Friday, February 06, 2009

Sweet Swinging Su.....

*There's a rumor that Gao-Nong HS senior Wei-Da Su received a $200 K offer from the New York Yankees. Su's father reportedly turned down the offer, wanting cash only. It's unclear if WMG, which has a contract with Su was involved in this negotiation.

*The Hanshin Tigers who made a 30 million yen offer to KW Cheng, may have to wait for an answer. Cheng feels the offer is too low. He wants to play in the WBC first and hopes that a good performance in the event would result in a higher offer. Cheng's agency cancelled his scheduled workout with the Nippon Ham Fighters.

*NT pitching coach Tai-Yuan Kuo has been satisfied so far (in these past few days) with the pitching performance of Fu-Te Ni. Ni topped out at 90 mph and averaged 88 mph in a 35 pitch outing. He allowed only one hit to OF Chih-Yao Chan. Ni will now prepare himself to report to ST in the US; should he be selected to the final 28 man roster (almost a guarantee now), he'll head directly to Japan in time for the WBC opening round of play.

*INF Chih-Hsien Chiang was casualty #2 to an ankle sprain. The injury is not considered to be too serious. Chiang doubled in the intrasquad game against LHP CC Tang. Both Chiang and 3B YC Lin are in the running to hit cleanup for the team in Australia; both are stroking the ball well.

*Former pitcher/coach/manager Chang-Heng Hsieh plans to take some graduate school classes. Hsieh managed the now defunct Whales in 2007.

*Ray Chang
will play for China in the WBC.

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