Friday, October 31, 2014

Beijing Tigers Vs. Tianjin Lions Preview

First off, congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning their 3rd World Series title in the last 5 years. Personally, I was rooting for the Kansas City Royals, but gotta give props to Madison Bumgarner (the savior) for winning it for the Giants. If you watched the playoffs this year, it was full of passion and fire, especially from the Royals. That's how baseball should be played. I hope more and more people see baseball for what it is instead of some boring old men's game. Anyway, here's the promotional poster for the CBL championship game!

(Like a movie!)

It will be the Beijing Tigers Vs. the Tianjin Lions for the CBL championship in a best of 3 series. The official CBA website has a preview on both teams, which favors the Lions. In 6 games, Lions pitching only gave up 7 runs with a team ERA of 1.31 and 51 strikeouts! Well, they do have Li Xin and Li Zi Liang who are considered top pitchers of CBL. On the other side, the Tigers do have 20 year old Yang Hai Fan (my personal favorite). He pitched a complete game shutout against Jiangsu Pegasus the last time he pitched. Anyway, here's the schedule again:

Date
Game
Time CST
Match
Venue
October 31
1
11:00 AM
Bejing Vs. Tianjin
Tianjin
November 1
2
11:00 AM
Tianjin Vs. Beijing
Beijing
November 2
3
11:00 AM
Tianjin Vs. Beijing
Beijing

Prediction: Lions in 2! 

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend. I'll update the score as soon as I find out! Thanks for reading and 再見!

Monday, October 27, 2014

CBL Week 2 Results, Lamigo Monkeys Win The Taiwan Series, RIP Oscar Taveras...

First off, congratulations to the Lamigo Monkeys winning the 2014 CPBL Taiwan Series. They beat the Chinatrust Brother Elephants 4 games to 1. Long time veteran Chen Chin Feng might announce his retirement after this year. I've been following him with Chien Ming Wang and Hong Chih Kuo since mid 2000s. Good luck to wherever he goes!

Anyway, here are the scores for this week's CBL games and pictures:


North
Beijing Tigers (5-1)
Jiangsu Pegasus (1-5)
10/24/14
2
9
10/25/14
1
0
10/26/14
8
5
South
Tianjin Lions (6-0)
Guangdong Leopards (0-6)
10/24/14
13
0
10/25/14
15
1
10/26/14
4
1


Image credit: szlaose
Image credit: szlaose
Image credit: szlaose
I apologize again for not having a boxscore or anything, but I do have some recap in ChineseThe Jiangsu Pegasus finally won a game. I can't imagine if they swept the Beijing Tigers with three games a piece. Who will advance to the championship game? I guess they never thought of that! Also, our favorite pitcher Yang Haifan who pitched fairly well in the Asian Games, pitched a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts against Jiangsu. Hopefully, the 20 year old sensation will turn some heads oversea and earn a minor league deal either in Taiwan, Japan or the States!

On the other side of town, Tianjin Lions completely destroyed the Guangdong Leopards again. They will finish the season as the top team of the league (obviously). They will face the Tigers for the championship game next week starting October 31st. 


Also, there's an interesting article on the promotion of baseball in China. Former player Sun Ling Feng talks about his experience over the years trying to promote baseball through rough times. Basically, after beating Taiwan in WBC 09, things haven't worked out the way they wanted and baseball did not explode in China. But the effort is still there and alive. I'm with you Sun Ling Feng!

Alright! Before I go, I would like to pay my respect to Oscar Taveras. Today, the 22 year old outfielder of the St. Louis Cardinals died in a car accident with his girlfriend in Dominican Republic. He was a young and exciting player coming up the system. I can't believe people can just disappear with a blink of an eye. Always live life the fullest with no regret and dream big...RIP. Thanks for reading and have a good night. 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

China Baseball League Opening Weekend Results, Charity Work and More!

Hey Everyone, It's been a while! I know, I know....sorry for the lack of update, but I finally found some time to post. There's a lot of baseball news to talk about!

