The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced the schedule for the upcoming Asia Series to take place in Busan, South Korea in November.
The Asia Series will take place November 8-12 at Sajik Stadium in Busan. There will be six teams in the tournament. The respective winner of the leagues in Korea, Australia (Perth Heat), Japan, China, and Taiwan along with the host Lotte Giants of Busan will all compete for the title. If the Giants win the Korean title, the runner-up will play in the series.
The six teams will be divided into two groups. The two groups will play a round-robin with the top two teams meeting for the championship.
The winning team will receive 500 million won (US $440,500) in prize money with the runner-up receiving 300 million won.
Last year the KBO’s Samsung Lions defeated Japan’s SoftBank Hawks to become the first non-Japanese team to win the Series in its short history.
China Baseball League
Chinese Professional Baseball League (Taiwain)
Perth Heat (Australia)
Nippon Professional Baseball Champion (Japan)
2nd KBO Team
2012 Asia Series Schedule:
Thursday November 8th
12:00 CPBL vs CBA
19:00 KBO2 vs ABL
Friday November 9th
12:00 ABL vs NPB
19:00 KBO1 vs CPBL
Saturday November 10th
12:00 NPB vs KBO2
19:00 CBA vs KBO1
Sunday November 11th
14:00 Championship Game
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.