Tianjin Lions

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The Tianjin Lions or Tianjing Fierce Lions (天津雄狮) are a team in the China Baseball League, founded in 2002 as one of the league's four initial members. [1] Their home field is the 2,000-capacity Tian Ti Dodger Stadium in Tianjin.

China Baseball League

The China Baseball League was a professional baseball league under the administration of Chinese Baseball Association, founded in 2002. The league suspended operations in 2012 due to financial troubles after the 2011 season, but returned in 2014. The league folded for good in 2016.

Tianjin Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

Tianjin, formerly romanized as Tientsin, is a coastal metropolis in northern China and one of the nine national central cities of the People's Republic of China (PRC), with a total population of 15,621,200 as of 2016 estimation. Its built-up area, made up of 12 central districts, was home to 12,491,300 inhabitants in 2016 and is also the world's 29th-largest agglomeration and 11th municipality-most populous city proper.

The Lions have participated in every league championship series to date. They won league championships in 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2011; and were runners-up in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Their biggest rival is the Beijing Tigers, [2] having faced them in six CBL championships. They also represented CBL in the 2008 Asia Series.

The Beijing Tigers is one of the four charter teams in the China Baseball League. The Tigers played at the 5,000-capacity Beijing Fengtai Baseball Field until 2006, when the stadium was destroyed and rebuilt as the Fengtai Softball Field. Their stadium for the 2006 season was relocated to Lucheng, a rural area to the south of Beijing.

2008 Asia Series

The 2008 Asia Series was contested on November 13–16 by the champions of Nippon Professional Baseball's Japan Series, the Korea Baseball Organization's Korean Series, Chinese Professional Baseball League's Taiwan Series, and the championship of the China Baseball League of the People's Republic of China. In 2008, it was the first time that the champion of the China Baseball League participates in instead of the all-star team China Stars. The winning team will receive ¥50 million yen, the second place team will receive ¥30 million yen, and the other teams will receive ¥10 million yen each. All games were held in Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The Saitama Seibu Lions defeated the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions in the title game to win the championship for Japan. Outfielder Tomoaki Satoh was named the MVP of the series.

Notable players

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Zhang Zhenwang is a catcher in the New York Yankees organization. Zhang began his professional baseball career with the Tianjin Lions of the China Baseball League, leading them to the championship series in 2002, 2005 and 2006. He also was a member of the People's Republic of China National Team and participated in the 2006 World Baseball Classic

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Asia Series

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Wang Chao is a baseball player from the People's Republic of China. He became the first player from the People's Republic to sign with a Major League Baseball team when he signed with the Seattle Mariners as a pitcher on August 9, 2001. He played in the Rookie classification Arizona League before being released. He returned to China, converted to an outfielder and now plays with the Tianjin Lions of the China Baseball League. He also plays outfield for the national team of the People's Republic of China.

The 2007 China Baseball League season saw the Tianjin Lions defeat the Guangdong Leopards in 3 games to 1 to win the Championship Series.

Lü Jiangang is a Chinese baseball player who was a member of Team China at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He was the winning pitcher against Chinese Taipei, that was the Chinese Team's only win from the Olympics. He also pitched for China at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He beat Chinese Taipei again in this tournament.

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Tianjin Bohai Bank Volleyball Club is a professional women's volleyball club based in Tianjin that plays in the Chinese Volleyball League.

The 2011 Asia Series was the fifth time the Asia Series has been held, and the first after a two-year break. The tournament was held in Taiwan, the first time it has been held outside Japan. Though originally scheduled to commence on 11 November, the tournament was postponed by two weeks to allow for the delayed finish to the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) season due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The new schedule has the opening games to be played on 25 November, and the championship game concluded the tournament on 29 November.

The 2011 China Baseball League season saw the Tianjin Lions defeat the Guangdong Leopards in 3 games to 1 to win the Championship Series.

The 2006 China Baseball League season saw the Tianjin Lions defeat the Guangdong Leopards in 3 games to win the Championship Series.

The 2005 China Baseball League season saw the Beijing Tigers defeat the Tianjin Lions in 2 games to win the Championship Series.

The 2014 China Baseball League season was severely truncated, after being twice delayed, with each team only playing two three-game series before the finals between the top-ranked sides. The Tianjin Lions defeated the Beijing Tigers 2 games to 1 to win the championship.

Li Xin is a Chinese baseball pitcher who plays with the Tianjin Lions in the China Baseball League.

References

  1. "National Baseball League Newcomers". China Daily . 2005-03-30.
  2. Connor, Joe (17 Jan 2006). "Welcome to China". ESPN.