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