CBL Opening Weekend
After being delayed twice, the league finally started last week. Here are the results of the first six game and some opening day photos from their official Weibo account.


North
Beijing Tigers (3-0)
Jiangsu Pegasus (0-3)
10/18/14
8
2
10/19/14
10
4
10/20/14
6
4
South
Tianjin Lions (3-0)
Guangdong Leopards (0-3)
10/18/14
6
1
10/19/14
9
3
10/20/14
15
1


Image Credit: CBL

Image Credit: CBL

Image Credit: CBL
Sorry for the crappy chart, I had a tough time going through their micro-blogging website to look for the results. Since there isn't an official website, it doesn't seem like there's any official box score or anything. I would appreciate if anyone found anything!

Anyway, it looks like the Beijing Tigers and the Tianjin Lions will face off for the championship once again. The two powerhouse swept their opponents and will probably do the same thing again next week. The attendance looked great during the first day, but a lot of empty seats after that. Also, there weren't a lot of news about CBL. My guess is that no one really knows how to cover the sport there or it's just no one cares about baseball (yet!). Anyway, I'm very optimistic that the league is back, and hopeful that better things will come in Chinese baseball world. After all, their slogan for this year is "Fighting for Home", welcoming back all the baseball enthusiast in China. 加油!

Speaking of good coverage, the CBL affiliated themselves with the New Sunshine Children's Palliative Care Fund, which raises awareness of children with leukemia. The players wrapped a yellow ribbon around their wrist representing their support. I always thought MLB affiliating themselves with cancer victims made the sport more family oriented. I hope more and more people in China will see the same thing with baseball!

Other Baseball Stuff!
In other news, remember the kid who won the baseball reality show in China? Here's the coverage about it. I don't find it significant at all because the media cares more about Tong Xuan Yi (cute celebrity chick) more than the kid, but hey pictures!

It looks like Korean sensation Jung-Ho Kang might be coming to the Major Leagues next year. The shortstop batted .360 this year with 38 homeruns! He will be posted by his KBO team Nexen Heroes. Whoever bids the highest wins the right to negotiate a contract with him. Good luck Jung Ho!

Anyway, that's about it for now. The World Series starts today between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants! It's a great time to be a baseball fan! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2014 Asia Series Officially Cancelled...

Well, it's official. The 2014 Asia Series won't be played this year due to scheduling conflicts and other unfortunate reasons.....

  • The commissioner of CPBL resigned this year because of a television broadcast dispute. Sucks to see the league in such a mess after coming back from all those gambling scandals. 
  • The NPB will be playing against the MLB all-stars this year, and won't have time to prepare for the Asia Series (not that they took it seriously in a while...)
  • KBO pushed their schedule back because of the Asian Games. Beats serving the military for two years!
Well...the good news is that the committee will meet in early 2015 about next year's Asia Series. They promise to continue the push of international baseball in Asia. I don't know what that really means, but it doesn't include those lower tier countries if you ask me. 

I hope the new CBL will be at least somewhat successful enough to get people to follow baseball in China. They are actually recruiting volunteers to help out the league. Anyway, thanks for reading and have a great night! 棒球加油!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

China Baseball League Starts in 2 Weeks!


As I mentioned before, the Chinese Baseball League 2014 season will be returning this year after being delayed up it's poop shack. It will be the first professional baseball game played in China since 2011 when the league folded due to financial troubles. The official website of China Baseball Association has posted the league rules and format, but I'll just give a quick run through about the season. 

Teams
There will only be a total of four teams competing this year. The Shanghai Eagles and the Sichuan Dragons won't be playing this year. There will be two divisions: The south and the north. 

