Sunday, January 17, 2010

News Briefs....

*The La New Bears have traded versatile IF Shih-Hao Huang to the Elephants in exchange for Chih-Hsiang Huang (former Red Sox farmhand).

*The Dodgers have not announced which roster players will be coming to Taiwan (safe to assume that Kuo and Hu will be there). Bros, who is helping to organize the event, is hoping that superstar Manny Ramirez is included on that list.

*Updates (1) (2) on Hanshin Tigers' Wei-Chu Lin

*It's never too early to look ahead, but this year's world junior baseball championships are being held in Canada again (the last one, held two years ago, was in Edmonton). The competition will take place in Thunder Bay, Ontario from July 23rd through August 1st. You can read more at the official site here.
If you're like me, you're probably asking yourself - when are the world junior baseball championships ever going to be hosted in the US (the last one held here was back in 1995)?! I posed this question to Jake Fehling, the IBAF's manager of media relations a while back and this was his response:

"We open up our championships for bid, and award them on a selection process. Often, only one country places a bid on being the host-country, and after reviewing its qualities, it is selected.

USA Baseball is not government funded like federations in other countries, so that plays a major role in the bidding process there.

I hope this helps."

It would be nice to attend one of these events on home soil in the not-so-distant future.

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