Exclusive | CPBL players praise Taiwan efforts in fighting outbreak

Players and coaches from Fubon Guardians and CTBC Brothers are happy to be playing baseball in Taiwan while the rest of the leagues around the world are on hiatus.

CTBC Brother's pitcher Ariel Miranda (left) praised Taiwan's virus-prevention efforts as the best in the world. (Photo courtesy of Instagram/CTBC Brother's)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Fubon Guardians’ hitting coach Robert Ducey and CTBC Brothers’ pitcher Ariel Miranda praised on Thursday Taiwan government’s response to the COVID-19 on baseball.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The China Post, Ducey, a Canadian former professional baseball outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB), applauded the Taiwan government’s efforts in combating the Coronavirus.

He said that the “government, right from the start, has done a tremendous job, in terms of containment and taking care of their citizens.”

He also expressed his happiness being in Taiwan during the pandemic as he also lives in Florida where the pandemic has ravaged. Ducey added that anyone who loves baseball and wants to fulfill that love should watch CPBL.

Robert Ducey before the game. (Photo courtesy of Douglas Lee)

Miranda, a Cuban professional baseball pitcher who also played in MLB, echoed Ducey’s statement in Spanish, saying Taiwan’s virus prevention programs are the best in the world.

As a result, he expressed his confidence in living in Taiwan. He is also very grateful to the government for helping CPBL become the first league in the world to start playing.

With COVID-19 delaying all professional baseball in other nations, the CPBL has shined as one of the only leagues playing during these times.

The Fubon Guardians played against the CTBC Brothers at their home stadium in Xinzhuang, New Taipei City, on Thursday.

The CTBC Brothers recently clinched the first-half title on Tuesday after beating the Uni-President Lions in a score of 6-1. As a result, analysts reported the game on Thursday would be an opportunity for younger players to showcase their skills.