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MLB All Stars to Visit Korea and Taiwan

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Major league baseball is in discussions to have an All Star team visit Korea for offseason exhibition games according to Yonhap News Agency. It could be held sometime in November along with a stop in Taiwan. Major league baseball has not played a game in Korea since an exhibition game with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1958. It is expected the teams would play in the domed stadium Gocheok Sky Dome, which is where the WBC games were played in Korea.

Major league baseball played exhibition games in Taiwan in 2011. The last exhibition trip to Asia was Japan in 2014 for games against the NPB All Stars.

Donde Esta Cory Snyder

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Cory Snyder was supposed to have a better baseball career than his stats at Baseball Reference reflect. He had a powerful arm and a powerful bat. He was healthy for his first three major league seasons where he hit 83 homeruns. Injuries took a toll on his playing time after that and in his next six years he was limited to 63 homeruns as he became limited to a fourth outfielder/role type player.

Cory also played for the first United States Olympic team that won the silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984. He was the fourth player drafted, selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round in 1984. His 1986 season of hitting 24 homeruns put him fourth in the rookie of the year voting.

Whatever happened to Cory Snyder? It appears he is now managing in Taiwan after a year of managing in Mexico, where he led the Pericos de Puebla to their first Liga Mexican Baseball Championship in 30 years. Only three other American managers have led their team to the Liga Mexican Baseball Championship. Cory hopes to accomplish that same feat managing in Taiwan for the Chinatrust Brothers.

You can read a Q&A about his challenges managing in Taiwan at the cpblenglish link below.

Cory Snyder

Japan Retains Number One World Ranking

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Despite the United States first place finish in the World Baseball Classic tournament this month Japan has retained the number one ranking thanks to their third place finish. Over the course of the voting the United States has won four tournaments to one for Japan in tournaments both teams have competed in. Where Japan jumps ahead of the United States is their two championships that the United States chose not to enter.

Below is the top 12 teams and their points accumulated in parenthesis.

1. Japan (5699)
2. United States (5378)
3. South Korea (4789)
4. Taiwan (3901)
5. Cuba (3737)
6. Mexico (2961)
7. Venezuela (2804)
8. Australia (2433)
9. Netherlands (2071)
10. Canada (2020)
11. Puerto Rico (1759)
12. Italy 1708

You can see the complete list by going to World rankings

Foreigners in CPBL

Friday, March 24th, 2017

In the China Professional Baseball League they are allowed three foreigners for each of the four teams. All of the teams have signed pitchers to fill their foreign quota. Since Taiwan seemed short of quality pitching in the World Baseball Classic you would think they would want to place a restriction on the foreign players, i.e. two pitchers and one position player. This would help them develop more pitchers.

Below are the names of the foreign players on the four teams in the CPBL. The season begins March 26.

China Trust Brothers

Bryah Woodall
Bruce Kern III
Nick Additon

Fubon Guardians

Chris Seddon
Mike Loree
Scott Richmond

LaMigo Monkeys

Darin Downs
Zack Segovia
Zeke Spruill

Uni-President 7-11 Lions

Bruce Billings
Mike DeMark
Alfredo Figaro

For compete rosters you can go to CPBL English at the link below:

CPBL rosters

CPBL To Lead Future National Teams

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

The fans were not too thrilled with the performance of Taiwan in the World Baseball Classic (WBC). They did not win a game in their pool and must again qualify for the next WBC in 2021. The China Professional Baseball League (CPBL), who runs the professional league and the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) who oversee baseball outside the professional league feuded over the organization and selection of the national team. The CPBL got so frustrated with the CTBA and their lack of respect they showed the CPBL that they dropped out of the formation of the WBC team, leaving it up to the owners of the four professional baseball teams in the CPBL whether they would allow their players to participate.

Three of the four teams allowed their players to participate. The LaMigo Monkeys, who were the top team in the CPBL with some of the better players did not allow their players to participate. This left a couple key players off the team, including outfielder Po-Jung Wang, a young talent who hit .414 and broke the CPBL record for extra base hits in his rookie season and catcher Hung-Yu Lin. Seven players on the Premier 12 national team in 2015 played for the Lamigo Monkeys.

Taiwan also could not use two professional pitchers, which decimated a young pitching staff. Wei-Yen Chen of the Marlins and Chien-Ming Wang ex of the Yankees/Royals and now a free agent also decided not to participate, eliminating two experienced arms that could have headed the rotation for the team.

