Korean Baseball Organization Season Begins in live sports for the first time since March.The Korea Baseball Organization season begins Tuesday, and ESPN has announced plans for live broadcasts of its games.
South Korea’s professional game returned to action after the coronavirus shutdown with the opening of a new baseball season Tuesday. At the same time, football and golf will soon follow suit in a ray of hope for suspended competitions worldwide.
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After a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, a hushed atmosphere allowed for sounds like the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt and bats smacking the ball for a single or double to echo around the stadium. Pictures placed in the seating because fans aren’t allowed into the venues.
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Players and coaches will go through fever screenings before entering stadiums, while umpires and first and third base coaches must wear masks during games. Players are prohibited from high-fiving teammates or signing autographs. Chewing tobacco was banned to prevent spitting.
Masks and latex gloves could require in training facilities. As one of the world’s first major professional sports competitions to return to action amid the pandemic, the Korea Baseball Organization has employed various preventive measures aimed at creating safe playing environments. ESPN is set to televise six regular-season games per week from South Korea’s KBO league.