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Sunday, May 03, 2020

Guardian: 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez considers return to baseball at 47

Retired MLB superstar Manny Ramirez is considering a return to baseball in Taiwan at the age of 47 . . .

Ramirez, who turns 48 next month, told the Taiwan Times he would like to return in a player-coach role.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sorting Out Who’s Hu In Taiwanese Baseball is a Welcome Challenge

Hu? The name took me back, and even more than a decade later, accounted for a substantial percentage of what I knew about Taiwanese players in the professional ranks. Circa 2008, Chin-Lung Hu was considered a Top 100 prospect by both Baseball America (no. 55) and Baseball Prospectus (no. 32), and the third-best prospect on the Dodgers behind Clayton Kershaw, who panned out, and Andy LaRoche, who did not. I’d written about him a couple of times for the Baseball Prospectus annuals, noting that his acrobatic fielding conjured up comparisons to Omar Vizquel and forecast for future Gold Gloves as well as the bat speed to hit .300 at the major league level. A dozen years later, here he was, halfway around the globe and fresh off a milestone and a bit of history: his 1,000th hit in the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the only professional baseball league currently playing its regular season, albeit to empty ballparks — and with the fewest games played (704) to reach that mark to boot.

Alas, I had actually missed the momentous knock, but caught up with it on Twitter a short while after via the Eleven Sports Taiwan account, which was streaming an English-language broadcast of Saturday’s game between the Rakuten Monkeys and the Fubon Guardians (Hu’s team). The Guardians had been on the short end of a 12-2 rout in the eighth inning when Hu, who had gone 0-for-4 in pursuit of hit number 1,000, singled just to the right of second base, plating a run.

An inning and maybe 45 minutes later — shortly after 9:30 AM in Brooklyn, where I had my 3 1/2-year-old daughter in my lap as we peered at a foreign but recognizable version of the national pastime — the announcers were still talking about Hu’s hit, because he was up again in what was now a 12-5 game. With men on first and second and two outs, he grounded into a potential game-ending double play, but the second baseman’s throw had pulled the shortstop well off the bag, and Hu beat the throw to first. The Guardians’ manager actually challenged the call via instant replay but was denied. The inning continued, and the game eventually ended 12-9, still a win for the undefeated (4-0) Monkeys.

My appetite had been whetted, to say the least.

A story that may be of interest to those participating in the Omnichatter.

 

QLE Posted: April 21, 2020 at 01:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: chin-lung hu, chinese professional baseball league, jay jaffe

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Chinese Professional Baseball League OMNICHATTER

By popular demand, a thread dedicated to discussing this league and its activities.

QLE Posted: April 17, 2020 at 04:26 PM | 404 comment(s)
  Beats: chinese professional baseball league, omnichatter

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Professional baseball is back — in Taiwan, where robots will be the spectators

America’s pastime is returning this weekend, nearly 8,000 miles away from the sport’s birthplace — in front of robot mannequins in the stands.

Taiwan, credited for early detection of the novel coronavirus, will reap a very American reward for its efforts on Saturday as island residents tune into the world’s first competitive pro baseball game since the pandemic led to a mass economic shutdown.

The coronavirus pandemic forced a timeout for virtually all world sports last month, with Major League Baseball suspending play during spring training, about two weeks before the start of real games.

And while MLB officials and players weigh unconventional plans to get the sport restarted in North America, the defending Chinese Professional Baseball League champion Rakuten Monkeys and traditional power Chinatrust Brothers get to play for real.

News that may be of interest to quite a few people here, if I’ve been following some of the discussions correctly.

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chinese professional baseball league, taiwan

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Taiwanese baseball team replacing fans with ‘robot mannequins’ to open season

Crisis breeds innovation.

And this? Well, this probably counts.

Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League is scheduled to get underway on Saturday as a sign of a return to normalcy after the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league’s start date was pushed back twice from March 14 because of the pandemic.

Like in the United States, fans in China are still not permitted to gather in large groups, meaning games will be played in empty stadiums.

Well, things are rather surreal as is- why not add to it?

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2020 at 01:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: chinese professional baseball league, robots in baseball, taiwan

 

 

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