Sunday, July 26, 2015

Other Players From MLB China Developmental Center, CBL Video...

Here's an interesting entry from the Wechat blog about other MLB DC players from China. Four players will be joining the Europe 2015 MLB Elite Camp on August 1st. You might remember Liwi Huang 黃立威 and Aaron Cheng 陈燕鹏 from the Australian Baseball League. Here are the other two we haven't met yet!
  • Liu Yu Jun 刘宇钧 (Taz) is an 18 year pitcher originally from Taiwan who is currently in the Changzhou development center. He can throw around 142 km/hr (88 mph) with great command and has a very solid curve ball. It's not a 100 mph, but he must have something the coaches liked so I'm rooting for this kid to do well! 加油!
  • Suo Nan Da Jie 索南达杰 (DJ) is outfielder who is also from the Changzhou development center. There isn't much about him, but it looks like he can switch hit. I'll update as soon as I get more information about him. Also, good luck to this kid too! 
In other news...

If you're wondering how games are like in CBL, here's a 15 minute video of some games played earlier this year. Can't say it's doing great, but at least people are enjoying baseball in China! Week 3 of CBL will conclude on 7/30 and the playoffs will start 8/7. Also I forgot to report that the Henan team won the division in group B of CBL so they will go on to face the original CBL teams in the playoff. 

That's it for now. I hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks for reading and have a great evening! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Bit More Info About Xu Gui Yuan...

(Article from World Journal. Disregard that Wei Yin Chen photo hog)
Here's a bit more info about our new Chinese sensation Xu Gui Yuan:

Chinese name: 許桂源
Date of Birth: January 29, 1996
Height: 180 cm (6"0)  Weight: 85 kg (188 lbs)
Hometown: Shenzhen 深圳
Position: First base/Outfield
Bat/Throw: Left/Left
Favorite Player: Ichiro Suzuki 
Random fact: He was originally a pitcher, but pitchers get Tommy John surgery too often so he switched to becoming a full-time hitter (Okay, I made the last part up).

Also found some articles in Chinese if anyone prefers reading in Chinese...
World Journal
Sina News
SET Taiwan News
LTN News
CBA Website
Here's a bonus link about other past players that have signed with MLB or NPB

Anyway, thank you for reading this short update. I'm really excited about the future. I can't wait to see more players from China coming over to the states! Also, week 3 of China Baseball League will resume on Saturday. I will try my best to keep you updated! Have fun and believe!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Baltimore Orioles Sign the First Player From China MLB Development Academy, Xu Gui Yuan

Today is a great day in Chinese Baseball, but for others it's just a Monday...

Baltimore Orioles announced the signing of the first Chinese player from the China MLB development academy. Xu Gui Yuan, nickname "Itchy" (internet casual racists must be having fun with this) is a 19 year old kid from Shenzhen, China. He's been in the academy since 2010 and was named two-time China National Youth MVP and two-time MLB Taiwan Elite Camp All-star. The Orioles signed him for $10,000 which is nothing compared to those folks down in Latin America. Xu will report to the Gulf Coast League team in Sarasota. I wish nothing but luck to this kid. He will make it to the show in 3-4 years! Bet on it!

Here are other links to the signing: (No Chinese articles yet)
Masnsports
BaltimoreSun
FoxSports

I'm a little late, but here are the results from Universiade Gwangju 2015 baseball tournament results from a week ago. One surprsiing result was China defeating Mexico 5-4. They usually carry a strong team, but I guess China decided to be good in that game!

Thanks for reading the short update. Hopefully, more great news come! Have a great night Chinese baseball fans!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CBL Week 1 and 2 Results

Here are the results for the first 2 weeks of the CBL season.

Standings from the first 2 weeks:
Teams
W
L
Beijing Tigers
7
3
Jiangsu Pegasus
7
3
Shanghai Golden Eagles
5
5
Tianjin Lions
4
6
Sichuan Dragons
3
7
Guangdong Leopards
3
7

Week 3 results should be up around this week and I'll update the standings after. Anyway thanks for stopping by for the short update! Haven't been posting a lot lately because... well it's summer! Hope you all had a great 4th of July!