If you are going crazy without live baseball, the CPBL may help.
The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) is the top tier professional baseball league in Taiwan with four teams in this top division (Rakuten Monkeys, Chinatrust Brothers, Uni-President Lions and Fubon Guardians). The skill level in the CPBL is close to Double A here in the MiLB.
Their league started the season on April 11th… in empty stadiums filled with cardboard and mannequin fans, complete with a robot band! It is definitely interesting to watch, but honestly if you are a fan of baseball, you will get into the game and not even notice the empty stands.
Americans are able to watch the online streams for free. Weekday games start at 6:30 AM EST time, and weekend games start at 5:00 AM EST time.
Free Online Streams
- CTBC Brothers: Okay for overseas viewers
- Rakuten Monkeys: Okay for overseas viewers
- Fubon Guardians: Okay for overseas viewers
- Uni-Lions: Will update later, not sure at this stage
CPBL Stats has an amazing Quick Guide to the 2020 CPBL season that is perfect for anyone looking to get into the league.
It gives an overview of what to expect, rankings of teams, players and stories to follow for the season, as well as a list of foreign players with MLB and MiLB experience.