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March 11, 2018

Baseball becoming popular in China? Could give US a run for its money in future?

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FOR the majority of Chinese people, baseball remains a complicated sport. But these days, things are starting to change. The interest in the typically Western sport has been on the rise for years. The formation of more and more Chinese baseball leagues and clubs have also seen an increasing number of programs teaching baseball to Chinese children. From its humble origins almost a century ago, baseball is starting to become more popular in the most populous country. Involving an artistic combination of individual attention and strategic teamwork and communication, perhaps baseball will be the perfect sport for China.

The beginning of baseball in China traces back further than most would think. In 1863, the Shanghai Baseball Club was established; around the same time (in the late 1870s) that a young Sun Yat-sen, who led the revolution to overthrow China’s last imperial dynasty, was learning to play the game at his brother’s house in Hawaii. He later created a baseball association in China to cover his revolutionary activities.

A baseball league of the primary school affiliated to Capital Normal University in Beijing receives training. From that time, Chinese universities soon began to stage baseball activities and, as expected, tournaments were established; the first game, as documents recorded, was held in Shanghai between St. John’s University and YMCA of Shanghai in 1905. National interest in this traditionally American sport picked up quickly, and in 1915, China placed second in the Greater Asia baseball tournament held in Shanghai. Several decades later, baseball was as big as it would ever be. In 1959, teams from 30 regions came together in a national competition. 

The opportunity to capture a huge new market with China’s growing interest saw the Major League Baseball (MLB) open its first China office in Beijing in 2007, and has since developed the Chinese market and educated young athletes. An example is the youth baseball program Play Ball! in major Chinese cities. This program helps Chinese schools integrate baseball into their physical education curriculum, build professional development centers, and sponsor Beijing’s college league. Furthermore, the MLB has three centers in Jiangsu Province which work to find and nurture future baseball talent. One such example is Xu Guiyan, a 19-year-old outfielder from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, who was the first Chinese signed to a major league club, the Baltimore Orioles, in 2015.

In regards to the first official MLB game in China in 2008, San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said, “This is the start of more baseball in China. The seeds are planted, and we can continue to grow the game. Hopefully the Chinese people will embrace the game and have a passion for it over time like we do in America.” In 2009, the MLB established its MLB Baseball Park initiative, the first baseball-themed entertainment tour in China. According to MLB sources, 400,000 Chinese citizens attended these programs in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Wuxi. The MLB is continuing to push hard to grow the sport in China, as the country presents a big market for not only future players, but also fans.
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UnfairRepresent 5 hours ago#2

As with many other sports and industries in China, baseball is continuing to grow. More and more Chinese youths are getting involved with the sport, taking baseball class on the weekends or after school. Many programs for children have been established and often hold classes at the many baseball fields at the Beijing Olympic Park on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This interest in developing the sport in China has also been felt worldwide. Gerald Headd II, a former baseball coach in Beijing, said, “Baseball is an untapped sport that has limitless potential in China. As long as the funding is there to promote the game, I don’t see why China won’t be giving other countries a run for their money in the future.”

In November 2003, U.S. baseball officials signed an agreement with China to exchange coaches, provide equipment and develop baseball in schools. The United States State Department has also funded a program to send Chinese baseball players and coaches to the United States for training.

Founded in 2002 and continuing to grow, the China Baseball League (CBL) is China’s professional league for the sport, with seven teams around the country. In 2007, the CBL partnered with Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, agreeing to allow Japanese clubs to send coaches and players to China and Chinese players to train at Japanese facilities. Japan is one of the biggest fans of baseball, with the Japanese national team currently ranked No.1 in the world by the International Baseball Federation. Through these different partnerships and collaborations, China has created opportunities for its citizens to experience another culture. 

With growing Chinese interest in baseball and continual efforts from organizations in the West to build the sport, China might just be the future of baseball. Through heavy investments in China, the MLB hopes to one day cultivate a Yao Ming of baseball, which would bring huge exposure to the sport. For the time being, football and basketball remain the most popular Western sports, but baseball is quickly on the rise. 


Full Article: http://www.chinatoday.com.cn/english/life/2018-01/08/content_752035.htm

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Would be nice for America to have someone else to play Baseball with. Japan doesn't count.
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Antifar 5 hours ago#3
UnfairRepresent posted...
Would be nice for America to have someone else to play Baseball with. Japan doesn't count.

Why don't they count? Or the various Latin American countries that compete with the US?
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UnfairRepresent 5 hours ago#4
Antifar posted...

Why don't they count?

Because they tried to compete 10 times across 20 years and only won 1 tour barely? Never got a single MVP? And then had to give up trying.

