When the Chinese Professional Baseball League began its season, one team had become creative about “filling the stands” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rakuten Monkeys will play a game in front of a robot mannequin in the audience who dress up as fans, according to CPBL official website.
With distancing social steps still taking place in Taiwan, where the league is taking place, he plans to host matches for the 2020 season which starts April 11 without spectators.
Less than 200 people will be allowed in the stadium, according to the Taipei Times. That includes only players, coaches, team staff, baseball stadium workers, league officials and the media.
The start of the league has been postponed twice: from March 14 to March 28 to Saturday.
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Monkey general manager Justin Liu said the move was a light way to market and also maintain security.
“Because we are not allowed to have fans in attendance, we might also have fun with him,” Liu told the CPBL website. “We went with 500 robot mannequins to comply with the current CDC guidelines.”
Major League Baseball said Tuesday it is considering a scenario where all 30 teams play in Arizona but noting it hasn’t made a final decision about anything.
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