CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #77
Chinatrust Brothers News: Eric Wood, Bruce Kern
Just two games into the 2019 season the Chinatrust Brothers are already making roster adjustment with their foreign players. Earlier today, the Brothers announced that they have released infielder Eric Wood and right-hander Bruce Kern.
Frictions Between Eric Wood and Manager?
Despite coming off a successful spring training hitting 7-for-19 with nine RBI, Eric Wood struggled a bit in his first two games of the 2019 season hitting 0-for-9. But is that the real reason behind him being released by the team?
“We decided to let Eric Wood go, it was a decision not based on his performance, there were things he did were not team-oriented,” said the Brothers’ manager Scott Budner.
The head coach continued and told Apple Daily, “We have team unity here, we are not going to put one’s individual thinking that he is above the team with certain things.”
Something Happened After the Game
Shortly after the announcement, the Taiwanese online community speculated the whole incident might have started on March 26 in the game against the Lamigo Monkeys.
It was in the eighth inning, and the management asked Eric Wood to bunt. It is possible such call could potentially lead to an argument between Eric Wood and the team’s manager Scott Budner and the whole thing escalated from that.
To put timing into perspective, according to farm team player Hsu Chi-Hung, he received the call-up notification from the team around midnight, which suggested something might have happened between Eric Wood and Scott Budner after the game.
Statement From Eric Wood’s Agency
It was rumoured that Brothers’ manager Scott Budner tried to physically fight Eric Wood after the game. Upon learning that information, we reached out to Wood’s representative, but his agency would not comment on that.
Eric Wood’s agent sent the following statement to CPBL STATS shortly after. You can read the full statement below.
Bruce Kern: Elbow Injury, Unable to Pitch
“Bruce Kern got some elbow issues right now, he is not totally 100% healthy,” said manager Scott Budner.
ETtoday reported the Brothers were fully aware of Kern’s injury prior to the signing but still went ahead with it because they could not find another backup pitcher on short notice at that time.
Brothers’ to Sign Two More Foreign Players
According to the Brothers’ general manager, the team is now close to finalising the deal with two more foreign players. Depending on the signing progress, the new foreign players can arrive in Taiwan as soon as early April.
“I would like to get another foreign hitter in here,” said Brother’ manager Scott Budner. “I believe the team still need a power hitter in the middle of the lineup.”
Early rumour suggested the two new Brothers’ foreign players will be one pitcher and one positional player.
Update: Wood Returns to Pirates System
On March 29, according to Pirates Prospects, the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed Eric Wood to a minor league contract.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2019 CPBL season.