Hawaii Winter Baseball

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Hawaii Winter Baseball
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Hawaii Winter Baseball logo
Sport Baseball
Founded1993
Ceased2008
No. of teams4
Country  United States
Last
champion(s)
North Shore Honu
Official website www.hawaiiwinterbaseball.com

Hawaii Winter Baseball (HWB), based in Honolulu, Hawaii, was a professional baseball league located on the Hawaiian islands. It was loosely affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB).

History

The HWB league first began play in 1993. Funded by Major League Baseball, the league drew players from the MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball, the Korea Baseball Organization, and independent leagues. Games were played in Hawaii from October to December. The HWB league first folded after the 1997 season as it was too heavily reliant on its limited funding from MLB.

In 2006, the league returned for its sixth season. It was the only winter league to feature both top Japanese and American talent. However, this new league folded following the 2008 season when the contract with MLB expired. [1]

Alumni

Source: [2] [3]

2006-2008 Teams

East
Team City Stadium
Honolulu Sharks Honolulu, Hawaii Les Murakami Stadium
Waikiki BeachBoys
West
Team City Stadium
North Shore Honu Waipahu, Hawaii Hans L'Orange Field
West Oahu CaneFires

Former teams

The Kaneohe Bay Dawgs and Kona Man O'Wars were announced in August 1996 as expansions teams to begin play in 1997. [4] The Kaneohe announcement was rescinded in October 1996, [5] and Kona did not play in 1997. [6]

Champions

References

  1. ^ Goldstein, Kevin (December 16, 2008). "Aloha, Hawaii Winter Baseball". Baseball Prospectus. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Galdeira, Kyle (March 13, 2007). "Alumni News and Information". hawaiiwinterbaseball.com. Hawaii Winter Baseball. Archived from the original on January 18, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hawaii Winter Baseball Alumni". hawaiiwinterbaseball.com. Hawaii Winter Baseball. Archived from the original on August 27, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Luis, Cindy (August 8, 1996). "Hawaii Winter League unveils two new teams". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Luis, Cindy (October 22, 1996). "Keeping Score". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  6. ^ Chase, Al (October 9, 1997). "Hawaii Winter Baseball opens season tomorrow". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 6, 2020.

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