The upcoming new season of Taiwan's CPBL professional baseball league is slated to start early April, with the defending champions CTBC Brothers hosting last year's runner-up, according to a top CPBL official Wednesday.
Speaking with reporters after a team general manager's meeting, CPBL commissioner Tsai Chi-Chang (???) said the CPBL will start on April 2 with the Taichung-based Brothers at home against the Uni-President Lions from Tainan.
Other important dates for the upcoming 2022 season include July 15, the start of the second-half of the CPBL season, and July 30-31, the dates of the CPBL All-Star Game weekend, Tsai said, adding that the postseason will be held from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, with the Taiwan series to start on Nov. 5.
The new season will also introduce a mandatory Playoff Series.
The half-season winner with the highest win percentage will go straight to the Taiwan Series, while the half-season winner with the lower win percentage will have to play against the non-half-season winning team with the highest win percentage in a best-of-five Playoff Series.
The half-season winner will be granted an automatic win, while also enjoying home advantage for the first game, as well as the third and fourth games if played.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Playoff Series will punch their ticket to the Taiwan Series, where the half-season winner with the highest win percentage will enjoy home field advantage for the first two games and the fifth game, as well as the sixth and seventh game if played.
If the same team wins both halves of the season, then the second and third teams with the highest winning percentage for the full season will play in a best-of five Playoff Series for the right to face the team that automatically qualified for the Playoff Series.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel