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Taiwan End of Season All Star Team

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The CPBL announced their end of season All Star team. They also announced the Gold Glove winners at each position. The Lamigo Monkeys dominate the All Star team while the Chinatrust Brothers dominate the All Star team. Only Su Chih-Chieh of the Uni-Lions made both teams. Below are the names of those players.

Pitcher - Mike Loree (Fubon Guardians)

Catcher - Lin Hung-Yu (Lamigo Monkeys)

First Base - Chen Chun-Hsui (Lamigo Monkeys)

Second Base - Kuo Yen-Wen (Lamigo Monkeys)

Third Base - Lin Li (Lamigo Monkeys)

Shortstop - Lin Cheng-Fei (Lamigo Monkeys)

Outfield - Chan Tzu-Hsien (Chinatrust Brothers), Su Chih-Chieh (Uni-Lions), Lan Yin-Lun (Lamigo Monkeys)

Designated Hitter - Hu Chin-Lung (Fubon Guardians)

Gold Glove Winners

Pitcher - Cheng Kai-Wen (Chinatrust Brothers)

Catcher - Lin Yu-Le (Uni-Lions)

First Base - Chen Chun-Hsiu (Lamigo Monkeys)

Second Base - Wu Tung-Jung (Chinatrust Brothers)

Third Base - Wang Wei-Chen (Chinatrust Brothers)

Shortstop - Wang Seng-Wei (Chinatrust Brothers)

Outfield - Lin Che-Hsuan (Fubon Guardians), Su Chih-Chieh (Uni-Lions), Chang Chih-Hao (Chinatrust Brothers)

All Asian Team

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Taiwan recently won the Asian championship, defeating Japan 5-4. Below is the all tournament team.

Catcher - Leung Ho Nam (Hong Kong)
First Base - Juan Diego Lozano (Philippines)
Second Base - Jennald Pareja (Philippines)
Third Base - Chen Wei Chih (Taiwan)
Shortstop - Liao Chun Kai (Taiwan)
Outfielder - Hwang Seong Bin (Korea)
Outfielder - Du Nan (China)
Outfielder - Tsai Chih-Yu (Taiwan)
Designated Hitter - Tatsuhiko Satoh (Japan)
Pitcher - Yasuaki Ojima (Japan)
MVP - Liu Chih-Jung (Taiwan)

Red Sox Hope to Have Signed the Next Ohtani

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

The Boston Red Sox have signed Taiwan outfielder/pitcher Liu Chih-Jung to a contract, with a signing bonus estimated between $750,000 to $1 million. Liu starred for Taiwan in the 18 and under tournament in 2017 both on offense and defense, hitting .316 with seven walks and two whiffs, while starting two games and going 1-1, 1.98 with 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. Taiwan finished tied for second with three other teams in pool play and dropped down to the consolation round where they went undefeated. Some of the players on the United States team in that tournament were Tristan Casas, Jarred Kelenic, Matthew Liberatore, Kumar Rocker and Brice Turang. Liu played shortstop in the tournament.

In the Asian tournament recently completed Liu was clocked at 101 miles per hour with his fastball. According to CPBLstats.com he also crushed several homeruns while hitting from both sides of the plate, though it was not clear if this was from batting practice or during games. It was also stated by CPBLstats that Liu is the backup replacement to C.C. Lee on the Premier 12 roster for Taiwan. Lee had to recently withdraw his name from the roster. Red Sox fans may be able to watch their future star play in the Premier 12, though they have had a number of players signed out of Taiwan, with few of them making an impact in the major leagues.

You can go to CPBLstats.com to see some youtube video of Liu hitting a homerun and pitching. He has a pretty swing. The video shows a maximum velocity of 157kph, which is close to 98. He does have a good breaking ball. He sits at 152-154 kph, but gets a lot of swings and misses with his breaking pitch. He closed out the championship win against Japan in the Asian championship, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings and striking out five. You can also see his performance against Japan at CPBLstats.com.

Taiwan Upsets Japan in Asia Baseball Championship

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Taiwan upset Japan 5-4 in the Asian Baseball Championship. The win qualifies them for the last Olympic qualifier that will be played in April 2020 in Taiwan. China won the third place game 8-6 against Korea to become the second team eligible for the qualifier. Netherlands will also be in that qualifier as well as the second and third place teams in the Americas qualifier that will be played in March 2020. Japan has already qualified because they are hosting the Olympics.

The big hits for Taiwan were a bases loaded triple by Chin-te Chang and a two run double by Chien-ming Chiang. It was the first win for Taiwan in the Asian championship since 2001. Japan had won six of the past seven Asian championships, Korea interrupting their run when they won it in 2014. Taiwan had a streak of finishing second the last four championships.

The loss by Korea means their only opportunity to qualify for the Olympics next year is to finish in the top two at the Premier 12 to be held in a couple weeks, with the finals held in Japan.

Monkeys Win the Taiwan Championship

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

They lost the second game to the Chinatrust Brothers to even the series at 1-1, but they won the last three, including the fifth game 20-3 to win a third consecutive CPBL championship. A nine run first inning, eight of them off Brothers starter Elih Villanueva, who could retire only two batters, put the game out of reach early. The Lamiga Monkeys starting pitcher Michael Nix went six innings to get the win.

The Monkeys have now won seven championships, six of them since 2012. Only the Uni-President Lions with nine have won more. Rakuten has recently bought the LaMiga Monkeys and their name could change to the Rakuten Eagles, similar to their Japanese team name, or a more unique Rakuten Monkeys.

Lin Li was named MVP of the Series for his .520 batting average and three homeruns and 11 RBIs in five games. He had two homeruns in the final game, a three run blast in the first and a solo shot later in the game. Shih-Hao Liu powered a grand slam homerun in the first inning to up the score to 6-0. Li closed out the scoring with his three run shot. Cheng-Fei Lin and Chun-Hsui Chen also went deep for the Monkeys.

Taiwan Roster for Premier 12

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Taiwan has some ex-major leaguers on their roster, or players who played in the minor leagues. C.C. Lee could be their closer. Taiwan will be hosting one of the three pool plays. Most of the players are playing in the China Professional Baseball League (CPBL). A few are playing in Japan or in the minor leagues in the United States. There is one player considered an amateur on the roster.

Pitchers

Chen Yu-Hsun (Lamiga Monkeys), Wang Yao-Lin (LaMiga Monkeys), Huang Tzu-Peng (LaMiga Monkeys), Chen Hung-Wen (Fubon Guardians), C.C. Lee (Chinatrust Brothers), Liao Yi-Chung (Chinatrust Brothers), Hu Chih-Wei (Chicago Cubs), Chiang Shao-Ching (Cleveland Indians), Lin Kai-Wei (Arizona Diamondbacks), Chen Kuan-Yu (Chibba Lotte Marines), Sung Chia-Hao (Rakuten Golden Eagles), Chang Yi (Orix Buffaloes), Wu Sheng-Feng (Taiwan Cooperative Bank)

Catchers

Lin Hung-Yu (LaMiga Monkeys), Kao Yu-Chieh (Chinatrust Brothers), Lin Yu-Le (Uni Lions)

Infielders

Chen Chun-Hsiu (LaMiga Monkeys), Kuo Yen-Wen (LaMiga Monkeys), Lin Li (LaMiga Monkeys), Wang Wei-Chen (Chnatrust Brothers), Wang Seng-Wei (Chinatrust Brothers), Yueh Tung-Hua (Chinatrust Brothers),

Outfielders

Chu Yu-Hsien (LaMiga Monkeys), Lin Che-Hsuan (Fubon Guardians), Hu Chin-Lung (Fubon Guardians), Chan Tzu-Hsien (Chinatrust Brothers), Su Chih-Chieh (Uni Lions), Wang Po-Jung (Nippon Ham Fighters

Brothers Win Second Half in CPBL

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

The Chinatrust Brothers won the second half of the China Professional Baseball League and will likely face the LaMiga Monkeys, who won the first half. Last year the Monkeys won both halves and played the winner of a playoff. The Monkeys have won the last two CPBL championships, beating the Brothers in 2017. They have recently been purchased by Rakuten and will have a new name in 2020. The season still as a week left and there is a chance the Fubon Guardians could win the overall best record.

The Brothers last won a championship in 2010 when they were called the Brother Elephants. They would like to give a nice send off to 41 year old Peng Cheng-min, who played 19 seasons for the Brothers. He finished his CPBL career as the second player to reach 2000 hits.

Rakuten Buys the LaMigo Monkeys

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Myworld liked the name LaMigo Monkeys. With the purchase of the team by Rakuten the new name could change to Rakuten Golden Eagles. Rakuten has a Japanese team in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) that is named the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Myworld would not object to the Rakuten Golden Monkeys.

Apparently the team will stay in Taoyuan City. Bummer about the name change.

Under 18 All World Team

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Yu Chien, who pitched the championship match against the United States was named MVP. Below is the All World Team for 18 and under by position.

Catcher - Juan Gonzalez (Spain) - .323, 8 runs scored, 9 RBIs, 4 doubles
First Base - Yuya Nirasawa (Japan) - .345, 8 runs scored
Second Base - Ji-chan Kim (Korea) - .528, 11 runs scored, 10 stolen bases
Third Base - Shun-Ho Wang (Taiwan) - .364, 8 runs scored, .682 slugging, 3 stolen bases
Shortstop - Austin Gomm (Canada) - .345, 7 runs scored, 10 RBIs
Left Field - Darryl Collins (Netherlands) - .345, 8 runs scored, 12 RBIs, .759 slugging
Centerfield - Pete Crow-Armstrong (United States) - .364, 9 runs scored, 3 triples, .606 slugging, 3 stolen base
Rightfield - Robert Hassell (United States) - .514, 14 runs scored, 14 RBIs, 5 doubles, 2 homeruns, .886 slugging
Designated Hitter - Tyler Soderstrom (United States) - .294, 10 RBIs
Relief Pitcher - Alejandro Rosario (United States) - 3-0, 1.30 ERA
Starting Pitcher - Yasunobu Okugawa (Japan) - 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 18 K’s in 7 innings pitched, .083 batting average against
MVP - Chien Yu (Taiwan) - 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 saves, 15 K’s in 10 innings pitched

Taiwan Wins the Under 18 World Cup

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

It has been a pretty good 2019 baseball season for Taiwan. Earlier in the year they won the 12 and under World Cup by beating Japan. This time it was the United States who they beat in the older division.

Taiwan 2 United States 1

Chien Yu had major league scouts drooling, shutting out a group of potential number one draft picks on three hits for 6.2 innings, striking out seven. The four time defending champion United States could not figure out Yu, whose only other two appearances were in relief when he picked up two saves. He gave up just four hits in his 10 innings of work, striking out 15.

Taiwan broke a 0-0 tie in the fifth with an RBI single by Tzu-Wei Lin. Shun-Ho Wang got the inning started with a triple. Taiwan added an insurance run in the eighth on a Wie-Chieh Lo RBI single. Lo was a second round pick of the CPBL Uni Lions and just signed a contract prior to the tournament. Lin started the eighth inning with a single.

The United States attempted a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Singles by Robert Hassell and Colby Halter and an error scored one run and put runners on first and third with two outs. Po-Yu Chen, working his second inning was able to get Jack Bulger to fly out to right to end the game. Unlike Chien, Chen had started his first two games and he was called on in relief to secure the championship for Taiwan.

In pool play the United States had beaten Taiwan on the second day of the tournament 8-1.

Korea 6 Australia 5

Korea won the bronze medal game. Juh-Yeong Lee blasted a two run homer in the top of the ninth to give Korea the victory. For Lee it was his only two RBIs of the tournament. The leadoff hitter did score 10 runs and hit .364. Hyeong-jun So retired all three hitters he faced in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the victory for Korea. The Australians committed four errors in the game, allowing three unearned runs to score.

Chris Burke went 3 for 4 with three doubles and three RBIs to lead Australia. He finished the tournament with a .361 average and seven doubles.