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Baseball league extends midseason break for 2019

2018/05/16 16:44

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SEOUL, May 16 (Yonhap) -- The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced Wednesday it will extend the annual All-Star break from four days to seven days starting in 2019.

The KBO reached the decision during its third board meeting earlier in the day.

The All-Star break is currently four days long, from a Friday to a Monday. For this year, there will be some festivities, such as the home run derby and skills competition, on July 13, followed by the game on the following day. Teams will get the next two days off before returning to action on July 17.

The KBO said teams wanted extra rest during that period so that their players can come back fresher for a second-half run. The All-Star week in 2019 will run from July 19 to 25.

The KBO also announced that the 2019 regular season will begin on March 29, which is a Friday. The league opened its season on Friday in 2016 and 2017 and kicked off the 2018 season on Saturday, March 24.

The top five teams from the 2017 regular season will open the 2019 season at home. They are the Kia Tigers, the Doosan Bears, the Lotte Giants, the NC Dinos and the SK Wyverns.

Their opponents and further regular season schedules will be determined soon after the end of this year's postseason, according to the KBO.

This file photo from March 24, 2018, shows baseball fans packing Jamsil Stadium in Seoul for the Korea Baseball Organization season opener between the home team Doosan Bears and the Samsung Lions. (Yonhap) This file photo from March 24, 2018, shows baseball fans packing Jamsil Stadium in Seoul for the Korea Baseball Organization season opener between the home team Doosan Bears and the Samsung Lions. (Yonhap)

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