Guardians Announce New GM and Manager
Major restructure at the Fubon Guardians organisation this offseason. Yes, some might even say this is the “real Taiwan Series” that fans have been waiting for.
After weeks of rumours and speculations, the Fubon Guardians finally revealed their new general manager and manager.
Guardians GM: Lin Hua-Wei
On December 7, the Guardians announced that the Taiwan baseball Hall of Famer 林華韋 (Lin Hua-Wei) would take over as the general manager.
The 63-year-old Lin Hua-Wei is one of the most respected figures in the Taiwan baseball industry. He represented Taiwan in various international tournaments between 1976 to 1985, including winning the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
After he hung up the cleats in 1985, Lin transitioned into the coaching role and managed Team Taiwan several times on high tier tournaments like the Baseball World Cup and the World Baseball Classic.
Prior to accepting the role as the Guardians general manager, Lin Hua-Wei was the chancellor of the National Taiwan University of Sport from 2013 to 2021.
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Guardians 1st-Team Manager: Chiu Chang-Jung
On December 10, the Fubon Guardians named 丘昌榮 (Chiu Chang-Jung) as the new manager. The former manager Hong I-Chung would step down and move on to the consultant role within the Guardians organisation.
The 49-year-old Chiu Chang-Jung has an extensive coaching experience in the CTBC Brothers system. Since 2014, he has worked as the team’s manager, bench coach, hitting coach and farm director.
Prior to his signing with the Guardians, Chiu was the bench coach of the CTBC Brothers.
“I would like to thank the Fubon Guardians for giving me this opportunity,” said Chiu Chang-Jung. “I am willing to take up the responsibilities and lead this team to its highest potential.”
When asked by the reporters how he would handle the “never-ending Guardians clubhouse drama”, Chiu told the media that he wants to build a team that has warmth and soul.
“If there are disagreements between the coaches and players, then communication would be our first priority,” said the Guardians new manager.
Guardians Chairman: Chris Tsai
Chris Tsai, the previous general manager, would move on to a more passive role as the team’s chairman.
“I was contemplating stepping down as the Guardians GM for quite some time now,” said Chris Tsai. “Since 2019, I started to take on more responsibilities with Fubon Financial, and I had less time to spend on the team. Although I feel reluctant to do so, it is actually better for the Guardians to have a full-time GM.