Baseball in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Professional Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1951
No. of teams 6
Country Dominican Republic
Most recent champion(s) Leones del Escogido
Official website lidom.com

The Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (Spanish: Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana) or LIDOM by its acronym in Spanish, is a winter professional baseball league consisting of six teams spread across the Dominican Republic; it is the top baseball league in that country. The league's players include many from Major League Baseball, and the Dominican league's champion plays each year in the Caribbean Series.

Each team plays a fifty-game round-robin schedule that begins at the middle of October and runs to the end of December. The top four teams engage in another round-robin schedule with 18 games per team from the end of December to the end of January; the top two teams in those standings then play a best-of-nine series for the national title. The league's champion advances to the Caribbean Series to play against the representatives from Mexico, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.[1]

Teams

Team City Stadium Capacity
Águilas Cibaeñas Santiago Estadio Cibao 18,077
Estrellas Orientales San Pedro de Macorís Estadio Tetelo Vargas 8,000
Indios del Cibao (Gigantes del Cibao) San Francisco de Macorís Estadio Julián Javier 12,000
Leones del Escogido Santo Domingo Estadio Quisqueya 16,500
Tigres del Licey Santo Domingo Estadio Quisqueya 16,500
Toros del Este La Romana Estadio Francisco Micheli 8,838

Former teams

  • Caimanes del Sur (San Cristóbal) 1983-1989
  • Delfines del Atlántico (Puerto Plata) (This team did not play and was never officially in the league)
  • Pollos del Cibao / Pollos Nacionales / Pollos Béisbol Club (San Francisco de Macorís, from 1999-2002, previously Gigantes del Nordeste and Gigantes del Cibao, currently Indios del Cibao

History

Baseball was introduced in the Caribbean in 1866 by Cuban students, including Ernesto and Nemesio Guilló, returning from their studies in the United States. Early exchanges between Cuban players and sailors loading sugar in the then Spanish colony of Cuba helped foment enthusiasm for the game. ..[2] Eight years later, in 1874, the first organized game of baseball was played between Cuban teams.

In the years to come it would be Cuba that spread baseball throughout the Caribbean. When the Ten Years' War (1868-1878) in Cuba brought turmoil to the colony, many Cubans fled their country and migrated to the Dominican Republic, bringing baseball with them. In the 1920s the Dominicans began to play against neighboring countries.

Founding teams

In the early 1900s, four Dominican teams formed. These teams still exist today, and form the foundation of Dominican professional baseball:

  • Tigres del Licey (1907)
  • Estrellas Orientales (1911)
  • Leones del Escogido (1921)
  • Sandino, later renamed Águilas Cibaeñas (1937)

