TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwanese two-way player Liu Chih-jung (劉致榮) confirmed on Wednesday his withdrawal from the Taiwan national team ahead of the WBSC Premier12 (世界棒球12強賽) due to some tightness in his right arm.
Asked to comment on his decision, Liu said he will elaborate on his replacement later. Meanwhile, Taiwanese pitcher, Wang Tsung-hao (王宗豪) will replace Liu for the competition.
Liu Chih-Jung is known for throwing a 158 km fastball and became the “Most Valuable Player” during this year’s Asian Baseball Championship (亞洲棒球錦標賽), an international competition held in Taichung from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20.
The second WBSC Premier12 event will be held from Nov. 2 to 17 in Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, and South Korea. The international competition coincides with the return of baseball to the 2020 Summer Olympics; it will be the first time that the tournament serves as a qualifier for the Olympic Games.
Two quota spots will be allocated, with the top finisher from the Americas territory earning one spot, and the best team from the Asia/Oceania region (excluding Japan which already qualified as host).
By Shelly Yang
Quick Profile of Liu Chih-Jung
DOB: April 7, 1999
Height/Weight: 183cm, 84kg
Right-Handed Pitcher / Switch Hitting (2B/SS)
Fastball sat at 150-155kph (93-96mph), topped out 158kph (98mph)
Changeup, slider around 130-135 (80-83mph)