Monkeys vow to punish absent slugger Lin

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Local Professional baseball team Lamigo Monkeys yesterday announced that they will impose a harsh penalty on their franchise player Lin Chih-sheng (林智勝) after the player failed to attend the opening day of the team’s spring training held in Cheng Ching Lake Stadium, Kaohsiung City yesterday morning. “We are totally stunned to find that Lin did not show up on the first day of our spring training, which is something that has never happened to our team with any other player,” said Su Ching-hsuan, president of the Monkeys yesterday to reporters. Lin probably chose not to participate in the opening day ceremony because the two sides haven’t reached an agreement on his salary for the upcoming season, noted Su. He also failed to join a pre-season physical check a day before, Su said, adding that the move was outrageous since according to current Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) regulations, Lin is still part of the team even though his multi-year contract concluded last year. “He shouldn’t be absent from training even though he was upset about the difficult process negotiating his new contract,” he noted.

Su continued that his team had been trying to contact the player but all attempts had failed and therefore wasn’t sure when the slugger would report to the Monkeys.   The 29-year-old Lin claimed two CPBL homerun titles in the past two seasons. Lin, who was drafted in 2003 by the Monkeys, formerly known as La New Bears, now has a total of 118 career diggers in the local league.

In was previously reported that several foreign teams in the United States, including the Cleveland Indians, had shown interest in recruiting Lin following the conclusion in the 2010 season.

However, Monkey’s president said they haven’t been contacted by any of these teams so far even though they would looked forward to seeing the slugger take on the challenge. In an interview with the local Chinese-language Liberty Times on the New Year’s Day, Lin expressed his strong desire to fulfill his dream of joining a Major League Baseball club.