Cerveza Balboa
Comercios Dodgers
Marlboro Smokers[2]

Champion teams

    Season    
   Club   
1948–49 Spur Cola
1949–50 Carta Vieja
1950–51 Spur Cola (2)
1951–52 Carta Vieja (2)
1952–53 Chesterfield
1953–54 Carta Vieja (3)
1954–55 Carta Vieja (4)
1955–56 Chesterfield (2)
1956–57 Balboa
1957–58 Carta Vieja (5)
1958–59 Coclé
1959–60 Marlboro[2]

Notes

Carta Vieja Yankees

The league's champion team played in the Caribbean Series in its first stage from 1949 through 1960, before Fidel Castro dismantled the Cuban Winter League and replaced it with a new amateur circuit.

The Carta Vieja Yankees, one of the most distinguished clubs in the circuit, won five titles spanning 1950–58 and also captured the 1950 Caribbean Series, to become the only Panamanian team to a win a Series championship in the 20th Century.[2][3]

Throughout its 12-year history, the team featured players as Wayne Blackburn, Chet Brewer, Webbo Clarke, Jim Cronin, Jerry Davie, Carl Duser, Marion Fricano, Milt Graff, Bill Harris, Spook Jacobs, Connie Johnson, Spider Jorgensen, Héctor López, Bobby Prescott, Humberto Robinson, Jean-Pierre Roy, Pat Scantlebury, Billy Shantz, Joe Tuminelli and Jim Umbricht, among others.[2]

Probeis

2001–02

Four teams participated during the 2001–02 season: Canaleros de Panamá, Macheteros de Azuero, Roneros de Carta Vieja and Tiburones Atlas de Panamá Oeste. Carta Vieja was the champion team, while Olmedo Sáenz won the batting title (.331) and Miguel Gómez was the best pitcher (5-0).[4][5]

2011-12

Roneros Carta Vieja won their second Probeis title.[6][7]

2012-13

Caballos de Coclé won first title and Javier Castillo was selected as MVP with 0.397 Avg.
Caballos de Coclé as champion represented Panama in the first Serie Latinoamericana held in Veracruz, Mexico, reaching third place.[8]
Industriales de Herrera replaced Diablicos de Azuero for the 2012 tournament.[9][10]

Teams for 2021-2022 season

    Team name    
   City   
   Stadium   
Astronautas Los Santos Estadio Roberto “Flaco Bala” Hernández
Aguilas Metropolitanas Panamá Estadio Nacional de Panamá
Federales Chiriquí Estadio Kenny Sarracín

2022 Caribbean Series roster

Panama 2022 Caribbean Series Roster
Players Coaches

Pitchers

  •    Panama Harold Araúz
  •    United States Miguel Cienfuegos
  •    Dominican Republic Manny Correa
  •    Panama Randall Delgado
  •    Panama Severino González
  •    Dominican Republic Euclides Leyer
  •    Dominican Republic Elvin Liriano
  •    Panama José Molina
  •    Panama Wilfredo Pereira
  •    Panama Luis Ramos
  •    Dominican Republic Eduardo Rivera
  •    Panama Davis Romero
  •    Panama Abdiel Saldana
  •    Panama Ernesto Silva
  •    Dominican Republic Manuel Soliman

[1] updated on 27 January 2022

Catchers

Infielders

  •    Panama José Caballero
  •    Venezuela Edgardo Fermín
  •    United States Trey Hair
  •    Panama Iván Herrera
  •    Panama Xavier Quiroz
  •    Panama Eduardo Thomas

Outfielders

  •    Venezuela Daniel Jiménez
  •    Panama Edgar Muñoz
  •    Panama Rodrigo Orozco
  •    Dominican Republic Olmo Rosario
  •    Panama Jhohnny Santos

Manager

  •    Panama Raúl Domínguez

Coaches

Champion teams

    Season    
   Club   
2001–02 Roneros de Carta Vieja
2011–12 Roneros de Chiriquí
2012–13 Caballos de Coclé
2013–14 Indios de Urracá
2014–15 Caballos de Coclé
2015–16 Nacionales de Panamá
2016–17 Panamá Metro
2017–18 Caballos de Coclé
2018–19 Toros de Herrera
2019–20 Astronautas de Chiriquí
2020–21 cancelled (Covid-19)
2021–22 Astronautas de Los Santos

LPB 2010

In 2010, Major League Baseball authorized Augusto Ávila Penabad and Rafael Ávila (at the time a vice president with the Los Angeles Dodgers) to run a new winter professional baseball league. The Liga Profesional de Beisbol or known as LPB started under the sponsorship of Claro with four teams: Los Santos, Herrera, Veraguas and Panama. The league lasted only one season due to poor logistics, economics and no support from main TV stations. Only UHF RCM Television bought the TV rights.
Season ran from December 12, 2009 until February 15, 2010.[11]

References

  1. ^ The Rise of the Latin American Baseball Leagues, 1947–1961 - Lou Hernandez. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2011. Format: Softcover, 412 pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-6384-8
  2. ^ a b c d e The Rise of the Latin American Baseball Leagues
  3. ^ Carta Vieja, Rey del Caribe Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish)
  4. ^ "Sports&Health Magazine – La llama del béisbol profesional en Panamá vuelve a brillar con el torneo PROBEIS". (Spanish)
  5. ^ Diamonds around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball – Peter C. Bjarkman. Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005. Format: Hardcover, 656 pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-3133-2268-6
  6. ^ 2011 Probeis Rosters Archived 2013-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ 2011 Final Game
  8. ^ es:Serie Latinoamericana 2013
  9. ^ Probeis Teams 2012
  10. ^ Probeis 2012
  11. ^ LPB 2010 Info