By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The four biggest names in Taiwan baseball yesterday made a rare joint appearance in Taipei to unveil an exhibition featuring these national baseball heroes. The four players included two of the local pro league: Chen Chin-feng (�����W) of the Lamigo Monkeys and Kuo Hong-chih (���l��) of the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions, and two players competing overseas: Chien-Ming Wang (���إ�) of the Atlanta Braves in the U.S. and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters outfielder Yang Dai-kang (������) of Japan’s pro league. Chen, 37, is the first Taiwanese player to make it into Major League Baseball (MLB), making his debut in 2002.
Chen’s debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers helped to pave the way for the ��wave�� of Taiwanese players entering major and minor league baseball.
Left-hander reliever Kuo, 33, also a former Dodger, is the first Taiwanese player ever to play in MLB’s All-Star Game and the first to hit a home run in the MLB even though he is a pitcher. Wang, 34, the most renowned Taiwanese hurler in the U.S. league, holds the most win records for a Taiwan-native pitcher in the big leagues.
He had back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees in 2006 and 2007 before injuries derailed his career. The 27-year-old Yang is a two-time Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) All-Star Series Game MVP. He has also won the NPB Gold Glove Award for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014.
200-plus Collections from
Pride of Taiwan The exhibition features more than 200 items from these four players who are widely perceived as the ��pride of Taiwan.�� Speaking during a press conference to announce the exhibition, Chen said he is glad to see such an event that puts together many things he used to have during his decade-long baseball career. Wang said he did not know his parents kept the trophies and medals that he won, adding that the exhibition is a perfect opportunity for baseball fans and him to remember the good old days. Exhibits include baseball jerseys worn by the four players and the baseball bats and gloves they used. It also showcases details of the difficult process that the players had to endure to make it to the pro leagues in the U.S. and Japan, organizers said. The exhibition, titled ��Taiwan Baseball Heroes Exhibition,�� officially opens tomorrow at the National Taiwan Science Education Center in Taipei. It will run until March 1, 2015.