While the timeline for the return of Major League Baseball in the US is still wholly unclear, that certainly doesn’t mean the entirety of the sport is still idle worldwide. In fact, South Korea’s KBO League is on the verge of Opening Day, and thanks to a recent agreement struck by ESPN, you’ll be able to watch not just day one of the KBO season, but six live games per week.
That begins tonight - at least for those of you west of the Eastern Time Zone. First pitch is set for 1 AM ET on Tuesday (10 PM PT tonight), as the NC Dinos will take on the Samsung Lions. ESPN will then televise one game per night in the same time slot every day sans Sunday night (Monday morning), meaning you’ll be able to baseball your way to sleep most evenings despite MLB still being seemingly months away from return.
The KBO League has produced quite a few notable players in its day, many of whom have moved on to great MLB success, too. That includes current Toronto Blue Jays pitcher (and 2019 MLB ERA title winner) Hyun-Jin Ryu as well as noted Reds-mauler Eric Thames. At the moment, former Reds pitcher Dan Straily is plying his traded in the KBO League as a member of the Lotte Giants, who call the city of Busan home.
For more on key players, power rankings, and what to know about the 2020 KBO Season, I’d suggest you check out this link.
The KBO season begins on Tuesday (overnight in the US) as one of the first pro sports leagues to return since the beginnings of the Coronavirus.— joon lee (@joonlee) May 4, 2020
Everything you need to know, from top players and storylines to a primer on which team you should root for: https://t.co/7zVP81tuGy
So, catch a quick cat nap this evening to get yourself prepped for some late night ball, as it’s set to be the first vestige of live baseball we’ve seen in roughly two months.