After 3 years of absence due to funding, with the support from the sports administration the revival of the Popcorn League was announced today. The popular industrial league tournament will start November 2017 with total of 9 industrial teams participating, playing 35 games each.
The Taiwanese baby national team (University All-Star) will also take part this tournament. Instead of playing as a team, they will be divided and send to each of the 9 industrial league teams as hired gun throughout the duration of the tournament.
Clashing with CPBL Winter League
Since the university all-star team (baby national team) will participate in the 2017 Popcorn League, they won’t be able to send a team to CPBL winter league which set in late November. With university all-star team pulling out this year, there’s some idea of inviting a team from the ABL (Australian Baseball League).
Background and History about the Popcorn League
Popcorn league was established in 2014 after VL Sports failed to obtained the CPBL broadcasting rights. The idea was to create a premium semi-pro industrial league tournament with foreign players and former professional players on the roster.
Total 6 industrial league teams participated in the 2014 league playing 50 games each, and each team is required to have 1 foreign and 4 foreign players on the active roster. The foreign players/ coaches salaries was partially funded by the broadcaster VL Sports.
Few notable former Popcorn League players
- 羅嘉仁 (Lo Chia-Jen) – Houston Astros – Signed with Fubon Guardians after
- 陳俊秀 (Chen Chun-Hsiu) – Cleveland Indians – Signed with Lamigo Monkeys after
- 陽耀勳 (Yang Yao-Hsun) – Softbank Hawks – Signed with Lamigo Monkeys after
- 邱浩鈞 (Chiu Hao-Chun) – Amateur – Signed with Uni-Lions
- 許基宏 (Hsu Chi-Hung) – Amateur – Signed with Chinatrust Brothers
- 江忠城 (Chiang Chung-Cheng) – Amateur – Signed with Chinatrust Brothers