Friday, October 2, 2015

A Look at Taiwan's Premier 12 Roster, Schedule...

Whoa! It's October already?!

Not a lot of baseball news coming from China, but we can take a look at the Taiwanese roster in this upcoming Premier 12 tournament. China won't be participating because...they aren't one of the top 12 ranking baseball teams in the world according to WBSC/IBAF. It's alright, China will always be number one here!

Anyway, we'll root for our cross straight rivals since they are kind of like the next of kin...
There's a lot of good talent on the team, including NPB and former and current minor leaguers. I've included links to all of their stats if you're interested:

ROSTER

Head Coach: 
郭泰源 Kaku Taigen - The legendary Taiwanese pitcher of the Seibu Lions will be coaching the first ever Premier 12. Interesting story about him. He could've been a MLB player, but because his brother had some sort of business debt he signed him over to a Japanese club.

Pitchers:
陳禹勳 Chen Yu Hsun - RHP - Lamigo Monkeys
林柏佑 Lin Po Yu - RHP - Lamigo Monkeys - Former Chicago Whitesox farmhand 07-08.
潘威倫 Pan Wei Lun RHP - Uni-President Lions - He was one of the top pitchers of CBPL from 2003-2010, but injuries hit him hard.
陳鴻文 Chen Hung Wen - RHP - Chinatrust Brothers - Former Chicago Cubs farmhand 07-11, made it to AAA.
羅嘉仁 Lo Chia Jen - RHP - EDA Rhinos - Made a brief appearance for the Houston Astros in 2013. Had a rocket arm with no control.
倪福德 Ni Fu Te - LHP - EDA Rhinos - Was one of the first pitcher (and only) to jump from CPBL to MLB. Pitched for the Detroit Tigers 09-10.
林子崴 Lin Tzu Wei - LHP - Uni-President Lions - Not to be confused with the Boston Redsox prospect. He got a huge signing bonus to play for the Lion (Only 20 years old and 92 mph fastball)
王鏡銘 Wang Ching Ming - RHP - Uni-President Lions
陳冠宇 - Chen Kuan Yu - LHP - Chiba Lotte Marines - Having a decent second year in NPB. Here's a clip of him.
郭俊麟 Kuo Chun Lin - RHP - Seibu Lions - Having a horrible rookie season. Throws 96 mph.
羅國華 Lo Kuo Hua - RHP - Minnesota Twins - Been in the minors since 2012, another flamethrower, still in Rookie level.
呂彥青 Lu Yen Ching - LHP - National Taiwan Sports University - Youngest pitcher from the group
宋家豪 Sung Chia Hao - RHP - Uni-President Lions - Was drafted this year, throws 94 mph.

Catchers:
林泓育 Lin Hung Yu - Lamigo Monkeys - Top hitting catcher of CPBL
高志綱 Kao Chih Kang - Uni-President Lions - veteran catcher of the league
張進德 Jhang Jin De - Pittsburgh Pirates - Had a breakout year at A+ level, should be going to double A next year!

Infielders:
郭嚴文 Kuo Yen Wen - 2B - Lamigo Monkeys
陳俊秀 Chen Chun Hsui - 1B - Lamigo Monkeys - Having a breakout year, leading the league in RBIs.
林智勝 Lin Chih Sheng - SS - Lamigo Monkeys - One of the most popular player in CPBL. Also having a crazy year, sometimes a jerk.
林益全 Lin Yi Chuan - 1B - EDA Rhinos - Another player having a crazy year, top 5 in HRs, RBI and AVG.
陳鏞基 Chen Yung Chih - SS - Uni-President Lions
林志祥 Lin Chih Hsiang - 2B - Uni-President Lions
蔣智賢 Chiang Chih Hsien - 2B - Chinatrust Brothers - Was in the minors for along time with Boston Redsox. He will join the Brothers next season.

Outfielders:
高國輝 Kao Kuo Hui - EDA Rhinos - Was in the Seattle Mariners system from 06-11. He broke the CPBL homerun record this year. Here's a clip with most of his dingers.
張建銘 Chang Chien Ming - EDA Rhinos - Veteran player, still hits for average.
張志豪 Chang Chih Hao - Chinatrust Brothers
陽岱鋼 Yang Dai Kang - Nippon Ham Fighters - Hero of WBC 13, having an off year due to injuries. Really nice guy!
王柏融 Wang Po Jung - Lamigo Monkeys

Notes:

  • Chien Ming Wang. Remember him? He declined the invitation due to the long season he had. I still think he wants a shot at the Majors before calling it. Good luck to him!
  • Peng Cheng Min, the popular first basemen from Chinatrust Brothers, won't be participating as well. He signed a 10 year deal with them in 2011 and will spend half of those remaining years being a coach. 
  • Other missing notable prospects: Tseng Jen Ho, Wang Wei Chung, Tzu Wei Lin (Redsox)
  • Major leaguers won't be in Premier 12...WBC 17 is far away...
VENUE AND SCHEDULE FOR TAIWAN

As you may have heard by now, the tournament will be hosted in Taiwan and Japan. If you're interested in catching a game in Taiwan, you can find more information about the ticketing process here. Most of the Taiwan matches will be sold out, and the non-Taiwan matches will be...empty. Anyway here's the first round matches for Taiwan:


Location: 台中市洲際棒球場(台中市北屯區崇德路三段835)
Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium (Taichung Beitun District No. 835, Sec Zonta
Date
Time
Match
11/09
6:30 PM
Taiwan -- Netherlands
11/11
6:30 PM
Italy -- Taiwan
11/12
6:30 PM
Taiwan -- Canada
11/14
6:30 PM
Taiwan -- Cuba
11/15
12:30 PM
Puerto Rico -- Taiwan

Outcome and Bold Predication: Taiwan will win it all. 台彎加油!

