28-man ros­ter for Premier12 tour­ney re­leased

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Three Tai­wanese play­ers cur­rently com­pet­ing in Ja­pan’s pro­fes­sional league are on the 28-man ros­ter an­nounced by Tai­wan’s base­ball as­so­ci­a­tion yesterday who will rep­re­sent their coun­try in the up­com­ing inau­gu­ral Premier12 tour­na­ment.

The three Tai­wanese play­ers are out­fielder Yang Dai-Kang ( ) of Hokkaido Nip­pon Ham Fight­ers, left-handed pitcher Chen Kuanyu ( ) of Yoko­hama DeNA BayS­tars, and Kuo Chun-lin (

), a right-handed pitcher for the Saitama Seibu Lions, ac­cord­ing to the ros­ter an­nounced by Tai­wan’s Chi­nese Taipei Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CTBA).

The only ac­tive Tai­wanese ma­jor league pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (

) of the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, how­ever, was not among the ros­ter an­nounced in Taipei by na­tional team man­ager Kuo Tai-yuan ( ).

Ma­jor League Base­ball (MLB) has re­port­edly de­nied any player on a 40-man MLB ros­ter from play­ing in the Nov. 8-21 com­pe­ti­tion.

For­mer ma­jor league starter Chien-Ming Wang ( ) was also not on the list as he has de­clined to join the team.

The 28-man ros­ter for the Tai­wanese team, play­ing un­der the name Chi­nese Taipei, in­cludes 22 play­ers from the lo­cal Chi­nese Pro­fes­sional Base­ball League (CPBL), as well as young tal­ent who are cur­rently ac­tive in pro and farm teams in Ja­pan and the United States.

In terms of po­si­tions, the ros­ter has 13 pitch­ers, 3 catch­ers, 7 in­field­ers, and 5 out­field­ers.

Team Tai­wan will face the Nether­lands on Nov. 9 in Taichung in its open­ing game of the inau­gu­ral Premier12 tour­na­ment, a tour­na­ment be­ing co-hosted by Nip­pon Pro­fes­sional Base­ball (NPB) and the CTBA.

The tour­ney will see the top 12 na­tional teams in the world face off against each other dur­ing the nine­day tour­na­ment to be held in Taichung and Tokyo.

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