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! 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The 6th Annual Cross-Strait Championship, Weekend Update

The 6th Annual Cross-Strait Championship 2016年第6屆中信盃海峽兩岸棒球交流賽 will be taking place next week from 6/15 - 6/18. Here's the full schedule of the tournament (sorry, it's in Chinese):


Most of the teams from Taiwan are from big corporations that consists of former professional/college players. The games will be broadcasted live on Taiwan ELTA sports channel.



Weekend Notes 

  • Some MLB Developmental Center news! Here are some good pictures they took recently and it looks like they were celebrating "Family Day." It's nice that MLB is getting involved with the community. Can't wait for more players to be signed and separated from there parents... 
  • Here's a video of Jiangsu Pegasus RHP Chu Jing Fang teaching us shoulder strengthening exercises. Take a look at it (he's a handsome fella).
  • Also, here's an interesting piece by New York Times about Japanese missionaries teaching baseball in Africa. 

Well, that's about it. Hopefully we'll hear more about Xu Gui Yuan since Rookie League is about to start. The GCL Orioles haven't update their roster yet, but I think he will definitely be there! Have a great night and peace out!

Monday, June 6, 2016

CBL Week 2 Results

Hello everybody! Here are the results for Week 2 of CBL. I want to thank Mr. Mike Germaine and some wonderful Shanghai fans from WeChat for supplying me wonderful pictures for the week:

Pfft! They don't need no electronic scoreboard

Shanghai Chiao Tong University 


Sichaun Tigers Vs. Beijing Tigers




BOXSCORES!

6/3/16
FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Sichuan Dragons
2
10
1
Beijing Tigers
14
13
2

FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Jiangsu Pegasus  
8
12
2
Tianjin Lions
18
21
4

FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Guangdong Leopards
7
7
0
Shanghai Golden Eagles
11
10
2

6/4/16
FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Sichuan Dragons
0
5
0
Beijing Tigers
7
13
0

FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Jiangsu Pegasus  
3
6
2
Tianjin Lions
4
4
0

FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Guangdong Leopards
5
6
2
Shanghai Golden Eagles
6
7
0

6/5/16
FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Sichuan Dragons
5
13
1
Beijing Tigers
6
8
1

FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Jiangsu Pegasus  
14
15
1
Tianjin Lions
6
12
1

FINAL  - BOXSCORE
RUNS
HITS
ERROR
Guangdong Leopards
18
9
2
Shanghai Golden Eagles
7
7
0

STANDINGS

TEAMS
WIN
LOSS
Beijing Tigers
6
0
Tianjin Lions
4
2
Guangdong Leopards
3
3
Shanghai Golden Eagles
3
3
Sichuan Dragons
1
5
Jiangsu Pegasus
1
5

LEAGUE LEADERS 

They only have STATS for hitting:



NOTES:
  • The league will take a break for 3 weeks. The 6th Cross Strait Championship will take place in Taiwan from 6/14-6/18
  • The first Guangdong Leopard vs. Shanghai Golden Eagles game was rained out. They played a double header the next day. 
  • If anyone is in Nanjing from 7/17-7/18, you check out the MLB China Future Star Summer Camp
  • Remember that Korean-China baseball deal earlier year involving cheerleaders? HERE are the CHEERLEADERS! I like cheerleaders!

WELP! That's it for now. No professional baseball in China until July. I will post if there's anything interesting going on. Thanks for reading and have a great day! 


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

China's Shining Star: KT Wiz Pitcher Ju Kwon 주권 (朱權)


I just recently found out about Ju Kwon, a right-handed pitcher who plays for the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization. Ju was born in Jilin, China (right next to North Korea on the map) and is unsurprisingly an ethnic Korean. He immigrated to South Korea with his mother in 2005. In 2014, he was one of the first players to be drafted by the new expansion team KT Wiz and made  his debut last year. He made headlines recently by pitching a complete game shutout against the Nexen Heroes on May, 27th. You can check out the clip above! I'm not sure if Ju Kwon will ever play for Team China in the World Baseball Classic, but he will definitely make a great addition! I wish him the very best in KBO!

Here are some biographic info about Ju Kwon:
Chinese Name: 朱權       Korean Name: 주권
DOB: May-31-1995 (He just turned 21!)
Hometown: Jilin Province, China
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Team: KT Wiz
Position: RHP

Player Page/Stats 
Wiki Page (In Korean)
Shutout Article
Draft Article
Another Feature Article