Sat, Jan 01, 2011 - Page 20 News List

Wang resolves to return to action this year

Staff writer, with CNA

Wang Chien-ming receives a painting by students from Fengyuan Elementary School in Taitung County yesterday. The painting is to thank Wang for the help he will give them by donating the proceeds from the sale of 500 limited-edition calendars.

PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING, TAIPEI TIMES

Wang Chien-ming, who recently signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball’s National League Eastern Division, said at a function in Taipei yesterday that he looks forward to returning to the big leagues this year.

Wang said at a charity event that he has made a New Year’s resolution to return to the major leagues this year, hopefully in May.

He signed with the Nationals in February last year, inking a year-long, US$2 million guaranteed salary, but has been undergoing rehabilitation for the past 15 months and has not pitched any games for the Nationals.

The 30-year-old Wang, who has been back in Taiwan since November, said he has spent most of his time training and rehabilitating to prepare for his comeback.

He met with the press and children sponsored by his foundation — the Wangderful Kids Fund — at an event to raise funds and renew the foundation’s commitment for this year.

The recipients of Wangderful Kids Fund donations over the past two years include the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China and the Paper Windmill Cultural and Educational Foundation.

Although Wang will receive only half of his guaranteed salary from his previous contract, he can earn up to US$4 million in incentives in the forthcoming season.

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