Taiwan’s national baseball team roster for the upcoming 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games was announced at a press conference held by the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association in Taipei yesterday afternoon.
Skipper Yeh Chih-shien told reporters that 13 of the 24-man roster will be players who are currently playing abroad, with the biggest names being Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Hu Chin-long and the Boston Red Sox’s minor league outfielder Lin Tseh-hsuan.
Up to half of the 24 players may not be available for the Intercontinental Baseball Cup tournament in Taichung at the end of next month, as players may still be playing in postseason games with their respective clubs, depending on the outcome of their current season.
To make up for the potential disruption in terms of player availability, Yeh told the press that members of the 45-man roster that was announced last month will have priority when he and his coaching staff consider the final roster for the Intercontinental Baseball Cup.
The rest of the lineup includes 10 pitchers. They are: Chen Hong-wen (minor league prospect with the Chicago Cubs), Huang Chih-long and Lin Yi-hao (Japan’s Yomiuri Giants), Yang Yao-hsun (Japan’s SoftBank Hawks), Hsu Ming-jeh (Japan’s Seibu Lions), Hsiao Yi-jeh (Japan’s Hanshin Tigers), Yang Jien-fu and Lin Ying-jeh (Sinon Bulls), Pan “Du Du” Wei-luen (Uni-President Lions) and amateur standout Lin Guan-yu.
They will be joined by infielders Chen Yong-chi (Pittsburg Pirates minor leaguer), Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min (Brother Elephants), Lin Yi-chuan and Chang Tai-shan (Sinon Bulls), Lin Chih-sheng (La New Bears) and Lee Bin-yen (SoftBank Hawks).
The outfielders are Luo Guo-hui (Seattle Mariners), Yang Dai-kang (Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters) and Chang Jien-ming (Sinon Bulls).
The catchers are Chen Jung-hso (Cleveland Indians minor leaguer), Kao Chih-kang (Uni-President Lions) and Lin Kuen-sheng.