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Kansai Independent Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 2009
No. of teams 4
Country Template:JPN
Current champions Kobe 9 Cruise
Official website KIBL Official site

The Kansai Independent Baseball League (関西独立リーグ Kansai Dokuritsu Rīgu?) is a professional baseball league in Japan. Its debut season was in 2009.

The league's activities became public in 2008. Plans to form the league were announced at a press conference on March 6. On July 30, the names of the four teams were released.

The league held its first draft on November 16. Kobe made history, selecting 16-year-old Eri Yoshida to be the first female in an otherwise all-male league. Yoshida made her professional debut at the Osaka Dome in the opening game of the KIBL on March 26, 2009 before 11,592 fans. Yoshida faced two batters, walking the first and striking-out the second in a 5-0 win over the Osaka Gold Villicanes.

Teams Edit

The league has five teams.

Team Founded City
Kishu Rangers (紀州レンジャーズ) 2009 Wakayama, Wakayama
Seoul Haechi (ソウル・ヘチ) 2010 Osaka
Hyogo Blue Sandars (兵庫ブルーサンダーズ) 2011 Sanda, Hyōgo
Osaka Hawks Dream (大阪ホークスドリーム) 2011 Osaka
Kobe Suns (神戸サンズ) 2011 Kobe and Awaji Island, Hyōgo

Championship historyEdit

Year Winner
2009 Osaka Gold Villicanes
2010 Kobe 9 Cruise
2011 Hyogo Blue Sandars

Dormant franchisesEdit

Former franchisesEdit

Most Successful clubsEdit

Team Champions Winning Seasons
Kishu Rangers 0
Seoul Haechi 0
Hyogo Blue Sandars 1 2011
Osaka Hawks Dream 0
Kobe Suns 0

ReferencesEdit

  • This article incorporates information translated from 関西独立リーグ (Kansai Dokuritsu League) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on November 17, 2008.

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