Tag Archives: Baseball in Taiwan

Live Baseball? The CPBL is Playing!

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.

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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

 

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.

To check out this Quick Guide please go to:
QUICK GUIDE TO THE 2020 CPBL SEASON 

Chinese Pro Baseball League Looking For Pitchers

One of my overseas contacts recently emailed me inquiring about pitchers.

The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) is looking for a few foreign pitchers to complete their rosters.

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The CPBL, established in 1989, is the top-tier pro baseball league in Taiwan. The league has four different teams and averages about 6,000 fans each game. The regular season, which started in March, consists of 120 games (split into 60 games each half).

It is often hard for a foreign player to break into the CPBL due to roster rules.  A team cannot have more than four foreign players and only three of the four are allowed to be on the active major league roster at any time; However, the other player will still be allowed to practice with the team or play with their minor league team. Foreign positions are normally filled by AA, AAA, or Japanese minor leaguers.

The typical monthly salary for a foreign player in the CPBL is anywhere between $5,000-$12,000 USD with housing being provided.

Any pitchers seriously interested in playing in the CPBL should be throwing at least 90 mph, have good stamina, and have a good personality.

Any pitcher interested should contact Fujitsuka Takumi at either:

fujitsukatrading@yahoo.co.jp or info@worldstagebaseball.com