Baseball with no fans? Korean league opener shows glimpse of possible MLB future

Even the LG Twins mascots wore masks during the team's Korea Baseball Organization season opener against the Doosan Bears on Tuesday.
(Victoria Kim / Los Angeles Times)

A new baseball season started in South Korea on Tuesday with one glaring omission — fans.

The Korea Baseball Organization is one of the few sports leagues in the world to restart during the COVID-19 pandemic. The opener between the LG Twins and Doosan Bears in Seoul offered a glimpse into what baseball in the United States could look like if Major League Baseball starts its season.

While there might not be cheerleaders in the empty stands of MLB ballparks like there are in South Korea, the eerie silence of the spectacle was probably the most glaring takeaway that Victoria Kim, The Times’ Seoul correspondent had from covering the game.

Here are tweets from Kim during the game:

While much of the world is under lockdown, baseball returned to South Korea on a day when the country reported just three new cases of COVID-19.