The CPBL will implement the no-pitch intentional walk rule in 2018 to increase the pace of play. Originally, the new rule was to go into effect only for the farm league, but the league have decided to implement that across the entire league after the general assembly.

The New Intentional Walk Rule

Under the new intentional walk rule, the manager only needs to signal the umpire and the batter can advance to the first base straight away. According to the league’s representative, they are expecting to cut down nine seconds per game with this new rule.

CPBL to adopt new intentional walk rule in 2018
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CPBL Pace of Play By the Numbers

The past few seasons, the CPBL have been a hitter’s league, and the average time per game have also increased along with it.

  • 2017 season average time per game: 3 hours and 28 minutes.
  • 2016 season average time per game: 3 hours and 27 minutes.
  • 2015 season average time per game: 3 hours and 25 minutes.
  • 2014 season average time per game: 3 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Quickest team per game in 2017: Fubon Guardians with 3 hours and 23 minutes.
  • Slowest team per game in 2017: Uni-Lions with 3 hours and 33 minutes.

What We Think

While it is a good idea to cut down the average time per game, removing the intentional walk does not seems like an efficient way to go about it.

One of the major culprit is the pitching clock and lack of enforcement by the league. A 15 seconds rule was first introduced in 2006, and it was revised and further reduced down to 12 seconds in 2017, but no one takes it seriously or even trying to enforced it.

With the pitching clock being properly enforced, we will very likely to see a significant drop in the average game time. Maybe even possible to bring the average game time down to the 3 hours and 10 minutes range.

But again, it is all up to the league whether they want to start enforcing the rule or not.

(Monkeys closer Chen Yu-Hsun refused to pitch to protest umpire’s strikezone)


  1. What happened in the second exhibition game between the Nippon Ham Fighters and the Lamigo Monkeys? Did Wang Po-Jung get any more hits?

    Now that March 1st is here, do we have more information on who is filling the remaining foreign pitcher roster spots?

    • Monkeys’ lineup got shutdown in the second game against the Fighters. Only managed to get 3 hits the entire game. Wang Po-Jung went 0-for-4. He did drilled one all the way to the wall, but it was caught near at the warning track.

      No news on the Guardians roster spot yet. But I am assuming the announcement should be out soon. Definitely going to be Woodall and Billings in my opinion.

        • They had a press conference today. And Guardians GM told everyone they are now in talks with Billings and Woodall. Haha, even it’s after 228, they’re still trying to fake it.

          Oh yeah, definitely going to be the best pitching in 2018. Going to very very tough to beat Guardians this season.

  2. One problem with playing only a couple of games is that it doesn’t give a prospect a real opportunity to show how good he really is unless he gets lucky. I’m sure everyone in NPB took notice of Wang’s two games against NPB’s best starters last year and the two hits he got in the first game against the Fighters this year.

    Do you know if Yang Dai-Kang is treated as “foreign” player for NPB major league roster limits? Wikipedia says he was drafted by the Nippon Ham Fighters in the NPB amateur draft in 2007, and he should have become a free agent a lot sooner if he was a “foreign” player. Did he play high school, college or industrial league ball in Japan before signing with the Fighters?

    • Yang Dai-Kang (Yoh Daikan) is considered as domestic player in the NPB as he went through the Japanese education system (High school). It’s a really good system for a lot of young Taiwanese players to play in the NPB, quite a lot of Taiwanese players benefit from this.

  3. Yang reportedly played as a back-up for the Taiwanese team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. I wonder if he will play in the CPBL when his four or five year contract with the Yomiuri Giants ends.


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