Sports Administration Director General Te-Fu Lin transferred the power of organizing the senior national team to the CPBL, including the 2019 Premier 12, the Olympics in Tokyo and the 2021 WBC teams. Also, to expand the talent level of baseball in Taiwan there was discussion of expanding the CPBL from four teams to six teams.

The poor performance of the Taiwan national team in the WBC was the final blow in transferring power from the CTBA to the CPBL. Now the pressure is on the CPBL to improve the performance of the national team in these important baseball tournaments. At least they will not do any worse than 0-3.

Israel Downs Netherlands; Korea and Aussies Win

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Since the game did not mean anything it would be difficult to call it an upset. The Netherlands started Rob Cordemans, their hero of many Olympics, World Baseball Cups and World Baseball Classics. The 42 year old lasted just one inning with Israel strafing him for four hits and three runs in their eventual 4-2 win. Nate Frieman hit a double to score one run, Ryan Lavarnway singled to score another. It could have been worse with Israel loading the bases for Scott Burcham who struck out to end the inning.

Israel trotted out nine pitchers for the nine inning game, Jason Marquis finishing the first inning. The strategy seemed to work as the Netherlands bats never found their groove. Jurickson Profar was their only offense, getting three of the five Dutch hits. A Profar double after Randolph Oduber drew a leadoff walk put runners on second and third with one out where a ground ball scored the first run for the Dutch in the third inning.

In the sixth Profar led the inning off with a double but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Israel scored in the bottom frame to pull ahead 4-1, taking advantage of an error, walk and hit by pitch to load the bases with no out. A ground out double play got two outs but a run scored.

The best opportunity Netherlands had to win the game was in the eighth when an error and two walks loaded the bases. Another error cut the lead to 4-2, keeping the bases loaded with one out. Didi Gregorius grounded into a double play to end the threat.

The Dutch also saved their pitching staff throwing seven different pitchers. Josh Zeid was the most worked Israeli pitcher, the manager calling on him to get five outs. Attendance was listed at 2,700. Both Israel and Netherlands advance to the second round.

Korea 11 Taiwan 8

The two Asian teams battled it out in an important game that did not have playoff implications but the winner got an automatic bid for the next WBC, if there is one and the loser had to qualify. The Korean bats finally came alive for the 11-8 win, scoring three in the tenth inning to secure the victory. Tae-Kyun Kim mashed a two run homer to close out the three run tenth.

Korea had jumped out to an early 6-0 lead but Taiwan battled back with three in the bottom of the second. Pitching was non-existent for the first four innings with Korea leading 8-5 at that point. The Korean bats quieted the next five innings while Taiwan scored three to send it into the tenth.

Korea relied on Seung-Hwan Oh to pitch the last two innings to capture the win. When rosters were being considered Korean fans did not want Oh on the roster because of his implications to overseas gambling. Oh is currently under suspension if he wants to ever come back to the KBO to finish his career.

Australia 11 China 0

Australia kept their hopes of advancing to the first round with a 11-0 clobbering of China. This sets up a final match with Cuba with the winner advancing to the second round. Travis Blackley allowed just two hits in his 4.2 innings of work. The game ended after eight when Australia scored four runs on a James Beresford grand slam.

Ex-major leaguer Luke Hughes had a big bat for Australia with two hits and four RBIs, including a two run homer in the third. James Beresford walked three times to allow him to score three runs and Brad Harman also scored three runs. China has yet to score a run in these games, their offense only accumulating just six hits. Their final game is against Japan, who has already clinched a first seed advancement to the second round. China has no hope of finishing away from the basement and will have to qualify for the next WBC.

Only 3,013 attended the game between Australia and China.

Netherlands Clinches Second Round Advance in WBC

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

One of the disadvantages of bracket play with the top two teams advancing is how early teams can clinch their advancement to the second round. Israel and Netherlands have already clinched advancing to the second round with Netherlands 6-5 win over Taiwan. Now it is just a matter of determining who advances as the number one seed. The remaining two games in the bracket do not amount to much.

Netherlands inched past Taiwan 6-5 last night, taking advantage of a ninth inning error, a hit by pitch and a single to load the bases with no outs. Jurickson Profar coaxed a walk off walk to allow Netherlands to come out victors.

It did not come easy for the Netherlands. In the fifth Taiwan erupted for three runs to take a 5-4 lead. Chih-Hao Chang slugged a two run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Taiwan strung together two more singles after the homerun to put runners on first and third and still there were no outs. A ground out when the Netherlands could not turn two scored a run. After a strikeout Taiwan again loaded the bases with a hit by pitch and infield single. Che-Hsuan Lin flied out to end the inning.

