Start Dates for 2020 National and Independent Leagues

Given the flurry of announcements of national leagues opening around the world, we thought we should collate the various start dates. There are currently 21 active leagues, with one more scheduled for later this month. The first country to restart play was the Czech Republic, while the first professional league was Taiwan’s CPBL. This list will be updated as more leagues begin play.

Austria: July 3
Belgium: July 3
Bulgaria: June 14
Croatia: June 14
Curaçao: July 18
Czech Republic (Extraliga): May 22
Denmark: June 14
Finland: June 12
Germany: August 8
Ireland: July 20
Italy: July 8
Lithuania: June 13
Japan (NPB): June 19
Mexico: August 7
Netherlands: July 23
Nicaragua (Germán Pomares 2nd Half): April 17 (suspended on May 21) and June 26
Poland: July 5
Slovakia: Before June 12
South Korea (KBO): May 5
Spain: August 30
Switzerland: June 13
Taiwan (CPBL): April 12 (Scheduled for April 11)
Ukraine: July 4
USA (American Association): July 3
Vietnam (Hanoi, not national): June 7

About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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