Overseas baseball is back!

theapportioner

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Here's a link to stream some games

 

Tokyo Sox

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Yes, Kevin Chen is the answer to the trivia question, who hit the first regular season home run in pro baseball in 2020?

A couple of the games also featured mannequin and robot fans dressed in home team shirts.
 

SydneySox

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I'm a Uni-President 7-11 Lions guy, myself. Got my Boof Bonser jersey.

We hold the records as the team with the most wins, home runs, and Taiwan Series titles throughout its history. So, basically, come at us, bros.

I hate the Elephants! Boo the Elephants. We have a long lasting rivalry going back to 1993.

Fucking Elephant jerks.
 

Awesome Fossum

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I'm partial to the Monkeys only for their brilliant cardboard fans idea:

View: https://twitter.com/GOCPBL/status/1248192690124025857


Cardboard fans are coming to Rakuten Monkeys' home games! For roughly $200 USD, fans (group of 4) can submit their photos and have their cardboard cutouts to appear in the stands. According to the team, the new cardboard fans will make their #CPBL debut on April 17.
 

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Monkeys win in the bottom of the twelfth inning on a walkoff home run, and friends, I clapped my hands and yelled when he hit it.
 

Mugsy's Jock

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Me, I've been a fan of the Brothers Elephants since attending a game there a few years ago. Deeply recommend signing up for their Facebook site to receive game updates, which when Google-translated to English are super-entertaining...
⚾ in one round, huang enzheng gao guo hui to solve the crisis of losing points in one round
https://youtu.be/dFpPoO0gvco
 
⚾ in the first game, Wang Weichen is far-reaching, easy to stand on second base.
https://youtu.be/khJ0irW2eHw
 
⚾ fubon failed to run tactics in the second round, Zhe Lin was stabbed on second base
https://youtu.be/aNsp_k3jm8A
 
⚾ in the second round, gao yujie's far-reaching high flying ball, sending his teammates to the rd base
https://youtu.be/Bgu-Z6ZdKjM
 
⚾ under the third round, stealing and fight, no one in ccitic is out to take the second third base
https://youtu.be/SGsw4JnnIcI
 
⚾ in three games, su weida knocked out rolling earth, the wild man chose to catch second base runner, citic strikes to catch the equals
https://youtu.be/a0jYBZ22jwk
Also so weird to see cheerleaders perform without any fans there. Entertaining...but weird.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHAGdGSHRnk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2eIg5q25L6n-OatQqcU2-n3NSZ3YqXwZ8cT5JWmp41-D-CtjIbAkFfJAU
 
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The Gray Eagle

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Thanks for these links! Fun stuff.
I'm a little disappointed that they let the hitters step out of the box after every pitch, just like MLB. I was hoping they'd play faster. But still fun to watch some baseball.
 

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The cradle of the game.
If the COVID-caused pause of MLB somehow leads to 30 MLB teams incorporating cheerleaders into the fan experience, it may damn well be worth the wait.

My mind's eye sees loooong red stockings...
 

staz

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The cradle of the game.
Final: Monkeys 12 Guardians 9

Pretty slick production, replay reviews, etc. No fans, everyone wearing masks except players, managers and umps.

30112
 

oumbi

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Merch? Here is one place to start. Build your own collection of Monkey gear!


Heck, there is even an official Rakuten Monkey merchandise "monkey shop" for all your Monkey needs.

 

Awesome Fossum

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Update on KBO potentially landing on ESPN:

Spoke to a couple of sources re: #KBO on #ESPN. They said ESPN, in addition to asking for free rights, wanted to do monthly deals. ESPN's plan was to go month by month and then drop KBO altogether when/if MLB resumed. There was feeling of being disrespected at KBO, I'm told
View: https://twitter.com/Jeeho_1/status/1253234413837549572


Thanks, ESPN. Definitely the time to be low-balling the only live sports leagues on earth.

CPBL Twitter streams should be returning first week of May, I believe. The Guardians will be having their home games streamed in addition to the Monkeys.
 

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Two former big leaguers going against each other now on an English-language broadcast: Esmil Rogers for the ChinaTrust Brothers and Henry Sosa for the Guardians (ok, calling Sosa a big leaguer is somewhat misleading). In addition to the Manny Ramirez connection and Che-Hsuan Lin, Fubon also has Chih-Hsien Chiang playing third. They seem to be struggling out the gate here a bit, but if you're a Sox fan looking for a team to follow, seems like the Guardians should be the one.

View: https://twitter.com/FubonGuardians/status/1253896516131061763
 

Orel Miraculous

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And Lin just blasted a homer to left to make it 3-1 Brothers. Lin's hitting third and playing CF and seems to be doing really well over there. He was outstanding in 2016, hitting 22 homers with a 1.004 OPS, and he's slashing 314/423/500 so far this year.
 

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KBO to ESPN seems to be gaining momentum:

The U.S. sports media giant ESPN is nearing a deal to broadcast South Korean baseball games to its American audience this season, an industry source told Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

The source, who requested anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized as of Monday afternoon, said ESPN could air multiple Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) games per week. The exact duration of the deal and proposed financial terms weren't immediately clear.