The Taiwan pitchers shut down Netherlands for three innings. In the eighth back to back singles by Xander Bogaerts and Wladimir Balentien put runners on first and second with no outs. A double play ground out appeared to put the embers out for a rally. Fu-Te Ni came on to pitch to end the threat. Didi Gregorius lined a double to left field to tie the game and leading to the exit of Ni. Hung-Wen Chen came on to retire Yurendell Decaster on a ground out to send the game into the ninth inning tied.

Balentein finished the game 4 for 4 for the Netherlands and Didi as the DH was 3 for 4 with 3 doubles and three RBIs. Mike Bolsenbroek pitched three late shutout innings to allow the Netherlands to get back in the game. Chang was the big bat for Taiwan with his three hits including his big two run homerun, the only extra base hit for Taiwan in the game. Attendance was listed at 3,606.

Cuba 6 China 0

China could manage only one hit against the Cuban pitching. Bladimir Banos gave up that hit with one out in the fifth. Cuba scored four of their six runs in the fourth to put the game on ice. Roel Santos had the big hit with a two run triple. He finished the game 3 for 5. Alexander Ayala was 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the fourth inning.

Bruce Chen shut out Cuba for the first 2.2 innings of work. He was taken out of the game after getting Ayala to ground into a double play. His replacement Xia Luo would give up the four runs in the fourth inning.

There were 39,102 who came out to see the game at the Tokyo Dome, a good crowd considering Japan was not playing. That must have been a misprint because attendance was sparse according to reports myworld received of those who attended the game. It was so empty that many filtered down to the lower section to watch the game.

Japan 4 Australia 1

Through the first four innings an Allen de San Miguel homerun was the only run of the game, giving Australia a 1-0 lead. Tim Atherton finally cracked giving up a leadoff double to Hayato Sakamoto. An infield single put runners on first and third where Lachlan Wells replaced Atherton and gave up a sacrifice fly to Nobuhiro Matsuda to tie the game.

In the seventh a Sho Nakata homerun put Japan up 2-1. They put the game away in the eighth on a two run homer from Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

Australia had an opportunity to take the lead in the fifth after Japan had tied the game 1-1. With the bases loaded and one out James Beresford grounded into a double play. That was really the last opportunity the Japanese pitching staff allowed them to score a run.

There were 41,408 at the Tokyodome.

Israel Blasts Taiwan; Japan and Netherlands also Win

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

In the professional league in Taiwan (CPBL) the teams are allowed to sign three foreign players. Those three foreign players are usually starting pitchers. When the season starts the four CBL’s four professional teams have three of their five or six starting pitchers filled by foreigners, leaving little opportunity for Taiwan pitchers to develop. That was on full display yesterday with Israel battering Taiwan 15-7, collecting 20 hits. Israel scored at least one run against each pitcher Taiwan threw out to the mound except Chen-Hua Lin, who only got two outs but still gave up two hits. Even ex-major leaguer Fu-Te Ni was banged around for three runs while he could only retire one hitter.

Meanwhile, Corey Baker, a non-descript minor leaguer who has only gotten six starts in AAA shut out Taiwan for four plus innings, allowing just three hits. Israel pounced on Taiwan starter Chun-Lin Kuo for six hits and four runs in the first inning as he was only able to retire two hitters. Ike Davis and Tyler Krieger each had two run singles to fuel the offense in the opening frame.

Ryan Lavarnway hit a two run homer in the third to up the Israel lead to 6-0. Taiwan made it a game with three runs in the sixth. Chih-Sheng Lin drove in the first two runs with a double. A sacrifice fly by Yi-Chuan Lin scored the third run to make it 6-3.

The hope for a comeback was only brief as Israel pulled away with five runs in the seventh. Nate Frieman and Tyler Krieger drove in runs with a single and Scott Burcham bunted for a single to score one run with two additional runs scoring when the ball was thrown away.

Nate Freiman hit a 3-run homerun in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring for Israel. Taiwan pushed across four runs in the bottom of the ninth to keep the game respectable. Only 3,287 were in attendance for the game. Israel has virtually assured themselves a spot in the second round.

Japan 11 Cuba 7

They say most of the good Cuban pitchers have left the island. This appeared quite evident with Japan’s 11-7 thrashing of Cuba. A five run fifth put them up 7-1. Nobuhiro Matsuda blasted a three run homer to left field to account for most of the runs.

Cuba would fight back, scoring three in the seventh, Alfredo Despaigne hitting a solo shot and Guillermo Aviles slashing a two run single to pull Cuba to within 7-4. Japan responded with two in the bottom frame, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo slugging a two run homer to extend the lead to 9-4.

