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Baseball star tells fans he ‘will win’ at book release

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Chen Wei-yin, right, signs a book for a fan at the Eslite bookstore on Dunhua S Road in Taipei on Sunday.

Photo: Liberty Times

A Taiwanese baseball star who plays in the US major leagues was in Taipei on the weekend to promote his new book at an autograph session.

On Sunday, a large group of fans was waiting outside the Eslite bookstore on Dunhua S Road to meet Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chen Wei-yin.

The book is titled: Will Win. Chen, which is a play on words with the sound of his name, and doubles as a statement of intent from Chen to recover from a knee operation, and make a return to pitching and winning.

The book was released recently by publishers Kate Book, a Taiwanese company.

Chen said it was written to document his baseball career thus far, “and to show how my journey from Japan to the US came about. Through this process, I have encountered many things, and seen the different training methods and approaches to baseball by Japanese and American players and coaches.”

“I want to tell the fans how I dealt with difficulties. I wish to encourage young players to work diligently and to turn the negatives into positives,” he said.

In the book, Chen thanks Hiromitsu Ochiai, his manager at the Nagoya-based Chunichi Dragons club, for his tutelage, which led him from being an unsettled rookie to being a star pitcher full of self-confidence.

Having just completed his second season with the Baltimore Orioles, the left-handed pitcher has compiled a respectable 19 wins and 18 losses with an earned run average (ERA) of 4.04 in 55 starts and 329.2 innings.

The Greater Kaohsiung-raised player is the only Taiwanese baseballer to turn professional in Japan and go on to play in the major leagues in the US.

He played for the Chunichi Dragons, in the Central League of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball competition, where through five seasons on the team’s roster, Chen finished with a winning record of 36-30 and an ERA of 2.59. He had 85 starts and 15 relief appearances for a total of 650.2 innings.

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