Sunday, October 5, 2014

China Baseball League Starts in 2 Weeks!


As I mentioned before, the Chinese Baseball League 2014 season will be returning this year after being delayed up it's poop shack. It will be the first professional baseball game played in China since 2011 when the league folded due to financial troubles. The official website of China Baseball Association has posted the league rules and format, but I'll just give a quick run through about the season. 

Teams
There will only be a total of four teams competing this year. The Shanghai Eagles and the Sichuan Dragons won't be playing this year. There will be two divisions: The south and the north. 

North 北



Beijing Tigers (北京猛虎)
Year founded: 2002
Championships: (4) 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009


The Beijing Tigers is one of the most famous teams in China. When you ask people about CBL, they probably know them (I think). Besides being the most recognizable, they have won 4 national championships, second to their rival, the Tianjin Lions. One of the most notable players in the team is veteran catcher Wang Wei, who was once a minor leaguer for the Seattle Mariners. 
(Beijing Tigers/Property of CBL)




Jiangsu Pegasus (江苏天马)
Year founded: 2005
Championships: None 




Originally called the Hopestars, the Jiangsu Pegasus is probably the worst team in the league. They were built upon developing young and upcoming talent, but things didn't work out after the 2008 Summer Olympics. They changed their team name this year hoping to get rid of bad luck ( just saying).
(Jiangsu Pegasus/Property of CBL)



South 南

Tianjin Lions (天津雄狮)
Tear founded: 2002
Championships: (5) - 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011



Tianjin Lions is one of the most successful teams in the short history of CBL. They won the last championship before the league folded in 2011. They have also competed many times in the cross-strait tournament in Taiwan. The most notable player on the team is probably left handed pitcher Li Xin, who is considered the ace of the Chinese national team. He did not pitch that well during the Asian Games, but there's a lot of room for improvement since he's still only 22 years old. 
(Tianjin Lions/Property of CBL)




Guangdong Leopards (广东猎豹)
Team founded: 2002
Championships: (1) - 2010

Guangdong Leopards is the only other team that has won a championship besides the Tigers and the Lions. They were also the runner up four times! Talk about being a tough luck loser. There aren't any notable players that I know of, but we'll find out when the season starts!
(Guangdong Leopard/Property of CBL)


Schedule, Format and Venues
The season will begin on October 18 and end October 26. Yep, a total of twelve games will be played this year! Each team will play six games and the top division leader will face each other in a best of three series for the championship. It's better than nothing after being delayed two times this year. I hope the fans will come out and enjoy baseball after being absent for three years. They need all the support they can get. Anyway here is the schedule on the official website, but since I love making charts, here you go:

Week 1
Date
Game
Time CST
Match
Venue
October 18
1
11:00 AM
Beijing Tigers – Jiangsu Pegasus
Beijing Fengtai

2
6:00 PM
Guangdong Leopard – Tianjin Lions
Guangzhou Huangcun
October 19
3
11:00 AM
Beijing Tigers – Jiangsu Pegasus
Beijing Fengtai

4
6:00 PM
Guangdong Leopard – Tianjin Lions
Guangzhou Huangcun
October 20
5
11:00 AM
Beijing Tigers – Jiangsu Pegasus
Beijing Fengtai

6
6:00 PM
Guangdong Leopard – Tianjin Lions
Guangzhou Huangcun


Week 2
Date
Game
Time CST
Match
Venue
October 24
7
6:00 PM
Tianjin Lions – Guangdong Leopard
Tianjin Brigade

8
6:00 PM
Jiangsu Pegasus – Beijing Tigers
Wuxi New District
October 25
9
6:00 PM
Tianjin Lions – Guangdong Leopard
Tianjin Brigade

10
6:00 PM
Jiangsu Pegasus – Beijing Tigers
Wuxi New District
October 26
11
6:00 PM
Tianjin Lions – Guangdong Leopard
Tianjin Brigade

12
6:00 PM
Jiangsu Pegasus – Beijing Tigers
Wuxi New District

Finals
Date
Game
Time CST
Match
Venue
October 31
1
11:00 AM
North 1 – South 1
Pending
November 1
2
11:00 AM
North 1 – South 1
Pending
November 2
3
11:00 AM
North 1 – South 1
Pending

1st place winner: 150,000 Yuan
2nd place winner: 100.000 Yuan

Don't ask how much it is in USD, I'm too lazy to do that. Anyway, there you have it. Pretty sure I'm missing a lot of information, but I'll leave the official rules at the bottom. I won't be updating as much since nursing school is kicking my butt, but i'll update as much as I can when I have time. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Official CBL Schedule

Update 10/11:
If you're going to China next week and want to catch a game, you can buy tickets here. They're insanely cheap! Enjoy!

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