Championship history

Season Champion Manager Runner-up
1922 Leones del Escogido Luis Alfau Tigres del Licey
1923 Incomplete season
1924 Tigres del Licey Charles A. Dore Leones del Escogido
1929 Tigres del Licey Charles A. Dore Leones del Escogido
1936 Estrellas Orientales Enrique Mejía Tigres del Licey
1937 Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo Lázaro Salazar Aguilas Cibaeñas
LIDOM
Season Champion Manager Runner-up
1951 Tigres del Licey Félix Delgado Leones del Escogido
1952 Águilas Cibaeñas Rodolfo Fernández Tigres del Licey
1953 Tigres del Licey Oscar Rodríguez Águilas Cibaeñas
1954 Estrellas Orientales Ramón Bragaña Tigres del Licey
1955-56 Leones del Escogido Frank Genovese Águilas Cibaeñas
1956-57 Leones del Escogido Red Davis Tigres del Licey
1957-58 Leones del Escogido Salty Parker Estrellas Orientales
1958-59 Tigres del Licey Joe Schultz Leones del Escogido
1959-60 Leones del Escogido Pete Reiser Estrellas Orientales
1960-61 Leones del Escogido Pepe Lucas Águilas Cibaeñas
1961-62 Incomplete season
1962-63 No season
1963-64 Tigres del Licey Vernon Benson Águilas Cibaeñas
1964-65 Águilas Cibaeñas Al Widmar Leones del Escogido
1965-66 No season
1966-67 Águilas Cibaeñas Pete Peterson Leones del Escogido
1967-68 Estrellas Orientales Tony Pacheco Leones del Escogido
1968-69 Leones del Escogido Andy Gilbert Estrellas Orientales
1969-70 Tigres del Licey Billy Muffet Águilas Cibaeñas
1970-71 Tigres del Licey Fred Hatfield Leones del Escogido
1971-72 Águilas Cibaeñas Ozzie Virgil Tigres del Licey
1972-73 Tigres del Licey Tom Lasorda Estrellas Orientales
1973-74 Tigres del Licey Tom Lasorda Águilas Cibaeñas
1974-75 Águilas Cibaeñas Al Widmar Estrellas Orientales
1975-76 Águilas Cibaeñas Tim Murtaugh Tigres del Licey
1976-77 Tigres del Licey Buck Rodgers Águilas Cibaeñas
1977-78 Águilas Cibaeñas Johnny Lipon Tigres del Licey
1978-79 Águilas Cibaeñas Johnny Lipon Leones del Escogido
1979-80 Tigres del Licey Del Crandall Estrellas Orientales
1980-81 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Águilas Cibaeñas
1981-82 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Estrellas Orientales
1982-83 Tigres del Licey Manny Mota Águilas Cibaeñas
1983-84 Tigres del Licey Manny Mota Águilas Cibaeñas
1984-85 Tigres del Licey Terry Collins Azucareros del Este
1985-86 Águilas Cibaeñas Winston Llenas Tigres del Licey
1986-87 Águilas Cibaeñas Winston Llenas Estrellas Orientales
1987-88 Leones del Escogido Phil Regan Estrellas Orientales
1988-89 Leones del Escogido Phil Regan Tigres del Licey
1989-90 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Águilas Cibaeñas
1990-91 Tigres del Licey John Roseboro Leones del Escogido
1991-92 Leones del Escogido Felipe Rojas Alou Estrellas Orientales
1992-93 Águilas Cibaeñas Miguel Diloné Azucareros del Este
1993-94 Tigres del Licey Casey Parsons Águilas Cibaeñas
1994-95 Azucareros del Este Art Howe Águilas Cibaeñas
1995-96 Águilas Cibaeñas Terry Francona Estrellas Orientales
1996-97 Águilas Cibaeñas Mike Quade Leones del Escogido
1997-98 Águilas Cibaeñas Tony Peña Tigres del Licey
1998-99 Tigres del Licey Dave Jauss Leones del Escogido
1999-00 Águilas Cibaeñas Tony Peña Estrellas Orientales
2000-01 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Leones del Escogido
2001-02 Tigres del Licey Bob Geren Águilas Cibaeñas
2002-03 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Leones del Escogido
2003-04 Tigres del Licey Manny Acta Gigantes del Cibao
2004-05 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Tigres del Licey
2005-06 Tigres del Licey Rafael Landestoy Águilas Cibaeñas
2006-07 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Tigres del Licey
2007-08 Águilas Cibaeñas Félix Fermín Tigres del Licey
2008-09 Tigres del Licey José Offerman Gigantes del Cibao
2009-10 Leones del Escogido Ken Oberkfell Gigantes del Cibao
2010-11 Toros del Este Dean Treanor Estrellas Orientales
2011-12 Leones del Escogido Ken Oberkfell Águilas Cibaeñas
2012-13 Leones del Escogido Audo Vicente Águilas Cibaeñas
Team Championships
Tigres del Licey 20 (2)*
Águilas Cibaeñas 20
Leones del Escogido 15 (1)*
Estrellas Orientales 2 (1)*
Toros del Este 2
Gigantes del Cibao 0
Caimanes del Sur 0
Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo 0 (1)*

*Championships won before LIDOM (1951)

See also

References

External links

  • About Dominican Republic Baseball
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