Saturday, June 25, 2016

Today, Xu Gui Yuan Made His Professional Debut! MLB Development Center Players, Other News!

Finally the long wait is over! Xu Gui Yuan 許桂源 made his professional baseball debut today for the Gulf Coast League Orioles going 1-1 with a pinch hit single. He is officially batting 1.000! For those who don't know remember, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles last year for a mere $30,000 and became the first Chinese player to be signed from the MLB Developmental Center in China. Not to be confused with Wang Chao who was actually the first Chinese player to be signed by a MLB team back in 2001. OH MAN! I'M SO HYPED!!! I can't wait to see how Xu progresses throughout the season. The Gulf Coast League (Rookie) plays around 61 games a year so there's plenty of chance for him to shine. Best of luck to 許桂源! 加油!


MLB Developmental Center News:

It's been a long time since we heard about players from the MLB developmental center. The WeChat micro-bloggers finally put up a nice article about the players. 

  • U14 Players from the center. Definitely some interesting looking kids. They will be participating in one of the Little League World Series Qualifiers in Taiwan. Here's the schedule if you're curious:

  • The U18 Crew. John Foster, a former MLB pitcher for the Atlanta Braves is one of the head coaches this year for the youngsters. Hopefully, one of these great players will be joining Xu Gui Yuan State side within the next 3 years. 
Other Interesting Stuff (Also not in English):
  • Here's an entry by a writer name "Vegetable" talking about baseball after the 2008 Olympics. As you can see, we need more support in the China Baseball League in order for baseball to thrive! I know many of you 來外 (Non-Chinese) like to come to my blog and ask where to see a baseball game. Well I encourage you to keep asking! Thanks for supporting China baseball!
  • The EDA Rhinos of the CPBL in Taiwan have announced that they are looking for a new owner. They stated that the team will not disband even if there are no prospective shoppers. Only 3 teams would remain if that happened. It looks like an expansion won't be happening anytime soon. I really like Taiwanese baseball too...
  • Speaking of Taiwan, here's a nice guide to Taiwanese Baseball by a very enthusiastic fan on Reddit. You can keep track of all the teams and their foreign players there. 
  • Also, here are the results of the Cross-Strait Tournament if anyone is interested (Chinese...sorry!).

That's about it! China Baseball League returns next week! I will keep track of Xu Gui Yuan and keep everyone updated! Thanks for reading and have a great night! 

2 comments:

  1. I'm traveling to Beijing from 7/1-7/23 and would love to see a game. I am having trouble locating the Tigers' stadium. Any info you could give me about tickets, stadium location, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. I believe it's here.
      https://www.google.com/maps/place/Luchengxiang,+Daxing,+Beijing,+China/@39.7546132,116.2962209,17.04z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x35f03623753c1bcf:0x20c9b19c6cf52dc9!8m2!3d39.754333!4d116.297048

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