2020 CPBL Opening Day: March 14 or March 28
Update on February 27, 2020
On February 27, the CPBL announced the 2020 Opening Day is likely to be pushed back to March 28. It all depends on the WBSC’s decision whether the Olympics Qualifier will go ahead as the plan or not. The WBSC set to discuss the matter on March 4 in Switzerland.
“If the WBSC decide to cancel or delay the Olympics Qualifier, then the 2020 CPBL Opening Day will be on March 28,” said the CPBL commissioner.
We will continue to update this blog post as the story develop. At this stage, there are two possible dates for the 2020 CPBL Opening Day. [Last updated: February 27, 2020]
Below is the original story on December 23, 2019.
After the CPBL board meeting on December 23, the league decided the 2020 Opening Day will be on March 14. The 2019 Taiwan Series Champion, the Rakuten Monkeys (formally known as Lamigo Monkeys) will take on the Chinatrust Brothers at Taoyuan Stadium.
Season on Halt for Olympics Qualifier
With the final Olympics qualifying tournament to take place in Taiwan from April 1-5, the CPBL owners have signed off on a policy to interrupting the 2020 season.
According to the CPBL commissioner Wu Chih-Yang, to accommodate the Olympics qualifier, they will suspend the 2020 regular season for two weeks from March 23 until April 7.
Should Taiwan qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, then the season will be put on halt one more time to allow players to represent Team Taiwan. At this stage, it is likely to be three weeks.
Likely to Cancel the 2020 CPBL All-Star Game
As per the CPBL secretary-general, due to the tight schedule, the 2020 CPBL All-Star Game is likely to be cancelled.
If Taiwan qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics, then the 2020 CPBL All-Star Game would be in the format of practice games for the National Team.
However, if Taiwan fails to qualify, then the league would skip the 2020 CPBL All-Star Week and use it for the second-half season.