Meet Your CPBL Award Winners
Voted by members of the media, the CPBL announced the 2018 MVP, Rookie of the Year and the Most Improved Player of the Year awards on November 13 at the annual award ceremony. (Here is our coverage on 2018 Gold Glove and Best-Ten award winners)
2018 MVP: 陳俊秀 (Chen Chun-Hsiu)
The Lamigo Monkeys’ 30-year-old first baseman had a career year in 2018 where he batted .375/.439/.602 with 17 home runs. Apart from his monster 2018 slash line, Chen Chun-Hsiu also led the league with 163 wRC+ and in batting average.
“I am delighted with my performance this season, and the most important thing was that I was able to keep my conditioning at peak throughout the year,” said Chen Chun-Hisu.
- 2018 CPBL MVP Award
- Best Ten Award (First Baseman)
- Batting Champion
- 2018 Taiwan Series MVP
2018 Rookie of the Year: 施子謙 (Shih Tzu-Chien)
For the first time in three seasons, there is another Taiwanese pitcher that won double-digit games during the regular season.
The Uni-Lions’ 23-year-old RHP Shih Tzu-Chien won 11 games and posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 4.64 FIP and 118 ERA+ over 19 starts across 107.1 innings.
“I want to thank my teammates for providing plenty of run support for me whenever I’m on the mound,” said Shih Tzu-Chien. “I will dedicate this Rookie of the Year award to my grandmother who passed away, who always support and motivated me growing up playing baseball, she would’ve been very proud of me today.”
2018 Comeback Player: 郭永維 (Kuo Yung-Wei)
With 2018 being his eighth season in the CPBL, the Lamigo Monkeys’ 30-year-old infielder Kuo Yung-Wei mostly served as a bench middle infielder before 2018.
Despite only appeared 33 games in 2017 and hit for .238/.312/.274 over 95 plate appearances, in 2018, he slashed .344/.367/.399 over 81 games and 253 plate appearances.
“I want to thank our manager for believing in me and providing me with plenty of opportunities this season,” said Kuo Yung-Wei. “Another person I want to thank is our hitting coach for showing me new hitting approach when facing different types of pitchers.”
I’m surprised that Liao Chien-Fu was not the Rookie of the Year. He was awfully good and would likely have won the batting title if not for injury.
Yeah, that stupid head diving into first base really cost Liao the ROY. Silly young man