Posted by on June 16, 2017 4:27 pm
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The Lamigo Monkeys are very close to clinching the first-half title in the CPBL. At 34-14 through 48 games, they have a comfortable seven-game lead over the Chinatrust Brothers (27-21-2 through 50 games). This puts Lamigo’s magic number at five; meaning any combination of Monkeys wins and Brothers losses that equal five will clinch the first-half pennant for the Taoyuan-based team.

But what exactly does clinching the first half-season mean? It’s a scenario that non-local baseball fans might be unfamiliar with. The CPBL is unique in that a season is broken down into two halves of 60 games each. The first half runs from March until the end of June. At this point, a first-half champion is crowned and all teams have their records reset. The second half then runs from July through early October. In late October, the two top teams compete in a best-of-seven Taiwan Series to determine the full-season winner.

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Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

Marvin, who has been an avid Texas Rangers fan for more than four decades, enjoys fishing, teaching youth baseball and playing fantasy sports. He was a co-founder of Mister-Baseball.com and also started BaseballdeWorld.com.

Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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