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Baseball-starved fans will have to become nocturnal to watch Korean games on TV

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Major League Baseball's 2020 season remains on hold amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but there will soon be live baseball for sports-starved fans to watch on TV.

One problem: They'll have to dramatically alter their sleep schedules to watch it.

ESPN announced Monday that it reached an agreement with the top pro league in South Korea to air live baseball games six days a week as the United States waits for sports to return. But thanks to the time difference, those broadcasts will be starting while most American fans are usually sleeping.

Opening Day is Tuesday, with ESPN's first telecast airing at midnight Central time. Games continue throughout the week, starting at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 3 a.m. on Saturday, and at midnight on Sunday.

It's obviously not the majors, but fans clamoring for any kind of baseball finally have something to choose from, and there are a handful of former big leaguers playing in the KBO. That includes a pair of former White Sox: infielder Tyler Saladino and pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.

ESPN's telecasts will feature commentary by its usual fleet of in-game analysts remotely from their homes.

Set your alarms and brew some coffee, folks. Live baseball is back.


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