Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Cuba will be the prohibitive favorite to win the tourney and defend their title. They should have the best overall talent going into World Cup play, as other nations assemble mostly minor league players as well as players from their country's respective domestic leagues/universities.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Over in Italy, Taiwan's senior NT LOST to China 3-2. I know this is a tuneup for the World Cup, but 2 losses to Italy and China does not forbode well for Taiwan's chances of medaling in the September competition when it faces much tougher competition.
Friday, August 26, 2005
The good news for the team is that the reinforcements are coming - Chin-Lung Hu, Yung-Chi Chen, Po-Hsuan Keng, and Chi-Hung Cheng will be leaving their respective US minor league clubs shortly to join the rest of the team in Europe.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
You can follow the USA-Taiwan game here on Friday. May the best team win!
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
On September 1st, the team will travel to Holland for the World Cup. The good news for Taiwan is that it has been grouped in a different pool from Cuba; the bad news is that Taiwan is in the same group as the US, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Australia.
Group A: (1)Mexico 4-0 (2)USA 3-0 (3)Japan 2-2 (4)Netherlands 1-2 (5)Russia 1-2 (6)South Africa 0-4
Group B: (1)Cuba 3-0 (2)Chinese Taipei 1-1 (3)Australia 1-1 (4)Brazil 1-1 (5)Czechoslovakia 0-3
The individual group round robin games go through today and finish tomorrow 8/24/05. The top 4 teams from each group will play each other: Group A #1 vs Group B #4, Group B #2 vs Group A #3, etc. The winners advance to the semifinals on Saturday, August 27th. The Gold medal and Bronze medal games will be played the following day 8/28/05, to conclude the tourney and crown a new world youth champion. Team USA has won the past 3 world championships. USA is off to a hot start with tremendous starting pitching. Robert Stock has been as advertised, with a dominating 15K, 1 hit, 7 inning shutout performance vs. the Netherlands. Mexico and USA will clash on Thursday to determine first place in their group, while Taiwan and Australia will duke it out on Thursday to determine the runner-up to Cuba in Group B preliminary play.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Team Taiwan with fans - I'm in the upper right hand corner :)
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Tentatively the roster is as follows:
Coach - Chih-Shien Yeh
Asst Coach - Jung-Tang Kung
Asst Coach - Wu-Hsiung Huang
Asst Coach - Kun-Han Lin
Asst Coach - Gilbert Rondon
There are initially 10 pitchers selected:
7)Chien-Ming Chiang - YOMIURI GIANTS
8)Po-Hsuan Keng - TORONTO BLUE JAYS
9) Chi-Hung Cheng - TORONTO BLUE JAYS
10) Sung-Wei Tseng - played for the Anchorage Bucs this past summer
16) Chiang-Ho Chen
17) Yin-Chuan Lin
18)Sheng-Wei Wang - played for the Anchorage Bucs this past summer
19)Yung-Chi Chen - SEATTLE MARINERS
20)Chin-Lung Hu - LOS ANGELES DODGERS
22)Kuo-Hui Lo - SEATTLE MARINERS
*Players in blue demarcate those who played in the So Cal - US tour this past summer.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
1) Chen (Dodgers) - 1990 Little League World Series Champs
2) Cheng (Blue Jays) - 1996 Little League World Series Champs
3) Wu (Mariners) - 1996 Little League World Series Champs
4) Lo (Rockies) - 2000 Pony League World Series Champs
Several other players have also participated in these youth competitions and gone on to pro careers in Taiwan's domestic league as well as in Japan.
Essentially, many of these games are previews of Taiwan's future baseball stars.
For a list of Taiwanese baseball players here in the US, check out this site run by Frank. He also has a complete list of all Asian baseball players here in the US.
In Pony baseball action (a youth baseball organization separate from Little League) , the Chinese Taipei representatives lost in the Bronco age division (11-12 year olds) in the championship game versus Puerto Rico 2-1. Game results can be found here. Chinese Taipei's roster and photo can be found here.
In the Palomino age division (17-18 year olds) of Pony baseball, Chinese Taipei lost in the semifinals to the eventual champions - Santa Clara, CA 3-2.
Chinese Taipei will have one last shot at winning a world championship in the Pony division (13-14 year olds) World Series beginning August 13th. Be sure to follow all the action here.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
This picture was taken by a fellow Chinese Taipei baseball fan who goes by Citybear.
Lo is listed as 6'2" and 182 pounds. That sounds about right, cuz I'm 5'9" and 162 pounds.
Big props to Citybear for taking this photo. For those of you interested in more pics of Friday's game, check out Citybear's pics at his site. He's got a much better camera than I have.
I'm gonna frame this baby!
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Lo (52) practicing bunting, Chen (99) - starting pitcher in center of pictureLiao (11) - starting OF warming up Lin (25) IF
Starting catcher Chen (22)
Look for a number of these kids to star at the next level, collegiate or pro.
7 Chen Yu Chung (CF) In 4 AB's had 0 hits, 1 walk, a sacrifice bunt, and K'd once
8 Chih Yao Chan (RF) In 4 AB's had 2 singles, and a run scored
25 Yin Chuan Lin (3B) In 4 AB's had a double - RBI, K'd once
52 Kuo Hui Lo (DH) In 4 AB's had a single - RBI, K'd once
45 Chun Yu Kuo (1B) In 4 AB's had a single
11 Ying Chieg Liao (LF) In 3 AB's hitless
5 Chiang Ho Chen (2B) In 3 AB's had 2 singles
22 Chih Horng Chen (C) In 2 AB's hitless, K'd once
21 Ko Chien Lin (SS) In 3 AB's had a single, K'd once
99 Hong Wen Chen (SP) Pitched 6 strong innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 3 K's, 0 BB's, 1 hit batter
10 Kuan Yi Yang (C) Substituted for #22, had 1 AB - grounded out - showed good defense, threw out runner trying to advance to 2nd base
59 Yuan Chin Chu Pinch hit in the 9th inning - flied out
16 Chun Wun Chiou Pinch hit in the 9th inning - K'd
15 Chuang Hsun Tu Pinch hit in the 9th inning - K'd
61 Chia Min Tseng Relieved #99 in the 7th inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 BB
62 Chun Yan Tseng Relieved #61 for 8th,9th innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 1 K, 1 BB
Friday, August 05, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Baseball is played all over the world in regions from North America, Central America and the Caribbean, to Asia and Oceania. It is a growing sport that has seen the world's most populous country, China quickly establish a more competitive program in a matter of a few years.
What are the implications of the IOC decision on Taiwan baseball? Well, the most important result is the fact that funding for the development of CT's national team will be cut. Less money being spent on player development, equals the possibility of a decline in the current and future talent pool. Add to that the gambling scandal going on in the CPBL, and you have the potential for a decline in the sport's popularity. Once you lose the fans' trust, it's always hard to win back their support again. It would be a damned shame to see the progress that has been made by the current crop of aspiring baseball players here in the US, take a few steps backwards.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
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Well, here it is: my chance to hang out with an icon in the college baseball scene. Mr. Rod Dedeaux was gracious enough to pose with me as well as answer some questions I had for him. Even though he has aged physically, his mind is still sharp as a tack! Based on my conversation with him, I think Mr. Dedeaux had a big hand in helping the Chinese Taipei National team find some competitive games here in the US in preparation for the Baseball World Cup going on this September 2005 in Holland.