The Australian Baseball League (ABL) have announced the 2017 All-Star Game rosters.  The teams will be based on players nationality, and it is going to be a showdown between Team Australia vs Team World All-Star.

Several Taiwanese players (Chiang Chih-Hsien, Lin Chih-Sheng and Jhang Jin-De) have been named to represent the World team in the upcoming ABL All-Star Game on the 21st December in Melbourne.

Veteran Chang Tai-Shan is on the ballot trying to make the remaining 2 open spots on the All-Star roster.  It will be up to the fans to decide who’s going to make the final cut.

Chiang Chih-Hsien named ABL All-Star
蔣智賢 (Chiang Chih-Hsien) among those named 2017 ABL All-Star. Photo Credit: (Blue Sox Twitter)

蔣智賢 (Chiang Chih-Hsien) – Sydney Blue Sox

Chiang has been the heart of the Blue Sox offense this season.  Currently slashing .414/.435/.759 while leading the league in home runs (5).

  • 5 home runs – 1st in the league.
  • .759 Slugging percentage – 2nd in the league.
  • .414 Batting average – 3rd in the league.
  • 24 hits – 4th in the league.
  • 16 RBI – 4th in the league.

林智勝 (Lin Chih-Sheng) – Brisbane Bandits

The power is back! After a few weeks of drought in the extra base hit department, Lin had a monster round 4.  Hitting 3 home runs in 4 games last week against the Blue Sox.

Lin is currently hitting in middle of the Bandits lineup and posted a record of .327/.367/.538 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI.

張進德 (Jhang Jin-De) – Sydney Blue Sox

The Pirates Pirates Double-A farmhand is hitting .273/.333/.364 and currently on a 4-game hitting streak.

Jhang’s value is really behind the plate, the Taiwanese catcher has been throwing out base-stealer all over the place.  In 12 games, Jhang successfully caught 12 runners in 15 base stealing attempt.

張泰山 (Chang Tai-Shan) – Adelaide Bites

The 41 years old veteran is hitting .246/.271/.281 with 10 RBI.  With 2 final spots remaining in the World All-Star team.  Chang will need the support of his fans to make the 2017 ABL All-Star roster.

Update (15-DEC) Chang will be in the All-Star Game

The ABL have confirmed that Chang Tai-Shan has secured a spot on the World Team roster, receiving over 10,000 votes from fans.


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