***After two+ years of physical and mental anguish, CMW will finally make his return to the Majors with a Friday start against the Mets. In a season marred by injuries and disappointments to several players, you can't but help root for CMW to do well.
***Congrats to the World "A" LL Champs! The national team beat Cuba in a rematch during the championship game. RHP Wei-En Tseng earned the W in the championship game, won tourney MVP honors, was the top RHP, and was an All-Star at 1B.
***Laying Claim to having the world's best Little Leaguers? Taiwan will have an opportunity to win two more world titles at the "A" level. Ching-Tang LL blitzed the field (outscoring opponents 85-19) in the Asia-Pacific Tourney and will be the A-P reps in Williamsport. Here is the team's schedule in PA.
In Pony Baseball, a team from Taoyuan will rep Asia in the Bronco World Series. This team outscored its opponents 92-3 (toughest game was the semis against Japan: 3-2 win). See the schedule here.
***Here's the schedule for the Junior League World Series. In Pony Baseball, a rep from Taiwan will need to win the Asia-Pacific Regionals in China going on July 29th - August 4th to advance to the Pony World Series.
***Nan-Ying HS will represent Taiwan in the Palomino World Series. The World Series will be held here in Los Angeles from August 4th through the 8th. I'll try to make it out with my kids for a few games. Come to support the team and hope to see you guys there.
***Nice read on Che-Huan Lin. It must be nice to have a howitzer for an appendage!
What else does Chih-Hsien Chiang have to prove in AA ball to get a promotion? The kid is killing Eastern League pitching.
CH Chen having a quiet but solid year in AA.
Yao-Ling Wang - best player in Boise?
***The MLBAAP is under way in the land down under. Kuo-Hua Lo and Jin-De Jhang are doing well in their debut.
***Mixing Biz and Pleasure? Interesting media news on Fu-Te Ni - He announced on his blog that he got married but he did not mention his wife's name. It is widely known that Ni has been dating his baseball agent (a female rep from Octagon) which is probably why he chose not to mention her name.
***CPBL All-Star Festivities: HR Derby Champ / All-Star Game Result
***The Senior NT finished second to Cuba at the WBC. Cuba brought its "A" squad this time around. 1 win in 3 tries against the Cubans with essentially a roster made up of NT trainees ain't too shabby. IF Po-Ting Hsiao was impressive in the tourney.