Cuba scored two in the top of the eighth after a two run double by Yurisbel Gracial. Japan responded again with two in the bottom frame on a Nobuhiro Matsuda RBI single and a Seiji Kobayashi sacrifice fly.

In the top of the ninth Cuba put their first two runners on base and were able to load the bases with two outs and their big hitter Alfredo Despaigne at the plate. Kazuhisa Makita was able to strike him out to end the game.

Japan hitters were able to score at least one run against all the Cuban pitchers thrown out there. Noelvis Entenza got the start for Cuba but lasted only 1.1 innings after giving up four hits. Cuban managers are infamous for pulling their pitchers early. Ayumu Ishikawa worked four innings for Japan, allowing just one run on two hits.

A good crowd of 44,908 were at the game to watch the Japanese victory.

Netherlands 5 South Korea 0

The Korean bats were absent a second straight day. Coming into the WBC the Korean manager was worried about their pitching, but it is their bats that have failed them. Korea has only scored one run in two games. Rick Vandenhurk getting the start and leading the charge with four shutout innings. Four different pitchers completed the shutout with Diegomar Markwell going two innings and 7′1″ Loek van Mil closing it out in the ninth. Korea could manage only six hits.

Jurickson Profar got the offense started early with a two run homer in the first inning, rewarding the leadoff single from Andrelton Simmons. Kyu-Min Woo got the start for Korea. He gave up an Andrelton Simmons RBI double in the second and was gone after two outs in the third inning, giving up three runs on six hits.

The Dutch extended the lead in the sixth after a two run homer from Randolph Oduber to make it 5-0. Korea failed to advance a runner past second base, grounding into three double plays.

No attendance figures were given on the game. Netherlands next plays Taiwan and a win would virtually clinch both Israel and Netherlands advancing to the second round, making the next two games meaningless, though Israel and Netherlands would be playing for seeding.

Baseball World Cup Under 18 Pools Determined

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Baseball World Cup Under 18 tournament will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada from September 1-10. Nine of the top ten ranked countries will be participating in the event, with only Venezuela the lone top ten country not participating.

There will be two groups of six, who will play a round robin. The top three finishers will then advance to the second round, where each of the three teams will carry their record with them to the new pool and play the three teams advancing from the other pool. The two teams with the best record will play for the gold medal while the third and fourth best record will battle for the bronze.

Group A

Canada (9), South Korea (3), Taiwan (4), Australia (10), Italy (11), Nicaragua (16)

Group B

United States (2), Japan (1), Cuba (5), Mexico (6), Netherlands (9), South Africa (28)

The United States has won this event the last three years. The All tournament team from the last Under 18 tournament included first round draft pick Josh Naylor from Canada and the recently defected potential superstar from Cuba Luis Robert. Blake Retherford, the first round pick of the Yankees made the team as an outfielder. There was a Cuban player named Jose Garcia who made it as a second baseman, but do not know if that was Jose Adolis Garcia, the brother of Adonis who recently defected.

Luis Robert hit .406 with two homeruns and 11 RBIs with three doubles, three triples and four stolen bases at the event.

Taiwan 2017 WBC Review

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Overview - Taiwan has a professional league (China Professional Baseball League) but that league is not assisting Taiwan in the formation of the World Baseball Classic tournament roster. That team is put together by the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTPA). Lots of drama goes on between these two. The CPBL left it up to the four teams in the CPBL whether they would allow their players to participate. Only one team, the Lamiga Monkees did not allow their players to participate.

The Taiwan professional league is considered the third rated professional league in Asia behind Japan and Korea. One has to wonder where all those talented Little League stars played once they grew to adults. Despite all those Little League World Series victories their best finish in the International Baseball World Cups was in 1984 when they won the silver medal, finishing second to the power house Cuban team. They won bronze medals in 1986, 1988 and 2001 and finished with a respectable 93-77 record.

In 1992 when baseball was introduced into the Olympics Taiwan won the silver medal, again finishing behind the gold medal Cuban team. They lost to the United States team in pool play 10-9 but finished in the top four to qualify for the medal round, upsetting the Japanese team 5-2 to go to the gold medal game. The United States team played Cuba in the other semi-final match and lost 6-1. Japan would trounce the United States 8-3 to win the bronze while Cuba pounded Taiwan 11-1. They were embarrassed in the last Olympics in 2008 losing to China 8-7. That loss virtually knocked them out of being in the final four and competing for a medal. After the initial medal in the first Olympics Taiwan has not won a medal since.

In the Asian Baseball championships Taiwan has surprised in the last three events by taking the silver. The last time they won the gold in this event was back in 2001. They are usually considered the third team behind Japan and Korea.

In the three World Baseball Classics they have yet to medal. In 2006 they failed to advance past the first round, with South Korea and Japan the two teams advancing ahead of them. The only team they were able to conquer was China. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic they lost both their games in the double elimination tournament, including a losers bracket game to China that closely followed a loss in the 1988 Olympics. Many of the players on the two rosters were later implicated in a gambling scandal in the CPBL with some of the players indicted. They were forced to qualify for the 2013 WBC, did so and advanced past the first round for the first time when a three way tie between Taiwan, Netherlands and Korea eliminated Korea from advancing. Taiwan lost both their games in a double elimination second round, the first to Japan and the second to Cuba.

In the WBSC 2015 Premier 12, which is composed of the top 12 countries in baseball, but usually lacks major leaguers, Taiwan just missed advancing to the second round. They finished tied with Puerto Rico for fourth place and Puerto Rico advanced as a result of their win over Taiwan in pool play.

Current World Ranking - Taiwan is currently ranked fourth in the world in baseball, much of that fueled by their performance in international youth tournaments. Of the other teams in their pool Korea is ranked third, the Netherlands is ninth and Israel is ranked 41st. The 41st ranking by Israel does not reflect that the WBC will have a number of major league baseball players of Jewish descent on their roster, so this will be a very competitive pool.


Pitchers - Hung-Wen Chen, Kuan-Ju Chen, Yun-Wen Chen (DPP), Shao-Ching Chiang, Sheng-Hsiung Huang, Chun-Lin Kuo, Che-Hsuan Lin, Chen-Hua Lin, Kuo Hua Lo (DPP), Fu-Te Ni, Wei-Lun Pan, Chia-Hao Sung, Ming-Chin Tsai, Ching-Ming Wang

Catchers - Ta-Hung Cheng, Kun-Sheng Lin

Infielders - Chia-Hao Chang, Yung-Chi Chen, Chi-Hung Hsu, Chin-Lung Hu, Chih-Hsiang Lin, Chih-Sheng Lin, Yi-Chuan Lin, Sheng-Wei Wang

Outfielders - Cheng-Wei Chang, Chih-Hsien Chiang, Kuo-Hui Kao, Guo-Long Luo

More Designated Pitchers Pool - Ping-Hsueh Chen, Hung-Cheng Lai, Yen-Cheng Lu, Cheng-Hao Wang, Chien-Ming Wang, Wei-Chung Wang, Chun-Chieh Wu, Chien-Fu Yang

Strength - They have a lot of pitchers in the designated pitchers pool but it is unclear what that quality is. Fu-Te Ni once played for the Detroit Tigers in the major leagues and he will probably be their ace. Another ex-major leaguer is the ex-Yankee star Chien-Ming Wang but he appears to be listed among those pitchers available if Taiwan advances past the first round. Three minor league pitchers on the staff are the Indians Ping-Hsueh Chen and Shao-Ching Chiang and the Brewers Wei-Chung Wang. Chen and Wang are in the designated pitchers pool available for the second round. Of the pitchers on the roster the best appear to be the other Ching-Ming Wang (3.49 ERA) in the CPBL and Chia Hao Sung from the Japanese NPB Rakuten Eagles (2.44 ERA).

The big power bats will belong to outfielder Kuo-Hui Kao who hit 34 homeruns in the CPBL and drove in 104 runs and infielders Chih-Shing Lin (.337, 34, 107) and Chih-Hsien Chiang (.402, 30, 104). The CPBL appears to be an offensive league with a lot of high ERAs and explosive batting averages. Teams in the CPBL are allowed to fill their rosters with three foreign players and those are usually pitchers, watering down the local pitching talent for the CPBL to back end rotation starters or long relief pitchers.

Weakness - The CPBL tends to be a league measured at between High A and AA. Many ex-major leaguers who can’t play in Japan drop down to Korea. If they fail in Korea their next step is Taiwan. Only time will tell how these players from the CPBL, mixed with Taiwanese players from the Japanese and United States major and minor leagues fare against the best in the world. Pitching will probably be their down fall and an inability to hit the major league slider.

Prospects to Watch - Wei-Chung Wang may be the best prospect, but he isn’t really a prospect anymore since he spent one whole season as a Rule V pick with the Brewers. Shao-Ching Chiang got 27 starts in Low A as a 23 year old but with uninspiring numbers.

Expected Finish - The Korean team has been hit by a number of injuries so it is possible for Taiwan to advance. Myworld believes they will fall short in a very competitive pool.