I don’t know about you, but I spent a good chunk of my Friday morning watching an extra-innings baseball game. And if your first response was “But, Ashley, there’s no baseball right now!” well, I have delightful news for you.
The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) has begun broadcasting some of its games on Twitter live streams with English-speaking announcers. As of last week it seemed to largely be the Taiwan-based Rakuten Monkeys whose home games were being shown. For those in North America it scratched a much-needed baseball itch while also giving us a glimpse of what MLB play might look like this year: empty stadiums, robot fans.
But with irreverent announcers and some pretty solid quality managerial moves on the field, it was exactly what this baseball fan needed. ESPN apparently agrees, because according to a Yonhap News Agency artile by Yoo Jee-ho, the US broadcasters have been trying to get broadcast rights for KBO (the South Korean baseball league) games.
Yes, please. Al will have more on the CPBL at 9 a.m. CT.
- While not related to live sports events, if you’ve been bitten by the CPBL and KBO baseball high and are also keen to binge-watch more TV, there’s a fun baseball-themed K-drama you can stream in North America on Viki. (First 2 eps are free, then there’s a free week trial)
- Speaking of the KBO, Jay Jaffe looks at how the Korean league is gearing up for play.
- Similarly, Jorge Castillo brings us a look at how the CPBL have begun to play in Taiwan.
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- Jonathan Gamble looks at whether or not Twins star Max Kepler might become the best European-born player of all time.
- At The Athletic, Andrew Baggarly looks at the history of Sunday Night Baseball. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Baseball isn’t huge in Europe, but in Italy there are some die-hard Red Sox fans, in a piece by Steve Bulpett.
- Barry Bloom reports that the Hall of Fame induction ceremony may be moved, but no decisions will be made until next month.
- Speaking of the Hall of Fame, which players chances for inclusion might be hurt if the 2020 season is cancelled?
- Twins’ “Homer Hankies” are being repurposed into face masks.
- Susan Slusser has possibly the most disgusting article topic of the week as she reveals just how much spit baseball players are regularly swapping in games.
- Fergie Jenkins shared the trade paperwork that brought him to the Cubs.
- Doug Glanville would like to remind us that the whole sign-stealing debacle is still an issue that needs to be dealt with. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- The new Texas Rangers stadium is now open to locally-based players for training, according to Jeff Wilson.
- For SI.com Howard Cole brings us an awesome look into the beautiful baseball art of Graig Kreindler.
- Joey Gallo is not amused by MLB The Show:
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.