Taipei manager Hua-Wei Lin used seven different pitchers to get a better feel for his rotation, but he still walked out of Taipei's 6-3 loss to the Chiba Lotte Marines with a few questions about what was supposed to be his team's unquestioned strong point.
Chinese Taipei manager Hua-Wei Lin looked ahead on Monday to his club's competition in the opening round of the World Baseball Classic, stressing the importance of balance.
Four countries with varied baseball histories converge in Tokyo this weekend for the first round of games in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Chinese Taipei's mantra for the World Baseball Classic will sound something like this: We can't win if we don't score any runs, but if they don't score any runs, we can't lose.
Pitchers across Asia are used to throwing baseballs with horsehide covering, but in the World Baseball Classic, they'll be using balls that are covered in cowhide. That's nothing to fuss about, you might say, but some of the hurlers in Group A beg to differ.
Chinese Taipei is still hoping the Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang will decide to play in the World Baseball Classic. Though Wang is said to have stated recently he will not pitch for Taipei, Chinese Taipei's 30-man WBC roster includes Wang.
One of the more intriguing story lines at the upcoming WBC should be the chance for unsung players to step up and share the spotlight with the household names of many of the Major League stars who will participate.
Wladimir Balentien, Scott Thorman, Francisco Liriano and Yusmeiro Petit are a few of the top prospects on the preliminary rosters for the upcoming WBC.
The team that Chinese Taipei assembles for the World Baseball Classic could have as many as 10 players currently tied to Major League organizations, including Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang.