For the first time in CPBL history, the league has started cooperate with with Japan’s NPB (Pacific League) to promote CPBL contents to Japanese audiences. Lamigo Monkeys’ superstar, 2016 CPBL MVP 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung) was the first CPBL player featured on the Pacific League TV highlight reel which was published on the Pacific League TV official website and Pacific League Facebook page on 5th of May.
Video of Wang Po-Jung CPBL HR highlight on NPB Pacific League TV
Why Wang Po-Jung?
Despite only being in the league for one and half years, the 23-year-old youngster has outperformed everyone’s expectations and set numerous CPBL batting records in 2016 CPBL season. 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung) set the highest batting average in CPBL history with .414/.476/.689 in 2016 at the same time setting an unprecedented 200 hits record in 116 games.
With such outstanding season as a rookie, Wang Po-Jung took home the Rookie of the Year award and also the prestigious Most Valuable Player of the year award after the 2016 season.
Video of Wang Po-Jung 2016 full HR highlight
Getting that International Attention.
王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung)’s 2016 performance did not catch much of the attention outside of Taiwan (online media wise). It wasn’t until the spring camp of 2017 where Wang Po-Jung blasted two home runs in a single game during the the 2-game exhibition series against NPB’s Chiba Lotte Marines that really jump started Wang’s international awareness in Japan.
Wang Po-Jung elevate the fame even further before the 2017 WBC tournament. Where he represent CPBL All-Star in a 2-game exhibitions against Samurai Japan. Facing higher level pitchers, Wang went 4-for-5 in two games along with 2BB and 1SF. Wang finished the 2-game exhibitions with .800/.875/1.600. The most memoriable moment is his homers against Pacific League 3-time strikeouts champion Norimoto Takahiro.
- Post about Wang Po-Jung before the exhibition games between CPBL and Samurai Japan and also his international free agency status.
Wang Po-Jung highlight from CPBL-All Star vs Samurai Japan exhibition game.
The bat-flipping maniac
Fans in CPBL enjoy Wang Po-Jung’s signature bat flips just as much as his homers. Here’s a video of Wang unleashed his iconic bat flip on a game-tying monster homer during the Premier 12 tournament against team Canada.
Video of the bat-flipping maniac “The King” Wang Po-Jung in Premier 12 tournament