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Friday, November 04, 2016

Prospecting on the Beautiful Island

As the game of baseball continues to globalize, major league organizations are looking beyond the prospect hotbeds in the Americas. For many organizations, this includes scouting in Taiwan, which 16th-century Portuguese sailors dubbed Formosa, “The Beautiful Island,” owing to its natural fusion of green fields, forest ranges, mountain tops and water bodies.
The San Diego Padres, for example, recently signed Taiwanese pitcher Wen-Hua Sung, who turned 20 in September. Sung, whom the local media dubbed “Junior Hero” when he represented Chinese Taipei in the 2009 Little League World Series finals, also pitched on the 2013 IBAUF under-18 World Cup team.

As the first Asian amateur signee in the club’s 47-year history, Sung said in Mandarin Chinese that it makes him feel “happy because, as the first one, there must be more people in the future…If they have the ability, they can come here.”

This also generates fan interest. When watching other Taiwanese play internationally, “people unite,” the right-hander said. Prior to Sung, other players from the island included Wei-Yin Chen, Chin-Feng Chen, C.C. Lee, Chien-Ming Wang, Chin-Hui Tsao, Hong-Chih Kuo, and Chin-Lung Hu.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 04:59 PM | 1 comment(s)
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