Japanese baseball is a league below US baseball and that's not a knock on Japan it's a fact.
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The Admiral 5 hours ago#5
MLB already is a global league.
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Jiek_Fafn 5 hours ago#6
I think they'll run into the same problems as Japan. They will have a few break out stars that will be poached by the MLB, but by and large the sheer difference in the physical size of the average athlete creates an uneven playing field.
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Skye Reynolds 5 hours ago#7
I can't wait to see those Japan versus China baseball animes.
KainWind 5 hours ago#8
The_Juice_ 5 hours ago#9
They're not going to challenge MLB or anything but plenty of much smaller than them countries already have functioning leagues so China can easily do it.

Japan has also won more WBC titles than the US.
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ModLogic 5 hours ago#10
UnfairRepresent posted...
Antifar posted...

Why don't they count?

Because they tried to compete 10 times across 20 years and only won 1 tour barely? Never got a single MVP? And then had to give up trying.

Japanese baseball is a league below US baseball and that's not a knock on Japan it's a fact.

You're mixing up MLB and US baseball. MLB has a ton of talent from outside America. I mean the guy who's being hyped up the most this upcoming season is a Japanese player who's now on the Angels.
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27_Sandman_40 4 hours ago#12
UnfairRepresent posted...
Antifar posted...

Why don't they count?

Because they tried to compete 10 times across 20 years and only won 1 tour barely? Never got a single MVP? And then had to give up trying.

Japanese baseball is a league below US baseball and that's not a knock on Japan it's a fact.


Ichiro won an MVP in his rookie season.
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If it becomes big like a top five sport in China the United States would be fucked from all the All-Stars that would be coming from the Chinese.
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UnfairRepresent 4 hours ago#14
Skye Reynolds posted...
I can't wait to see those Japan versus China baseball animes.

I swear baseball anime exists
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Football is the most popular sport in China and they're garbage at it. They're not gonna produce good players unless the government gets behind it.
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August 21, 2017

Over 9,100 baseballs, bats stolen from 18 schools

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UnfairRepresent 23 hours ago#1


About 9,150 baseballs and bats have been stolen from 18 schools in five prefectures, the National Police Agency said Friday.

According to police, the sports gear was stolen from high schools in Tochigi, Saitama, Gunma, Ibaraki and Fukushima prefectures between mid-July and Aug 16, Fuji TV reported.

The baseballs and bats were stolen from storerooms belonging to the schools’ baseball clubs, police said. In some cases, the doors on the storage cabinets were not locked; in other cases, locks were broken, police said.


Full Article: https://japantoday.com/category/crime/9-150-baseballs-bats-stolen-from-18-schools-in-5-prefectures

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Who does this!? Steals bats?
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TheDarkCircle 23 hours ago#2
And yet not a single stolen base... smdh
gunplagirl 23 hours ago#3
Battlefield Baseball might become a real thing if this is any indicator
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stone 23 hours ago#4
That's like 500 bats per school... Why the hell do they need that many bats? And who the hell would steal them?
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Go_Totodile 23 hours ago#5
TheDarkCircle posted...
And yet not a single stolen base... smdh

Lol
Leight_Weight 23 hours ago#6
TheDarkCircle posted...
And yet not a single stolen base... smdh

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BuckVanHammer 23 hours ago#7
I slowly stole nearly all the silverware from my jr high over a couple months. My mom found the duffle bag with it all. Blamed my friend and she bought it. They started using those packets with a plastic spoons and forks with a napkin. IDK why, just being a s*** head i guess.
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Mernardi 23 hours ago#8
Literally over 9000
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Naysaspace 23 hours ago#9
If they are aluminum bats you can melt them down and sell it

A whole set of bleachers were stolen from my hometown lmao. Yes they were installed and anchored to the ground at a local ball diamond
WizardPowers 23 hours ago#10
Why did they have so many bats?

were they selling them to the Yakuza to use to break kneecaps or something jesus
gunplagirl 23 hours ago#11
stone posted...
That's like 500 bats per school... Why the hell do they need that many bats? And who the hell would steal them?

That includes balls. And Japan takes school sports and other clubs seriously. They get budgets and everything. And the budgets can be immense if it's a large enough club. Like, tens of thousands of dollars per year if it's winning at the prefecture and national level.
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Mernardi posted...
Literally over 9000
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littlebro07 23 hours ago#13
TheDarkCircle posted...
And yet not a single stolen base... smdh


Lmfao
UnfairRepresent 23 hours ago#14
WizardPowers posted...
Why did they have so many bats?

Baseball is pretty big in Japan.

It's like the only country other than the US which takes it seriously as a sport
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KingCrabCake 23 hours ago#15
Antifa is obviously planning a protest soon
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