Ex-magistrate nominated as commissioner of CPBL

By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Taoyuan County Magistrate John Wu (�d�Ӵ�) was nominated as the new commissioner for Taiwan’s most popular sport league, the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, ����¾��), yesterday. The nomination was made following a CPBL managing board of directors meeting during which four teams have jointly made the proposal, said Wang Hui-min (���f��), deputy secretary-general of the CPBL, told local media yesterday. According to Wu’s assistant, the baseball-loving politician is honored to take up the post. Wu is expected to officially take up the seat next February before the 26th CPBL season begins next March.

The decision ended five months of speculations on who will take over the vacancy left with the departure of former commissioner Hwang Jenn-tai (�����x). The ex-chief of the CPBL tendered his resignation on July 25 to take responsibility for a broadcasting dispute that has resulted in a huge loss of fans for the league over the past months. The 45-year-old Wu of the Kuomintang (KMT) has recently suffered a surprising defeat in his reelection bid to opposition Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Cheng Wen-tsan (�G����) in Taoyuan as part of a nationwide city and county head elections held on Nov. 29. Wu is seen by many as a political golden child as he was born into a family from which several members have been involved in politics; most notably his father, Wu Po-hsiung (�d�B��), was an important Taiwanese politician and KMT heavyweight.