Lamigo Monkeys slugger Wang Po-jung kept up his hot-hitting form to lead the visitors to a 16-9 victory against the Uni-President Lions in Tainan, while the Fubon Guardians seized two late runs for a 3-2 win against the Brothers Baseball Club in New Taipei City yesterday.
Wang, nicknamed “The King” by fans, had another productive day with five hits, a home run and a double and scored four runs to wrap up another three-game sweep of the Lions.
Lamigo were ungracious guests at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium, shutting out the hosts 3-0 on Friday.
Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times
Wang hit a solo homer in a 7-3 win on Saturday and finished the three-game sweep by setting a league record 27 hits by one team in one game.
The Lions were outclassed by Lamigo who took a three-game sweep against the Lions in their home stand series in Taoyuan last week.
The media spotlight was on Wang throughout the week, with several Japanese baseball scouts attending Lamigo games to follow last season’s Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) most valuable player award winner, with the intention of contracting him to Japan next season.
Saitama Seibu Lions executive Hisanobu Watanabe, who was a Chiayi-Tainan Luka player-coach from 1999 to 2001, observed Wang with the Japanese scouts at the weekend.
The Seibu Lions are only one of five Japanese clubs interested in signing Wang, including the Hanshin Tigers, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, the Orix Buffaloes and the Chiba Lotte Marines, media reports said.
“I know several foreign teams are following my development. If I have the opportunity, of course I would like to play outside Taiwan after this season, but we have to wait and see,” Wang said on Saturday.
Under CPBL rules, players can be signed by professional teams outside the league only when they finish three seasons, which for Wang would be mid-next year, so he could not play until 2019.
However, officials are considering amending the rule to include financial compensation for the team holding the player’s contract if they sign to play with overseas teams.
Wang is No. 1 in Taiwan with a 0.415 average, No. 2 in total hits with 45, No. 2 in RBIs with 30 and has the league-best eight stolen bases.
The sight of Japanese fans at a World Cup bagging trash after a match — win or lose — always surprises non-Japanese. Japanese players are famous for doing the same in their team dressing room: hanging up towels, cleaning the floor and even leaving a thank-you note. The behavior is driving social media posts at the World Cup in Qatar, but it is nothing unusual for Japanese fans or players. They are simply doing what most people in Japan do — at home, at school, at work or on streets from Tokyo to Osaka, Shizuoka to Sapporo. “For Japanese people, this is
Portugal players idolize Cristiano Ronaldo, with many saying it is a “dream” to play with him, but young forward Goncalo Ramos on Saturday joked that he would not accept a piece of chewing gum from his compatriot. Ronaldo, who scored a penalty in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday, was pictured chewing gum he had pulled out of the front of his shorts during the game. The 37-year-old striker, without a club after an acrimonious split from Manchester United this week, became the first player ever to score at five World Cups. “Of course not,” laughed Ramos at a news conference, when
Normally, it would be horrible news to soccer fans anywhere that their team’s star player was injured. Yet even as they endured an anguished wait for a Neymar-less Brazil to score in their 1-0 win over Switzerland on Monday, some Brazilians found it hard to miss the injured superstar, who has promised to dedicate his first FIFA World Cup goal to far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Watching the match in a packed bar in central Rio de Janeiro, where fans decked out in yellow and green waited nervously for what turned out to be the lone goal — scored in the 83rd
Qatar’s top World Cup official on Tuesday said that more than 400 migrant workers died in labor accidents in the country in the years leading up to the tournament. Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Qatari Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, gave the figure of 400 to 500 in a British television interview when asked how many workers had died “doing work for the World Cup.” The organizing committee said his response referred to “national statistics covering the period of 2014-2020 for all work-related fatalities” in Qatar “covering all sectors and nationalities.” It said there were 414 worker deaths over the eight-year period. Migrant