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Golden Baseball League
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Golden Baseball League logo

Sport Baseball
Founded 2004
No. of teams 6 (as of November 2010)
Country(ies) United States
Canada
Mexico
Most recent champion(s) Chico Outlaws
Most titles Chico Outlaws (2)
Official website www.goldenbaseball.com

The Golden Baseball League, based in San Ramon, California, is a professional independent baseball league with teams in the western United States, western Canada and Mexico.

The GBL is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or the organized Minor League Baseball system, but has featured players with MLB experience (Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Alex Arias, Bud Smith, Desi Wilson, Jose Lima, Hideki Irabu, Junior Spivey, Mark Prior) as well as many young players who hope to reach the majors. It was formed in 2004 and began play on May 26, 2005. The GBL has a drug-testing policy that has the same standards as the Olympics, becoming the first baseball league to do so in North America.[1]

As an independent baseball league, the GBL exists to give professional baseball players who are not currently under contract with a Major or Minor League organization another chance at playing at the professional level. Officials in the baseball industry have stated the GBL level of play to be at the Double-A level.[2] Over 100 players have been sold to MLB organizations since it began play, with five players already making it to a major league uniform – Adam Pettyjohn, Scott Richmond, Chris Jakubauskas, Sergio Romo and Daniel Nava.

The GBL's presenting partner is Safeway Inc. Other investors in the GBL previously included Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak,[3] former National Football League players Mike Sherrard and Christian Okoye, and executives from Cisco Systems, Taleo and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.[4]

The Golden Baseball League has announced a plan to combine with United League Baseball and the Northern League into a new North American League for the 2011 season to form the first nationwide independent professional baseball league. [3]



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