Tuesday, October 21, 2014

China Baseball League Opening Weekend Results, Charity Work and More!

Hey Everyone, It's been a while! I know, I know....sorry for the lack of update, but I finally found some time to post. There's a lot of baseball news to talk about!

CBL Opening Weekend
After being delayed twice, the league finally started last week. Here are the results of the first six game and some opening day photos from their official Weibo account.


North
Beijing Tigers (3-0)
Jiangsu Pegasus (0-3)
10/18/14
8
2
10/19/14
10
4
10/20/14
6
4
South
Tianjin Lions (3-0)
Guangdong Leopards (0-3)
10/18/14
6
1
10/19/14
9
3
10/20/14
15
1


Image Credit: CBL

Image Credit: CBL

Image Credit: CBL
Sorry for the crappy chart, I had a tough time going through their micro-blogging website to look for the results. Since there isn't an official website, it doesn't seem like there's any official box score or anything. I would appreciate if anyone found anything!

Anyway, it looks like the Beijing Tigers and the Tianjin Lions will face off for the championship once again. The two powerhouse swept their opponents and will probably do the same thing again next week. The attendance looked great during the first day, but a lot of empty seats after that. Also, there weren't a lot of news about CBL. My guess is that no one really knows how to cover the sport there or it's just no one cares about baseball (yet!). Anyway, I'm very optimistic that the league is back, and hopeful that better things will come in Chinese baseball world. After all, their slogan for this year is "Fighting for Home", welcoming back all the baseball enthusiast in China. 加油!

Speaking of good coverage, the CBL affiliated themselves with the New Sunshine Children's Palliative Care Fund, which raises awareness of children with leukemia. The players wrapped a yellow ribbon around their wrist representing their support. I always thought MLB affiliating themselves with cancer victims made the sport more family oriented. I hope more and more people in China will see the same thing with baseball!

Other Baseball Stuff!
In other news, remember the kid who won the baseball reality show in China? Here's the coverage about it. I don't find it significant at all because the media cares more about Tong Xuan Yi (cute celebrity chick) more than the kid, but hey pictures!

It looks like Korean sensation Jung-Ho Kang might be coming to the Major Leagues next year. The shortstop batted .360 this year with 38 homeruns! He will be posted by his KBO team Nexen Heroes. Whoever bids the highest wins the right to negotiate a contract with him. Good luck Jung Ho!

Anyway, that's about it for now. The World Series starts today between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants! It's a great time to be a baseball fan! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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