North 北



Beijing Tigers (北京猛虎)
Year founded: 2002
Championships: (4) 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009


The Beijing Tigers is one of the most famous teams in China. When you ask people about CBL, they probably know them (I think). Besides being the most recognizable, they have won 4 national championships, second to their rival, the Tianjin Lions. One of the most notable players in the team is veteran catcher Wang Wei, who was once a minor leaguer for the Seattle Mariners. 
(Beijing Tigers/Property of CBL)




Jiangsu Pegasus (江苏天马)
Year founded: 2005
Championships: None 




Originally called the Hopestars, the Jiangsu Pegasus is probably the worst team in the league. They were built upon developing young and upcoming talent, but things didn't work out after the 2008 Summer Olympics. They changed their team name this year hoping to get rid of bad luck ( just saying).
(Jiangsu Pegasus/Property of CBL)



South 南

Tianjin Lions (天津雄狮)
Tear founded: 2002
Championships: (5) - 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011



Tianjin Lions is one of the most successful teams in the short history of CBL. They won the last championship before the league folded in 2011. They have also competed many times in the cross-strait tournament in Taiwan. The most notable player on the team is probably left handed pitcher Li Xin, who is considered the ace of the Chinese national team. He did not pitch that well during the Asian Games, but there's a lot of room for improvement since he's still only 22 years old. 
(Tianjin Lions/Property of CBL)




Guangdong Leopards (广东猎豹)
Team founded: 2002
Championships: (1) - 2010

Guangdong Leopards is the only other team that has won a championship besides the Tigers and the Lions. They were also the runner up four times! Talk about being a tough luck loser. There aren't any notable players that I know of, but we'll find out when the season starts!
(Guangdong Leopard/Property of CBL)


Schedule, Format and Venues
The season will begin on October 18 and end October 26. Yep, a total of twelve games will be played this year! Each team will play six games and the top division leader will face each other in a best of three series for the championship. It's better than nothing after being delayed two times this year. I hope the fans will come out and enjoy baseball after being absent for three years. They need all the support they can get. Anyway here is the schedule on the official website, but since I love making charts, here you go:

Week 1
Date
Game
Time CST
Match
Venue
October 18
1
11:00 AM
Beijing Tigers – Jiangsu Pegasus
Beijing Fengtai

2
6:00 PM
Guangdong Leopard – Tianjin Lions
Guangzhou Huangcun
October 19
3
11:00 AM
Beijing Tigers – Jiangsu Pegasus
Beijing Fengtai

4
6:00 PM
Guangdong Leopard – Tianjin Lions
Guangzhou Huangcun
October 20
5
11:00 AM
Beijing Tigers – Jiangsu Pegasus
Beijing Fengtai

6
6:00 PM
Guangdong Leopard – Tianjin Lions
Guangzhou Huangcun


Week 2
Date
Game
Time CST
Match
Venue
October 24
7
6:00 PM
Tianjin Lions – Guangdong Leopard
Tianjin Brigade

8
6:00 PM
Jiangsu Pegasus – Beijing Tigers
Wuxi New District
October 25
9
6:00 PM
Tianjin Lions – Guangdong Leopard
Tianjin Brigade

10
6:00 PM
Jiangsu Pegasus – Beijing Tigers
Wuxi New District
October 26
11
6:00 PM
Tianjin Lions – Guangdong Leopard
Tianjin Brigade

12
6:00 PM
Jiangsu Pegasus – Beijing Tigers
Wuxi New District

Finals
Date
Game
Time CST
Match
Venue
October 31
1
11:00 AM
North 1 – South 1
Pending
November 1
2
11:00 AM
North 1 – South 1
Pending
November 2
3
11:00 AM
North 1 – South 1
Pending

1st place winner: 150,000 Yuan
2nd place winner: 100.000 Yuan

Don't ask how much it is in USD, I'm too lazy to do that. Anyway, there you have it. Pretty sure I'm missing a lot of information, but I'll leave the official rules at the bottom. I won't be updating as much since nursing school is kicking my butt, but i'll update as much as I can when I have time. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Official CBL Schedule

Update 10/11:
If you're going to China next week and want to catch a game, you can buy tickets here. They're insanely cheap! Enjoy!