Thursday, November 27, 2008

More Turkey Day News....

*Seibu Lions RHP Ming-Chieh Hsu was only 1-3 with a 5.12 ERA this past season and spent a chunk of the season with the nigun team. However, he will remain with Seibu, albeit at a significantly reduced rate (he took a 20% cut and will receive 20 million yen in 2009). He is interested in playing for the NT at the WBC.

*RHP Chien-Ming Chiang didn't get much love in the tryouts held for players released by NPB teams. The Japanese media reported that Chiang had no command and no longer had good wrist action. Chiang has said that he hopes to play in the WBC and will continue to seek an opportunity with MLB and NPB teams in the future. He is not thinking about joining the CPBL draft. CPBL Sinon Bulls GM Chih-Shen Liu, who saw Chiang at the tryout was disappointed in Chiang's performance.

*After a rough year in the US minors, Indians farmhand RHP Sung-Wei Tseng is working on developing his slider.

*TSU-Taichung beat TSU-Taoyuan 4-3 behind Ching-Lung Pan's GW hit in the 9th inning.

*In the CPBL, the President Lions released several players, signed draft pick INF Yu-Chen Liu, and are hoping to reach an agreement with their top pick from last year, LHP Wei-Hua Lee.

The special draft for Chinatrust & d-media players will held in mid-December.

In a move to cut expenses, the Brother Elephants released three coaches. This move followed the release of four Sinon Bulls coaches. With the T-Rex and Whales organizations folding, that leaves almost 24 formerly-employed coaches without jobs.

*Discussions continue to decide if a government funded, military based teams will be reinstated to take place of the CPBL minor league system. The CPBL minor league system began at the end of 2003.

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