MLB Barometer: Intro to the Chinese Pro League

MLB Barometer: Intro to the Chinese Pro League

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

With MLB news still limited to an agonizingly slow trickle, I thought it best to use this space this week on a PSA for sports-starved fans: there is live professional baseball going on now, and it's actually quite good.

The Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan began its regular season in mid-April in front of empty stadiums and has taken advantage of its status as the only active professional baseball league in the world by offering free English-language streams over Twitter. (Links for where to watch games can be found here.) Games are played at 5 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. EDT, a difficult proposition even for seasoned American fans of European soccer who are used to early morning games, but the streams have been available to watch on a delay later in the day.

While watching a foreign league won't give you the thrill of watching your favorite teams or let you follow your top fantasy picks (though we now offer game previews for contests held on India-based daily fantasy site Dream11), it's certainly gone a long way toward scratching the itch for me as a baseball fan. Within one hour of checking out my first CPBL game, I heard "We Will Rock You" blasting over the stadium speakers and got to listen to an announcer ranting against bunts. What more can you ask for?

Here are the basics of the league for those looking to quickly get up to speed and satisfy their need for baseball until the

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only MLB Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire MLB fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire. He also covers KBO, NPB and CPBL daily fantasy contests.
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
Bernie on the Scene: Players Who Concern Me
Bernie on the Scene: Players Who Concern Me
NL FAAB Factor: Early July Update
NL FAAB Factor: Early July Update
AL FAAB Factor: Early July Update
AL FAAB Factor: Early July Update