It may not be the majors, but the Taiwanese and Korean leagues have offered us all a chance to watch competitive baseball while MLB is on hold. Surely some MLBTR readers are partaking … no doubt a few have even adopted new favorite teams.
It’d be even easier to fall in love with these fun leagues if fans were in attendance. Having attended some Japanese games in person myself, I can tell you it’s quite an experience to see how the game is enjoyed on the other side of the Pacific. But even without the full pageantry, there’s a lot to enjoy — bat flips, of course, being the best-known form of punctuation.
So, if you’re following the Chinese Professional Baseball League and/or Korea Baseball Organization, which team have you taken to rooting for? For those that haven’t yet decided, here’s the list … with the team’s former MLB players noted in case you need some help picking.
- Chinatrust Brothers: Esmil Rogers, Ariel Miranda, C.C. Lee, Jose De Paula
- Fubon Guardians: Henry Sosa, Chin-lung Hu, Che-Hsuan Lin
- Rakuten Monkeys: Justin Nicolino, Ryan Carpenter, Lisalverto Bonilla, Elih Villanueva
- Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions: Ryan Feierabend, Donn Roach, Logan Darnell, Josh Roenicke
- Doosan Bears: Jose Miguel Fernandez, Raul Alcantara, Chris Flexen
- Hanwha Eagles: Warwick Saupold, Jared Hoying, Chad Bell
- Kia Tigers: Aaron Brooks, Preston Tucker, Drew Gagnon
- Kiwoom Heroes: Taylor Motter, ByungHo Park, Jake Brigham, Eric Jokisch
- KT Wiz: Odrisamer Despaigne, William Cuevas, Jae Gyun Hwang
- LG Twins: Hyun Soo Kim, Tyler Wilson, Casey Kelly
- Lotte Giants: Dan Straily, Dae Ho Lee, Dixon Machado, Adrian Sampson
- NC Dinos: Aaron Altherr, Mike Wright, Drew Rucinski
- Samsung Lions: Seunghwan Oh, Tyler Saladino, David Buchanan, Ben Lively
- SK Wyverns: Nick Kingham, Ricardo Pinto, Jamie Romak