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Taiwan’s capital to establish Major League baseball team

A file photo of Taipei Deputy Mayor Wu Ching-chi (second from right). (file photo) Wu said on Mar. 11 the Taipei city government will establish a new ...

A file photo of Taipei Deputy Mayor Wu Ching-chi (second from right). (file photo) Wu said on Mar. 11 the Taipei city government will establish a new ...

The Taipei city government announced Wednesday evening that it will establish a new baseball team in April to represent the city.

Taipei Deputy Mayor Wu Ching-chi (吳清基) said that an interdepartmental meeting reached the consensus that the city government should invite Kao Ying-chien (高英傑)-- the former coach of Yankees ace pitcher Chien-ming Wang (王建民) -- to serve as head coach of the new team.

Wu said that the day before, Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) had discussed with him and the city government department heads the feasibility of building such a team.

Wu said that the mayor was responding to Premier Liu Chao-shiuan’s (劉兆玄) call for enterprises and local governments to sponsor Major League baseball teams in order to revive the sport in Taiwan.

The premier made the call after Taiwan’s Major League baseball team, known as Chinese Taipei, met humiliating setbacks in the ongoing World Baseball Classic 2009. The Taiwan team was first crushed by South Korea 0-9 and then eliminated from the tournament by China 1-4.

Wu said the new baseball team will cost about NT$30 million (US$868,500) a year, and that the Cabinet-level Sports Affairs Council will contribute a subsidy of NT$10 million, with the remaining NT$20 million coming from donations and the mayor's second preparatory fund.

"We will meet with Kao Ying-chieh soon, with a view to recruiting coaches and players for the team within the shortest possible time," he said.


Updated : 2021-05-09 22:44 GMT+08:00