Taiwanese Baseball Team Will Use Dressed-Up Robots Instead of Fans When Season Begins This Weekend

Preseason action in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CBPL)
Preseason action in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CBPL) / Gene Wang/Getty Images

In challenging times, the name of the game isn't just perseverance, but innovation. And when it comes time for the Chinese Professional Baseball League to resume its operations this Saturday, one team is clearly taking the lead when it comes to creative solutions for playing games behind closed doors without fans.

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Yes, the CPBL's Taiwan-based Rakuten Monkeys have confirmed that they're going to place what are being called "robot mannequins" in the stands decked out in team colors.


The Rakuten Monkeys are no strangers to major changes in how they do business, having been previously named the Lamigo Monkeys before Japanese online retailer Rakuten swooped in to buy the team in late 2019. Now, however, comes their biggest change yet.

Seriously, say it with me, people: robot mannequins.

This comes on the heels of news that Major League Baseball might just be crazy enough to try to work in concert with federal health officials to find a way to play regular season games in Arizona. It all sounds daring, but necessity is indeed the mother of baseball invention.

Seriously, just think of how great the stands at Chase Field will look if and when they're populated by humanoid replicants.

Literally nothing could possibly go wrong.