*The Asian Little League Championships (12 and under) will kick off tomorrow in Kurashiki, Japan. Taiwan earned the easier draw as it was grouped with China, Indonesia, and Thailand. Group B consists of Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Pakistan.
The LL NT will play:
12/24 vs. China
12/25 vs. Thailand
12/26 vs. Indonesia
The top 2 teams from each group will play on the 27th (1 vs. 2 format), with the semifinal winners meeting in the championship game on the 28th.
*Speaking of little league baseball, the Chu-Lo Mountain Cup LL Tourney in Chiayi has a record number of teams participating (120 total with 12 teams coming from other countries - 7 from Japan) this year. Last year, 117 teams were involved in the tourney. To help protect young arms, a pitch count restriction will be implemented.
The Elephants have released a total of 9 players from this past season's roster to help make room for some of their new draft picks.
The Bears inked last year's top pick, RHP Chu-Kuan Lee to a 2.5 million NT signing bonus (~$84 K USD).
The President Lions hired new hitting (Terushi Nakajima) & pitching (Makoto Kito) coaches from Japan.
*Amateur lefty Kuan-Yu Chen had a tryout on Tuesday with the Yokohama BayStars. He topped out at 84 mph.
*RHP Chun-Lin Kuo was clocked at ~92 mph recently in the collegiate tourney (12/22 loss vs. CCU). Kuo, who currently plays for Taiwan Sports University, was a member of the 2010 world champion junior NT.