The last few seasons, Taiwan’s CPBL has turned into a hitter’s league due to many reasons such as stacked lineup, smaller strike zone, pitcher familiarity, ability to retained top amateur positional players and….. the infamous juiced ball.

Note: I do not think the league intentionally juiced the ball. It is rather a case of the ball manufacturer cutting corners, and the league did not follow the SOP to QC the ball. It is very common in the business industry when there are no competitions.

Since we have no inside knowledge about the ball, what we can do is to provide a line chart of the number of home runs per game from 1990 to 2017 (June 15).


Other Historical Hitting Stats (1990-2017)

Apart from HR/G data, here is the yearly average for CPBL batting average, slugging percentage, BABIP and AB/HR stats. Since we are still in the middle of the 2017 season, the cut-off date for 2017 is on June 15.

YEARGAMESHRHR/GAVGSLGBABIPAB/HR
YEAR696686271.24AVGSLGBABIPAB/HR
19901801821.010.2620.3650.28867.3
19911802021.120.2550.3590.28158.6
19921803141.740.2640.3950.27937.9
19932703191.180.2620.3760.28956.9
19942703801.410.2730.3980.30048.6
19953003871.290.2660.3810.29352.5
19963004751.580.2830.4150.31743.4
19973364801.430.2700.3900.31148.1
19983153811.210.2700.3830.31155.9
19992782570.920.2570.3530.30072.4
20001801750.970.2570.3580.28868.0
20011801901.060.2590.3620.29363.6
20021802541.410.2680.3870.30447.0
20033002980.990.2640.3640.30667.6
20043003391.130.2490.3490.29558.4
20053003181.060.2600.3620.30363.5
20063003001.000.2650.3590.30467.9
20073004301.430.2840.4030.32248.7
20082983181.070.2770.3810.31565.5
20092403231.350.2870.4060.32352.2
20102401590.660.2620.3470.302103.6
20112402380.990.2850.3900.32470.0
20122402651.100.2870.3990.32762.3
20132401930.800.2820.3760.32085.6
20142402090.870.2740.3670.31679.1
20152404291.790.3010.4340.34040.0
20162406032.510.3080.4760.34929.0
2017992092.110.2850.4380.33033.4

The Brand of Baseball Used by CPBL

  • 1990 – SSK / ZETT
  • 1991 – Mizuno 100
  • 1992 – Mizuno 500 / Sun-up 101
  • 1993 ~1995 – Mizuno 500
  • 1996 ~ 1998 – Sun-up 101
  • 1999 ~ 2009 – Sakurai 990
  • 2010 – Mizuno 210/ Mizuno150
  • 2011 ~ 2017 – Sakurai 990

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