Well, that's about it. If there's any questions please feel free to contact me. I will try my best to find out for you. Also, if there's anything I'm missing let me know!

Quick reminder before I depart. There will be the 5th annual Cross-Strait Baseball tournament taking place this month on 10/26 - 10/30. There aren't a lot of media coverage about it, but I'll dig around this time!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend. Hurricane Joaquin is coming through!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

2015 Asian Baseball Championship Results

Here are the 2015 Asian Championship results for China which took place in Taichung, Taiwan from September 16-20:

Date
 CHINA!

 OPPONENTS

9/16
China
0
Japan
12
9/17
China
2
Korea
12
9/18
China
0
Taiwan
7
9/19
China
13
Indonesia
2
9/20
China
5
Pakistan
0

Like usual, China gets their butt whooped by Japan, Korea and Taiwan, but manage to beat the lower tier teams in most of these Asian tournaments. You can check out the box scores from the link above, but it's all in PDF. Here's the full standing:

Country
W
L
Korea -1st
5
0
Taiwan - 2nd
4
1
Japan - 3rd
3
2
China
2
3
Pakistan
1
4
Indonesia
0
5

Another interesting news! The 2017 WBC qualifiers are set and qualifier 4 will take place in Brooklyn! F%@* YEAH! If anyone is interested in catching a game with me just leave me a message! Here's a quick round up:

  • Pakistan will replace Thailand in the qualifiers. Woah! Pakistan? They have been steadily improving over the last few years so it makes sense. Maybe MLB should start investing there more than India.
  • Germany will not host this time. Instead, Brooklyn will host because it has a huge Jewish population. The MCU Ballpark holds around 7,500 spectators.
  • Also, I can't wait! 
Anyway, I haven't had much time to update because of school and the usual. If I see anything interesting, it'll be posted on my Twitter. Thanks for reading and have a great night!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

And NEW 2015 CBL Champion, Jiangsu Pegasus!


Well, there you have it! It's August and the 2015 CBL season is already over. The winner of this series in the result of a sweep, and NEWWWWW champion, The Jiangsu Pegasus. After beating the Beijing Tigers Friday 6-5 in extra innings, they won in dramatic fashion yesterday with a come from behind victory 4-1. This is the first title Jiangsu has ever won after being such a lousy team for so long. Congratulations!

Also...The Sichuan Dragons swept the Henan team so they won't be regulated next year. Here's a little chart and some links to the CBL final results:

8/7/15
Jiangsu Pegasus
6
Beijing Tigers
5
Sichuan Dragons
5
Henan
0
8/8/15
Jiangsu Pegasus
4
Beijing Tigers
1
Sichuan Dragons
9
Henan
3


Anyway, there you have it. Thanks for reading the short update! More to come! More developmental players!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CBL Week 3 Results, Championship Series Bracket...

Here are the CBL week 3 (Wuxi) results from 7/25 - 7/30:

7/25/15
Beijing Tigers
9
Sichuan Dragons
4
Shanghai Golden Eagles
4
Tianjin Lions
1
Jiangsu Pegasus
15
Guangdong Leopards
1
7/26/15
Beijing Tigers
12
Shanghai Golden Eagles
0
Guangdong Leopards
7
Sichuan Dragons
3
Jiangsu Pegasus
14
Tianjin Lions
5
7/27/15
Beijing Tigers
9
Guangdong Leopards
4
Tianjin Lions
7
Sichuan Dragons
5
Jiangsu Pegasus
9
Shanghai Golden Eagles
4
7/29/15
Guangdong Leopards
7
Tianjin Lions
2
Shanghai Golden Eagles
11
Sichuan Dragons
1
Beijing Tigers
8
Jiangsu Pegasus
1
7/30/15
Shanghai Golden Eagles
4
Guangdong Leopards
3
Tianjin Lions
5
Beijing Tigers
2
Jiangsu Pegasus
7
Sichuan Dragons
5

And here's the standing after week 3 (end of the season)...

Teams
W
L
Beijing Tigers
11
4
Jiangsu Pegasus
11
4
Shanghai Golden Eagles
8
7
Tianjin Lions
6
9
Guangdong Leopards
4
11
Sichuan Dragons 
3
12


The Beijing Tigers will face the Jiangsu Pegasus for the CBL championship and Sichuan Dragons will face the team from Henan. I think the loser of that series will be regulated next year. Anyway, here's how the championship series bracket will look like assuming that Beijing is the top seed:

FINAL SERIES
Location: 广州天河 Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Complex
8/7/15
9:30 AM
Sichuan – Henan
6:30 PM
Jiangsu – Beijing
8/8/15
9:30 AM
Henan – Sichuan
6:30 PM
Beijing – Jiangsu
8/10/15
9:30 AM
Sichuan – Henan
6:30 PM
Jiangsu – Beijing

Some other interesting news...

  • Here's a short article about the MLB Elite Camp out in Netherlands. Players from China and New Zealand will also be participating this year. Any international news is always good news!
  • If you guys haven't heard, Taiwanese pitcher Chih-Wei Hu was traded from the Minnesota Twins to Tampa Bay Rays before the trade deadline. He's pitching great this year and also has a palm ball (kind of like a change up) which no one ever throws anymore. Whereever he is, I hope he'll make it to the majors!
Anyway, that is all. Go out and enjoy the weekend! Thanks for reading and have a great night!