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CURRENT SEASON STRUCTURES

Games

Each team plays 120 games with 60 games each in the first- and second-half season. The half-season winner is eligible to advance to post-season.

Post-Season

Playoff Series: Best-of-Five
If a non-half-season winner team posses a higher overall winning percentage than any other half-season winner, then this team gains a wild card status and is eligible to play in the Playoff Series against the half-season winner with lower winner percentage. If the same team clinches both first- and second-half seasons, then the Playoff Series would be staged for teams with overall 2nd and 3rd winning percentage.

Taiwan Series: Best-of-Seven
The winner of the Playoff Series advances to Taiwan Series. If the same team clinches both first- and second-half seasons, then this team is awarded one win to start the Taiwan Series.

Venues

Twelve (12) stadiums are used to stage professional games in 2012: Tienmu (Taipei City), Hsinshuang (New Taipei City), Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Taichung Intercontinental, Doulio, Chiayi City, Tainana, Cheng-Ching Lake (Kaohsiung City), Pingtung and Hualien. During the past 23 years CPBL has played in 18 stadiums throughout Taiwan.

Roster

Each team is allowed to carry a 25-man active roster, including foreign players. Each team is allowed to register three foreign players on their active roster and play two simultaneously on the field.

Draft

One draft is held at the end of every year for amateur players as well as military reserve players.

Trade deadline

August 31st is the trade deadline and the last day to register foreign players for the remaining of the season. Local players acquired after the trade deadline through waiver are not eligible to play in the post-season games.

Free Agency

The FA system was implemented starting the 2010 season. Players with 9 years of service will be granted FA while players with 6 years of service will be granted eligible abroad status with consent of the player’s club.

Minimum Salary

The minimum salary for major league players is NT 840,000 per year. The average salary is NT 1.5 million per year. (2009 data).

Minimum Salary

March 22 - Opening Day June 15 - Last day of first-half season
July 4 - First day of second-half season July 26-27 - All-Star Game
August 31st – Last day to register new foreign players; Last day to register local players to be eligible for post-season September 28 - Last day of second-half season