After weeks of delay and negotiation with the CPBL teams, the CTBA have finally announced the Team Taiwan roster for the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.

Despite the Asian Games is classified as tier two tournament, the Team Taiwan’s final 24-man roster will still include eight players from the CPBL, one from the NPB and the KBO, while the remaining 14 players are amateurs from Taiwan’s industrial league.

This can be considered as a new milestone, as both the CPBL and the CTBA sat down and worked together for Taiwan baseball. During the recruitment process, the CTBA treated the league, teams and the players with respect, this is a good start,” said CPBL commissioner 吳志揚 (Wu Chih-Yang) at the press conference.

Update: Three professional players withdrew from the tournament. They are replaced by three amateur players. Final Team Taiwan structure: 7 professional, 17 amateurs.

CPBL announced 8 players that will participate in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo Credit:(CNA)

CPBL Players in 2018 Asian Game Roster

Roster Update: Su Chih-Chieh withdrew from the tournament due to wrist injury. An amateur infielder will take his spot in the roster.

NPB, KBO Players in 2018 Asian Game Roster

Roster Update: Both Wang Wei-Chung and Liao Jen-Lei pulled out from the tournament due to injury and existing club obligation. Two amateur pitchers to take their spot.

New Understanding Between the CPBL and CTBA

Apparently, there is a new understanding between the CPBL and the CTBA, the eight CPBL players can waive off their military service time after the Asian Games.

More importantly, those eight players will no be asked to participate in anything lower than tier one international tournaments in the next five years.

The International Tournament Tier System

In theory, the Taiwanese national baseball team should form their squad based on the importance of the tournaments.

The idea behind the tier system is to not recruit professional players to play in every single international tournaments, and use this opportunity to develop young amateurs by letting them play in the lower tier tournaments.

The tier one tournaments are the World Baseball Classic (WBC), Premier 12 and the Olympics, where professional players are encouraged to participate.

International tournaments like the Asian Games, Asian Baseball Championship, University World Cup and the Haarlem Baseball Week are considered as tier two tournaments where ideally should only have amateur players only.

Team Taiwan Roster for 2018 Jakarta Asian Games

林樺慶 (Lin Hua-Ching)PLamigo MonkeysCPBL
陳柏豪 (Chen Po-Hao)PChinatrust BrothersCPBL
林政賢 (Lin Cheng-Hsien)PFubon GuardiansCPBL
王玉譜 (Wang Yu-Pu)PUni-LionsCPBL
唐嘉駿 (Tang Chia-Chun)PTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
蔡偉凡 (Tsai Wei-Fan)PTaiwan Power CompanyAmatuer
王政浩 (Wang Cheng-Hao)PTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
吳昇峰 (Wu Sheng-Feng)PTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
王宗豪 (Wang Tsung-Hao)PTaiwan Power CompanyAmatuer
黃健隆 (Huang Chien-Lung)PTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
林宇祥 (Lin Yu-Hsiang)PTaipei City Baseball TeamAmatuer
黃佳瑋 (Huang Chia-Wei)CTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
陳瑞慕 (Chen Jui-Mu)CTaiwan Power CompanyAmatuer
林承飛 (Lin Cheng-Fei)IFLamigo MonkeysCPBL
林瀚 (Lin Han)IFTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
陳偉志 (Chen Wei-Chih)IFTaiwan Power CompanyAmatuer
林祖傑 (Lin Tsu-Chieh)IFTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
蕭帛庭 (Hsiao Po-Ting)IFTaiwan Power CompanyAmatuer
林加祐 (Lin Chia-Yu)IFTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer
姜建銘 (Chiang Chien-Ming)IFTopco FalconsAmatuer
詹子賢 (Chan Tzu-Hsien)OFChinatrust BrothersCPBL
申皓瑋 (Shen Hao-Wei)OFFubon GuardiansCPBL
戴如量 (Tai Ju-Liang)OFTaiwan Power CompanyAmatuer
陳孝允 (Chen Hsiao-Yun)OFTaiwan Cooperative BankAmatuer

Players Withdraw From the Tournament

蘇智傑 (Su Chih-Chieh)OFUni-LionsCPBL
王維中 (Wang Wei-Chung)PNC DinosKBO
廖任磊 (Liao Jen-Lei)PYomiuri GiantsNPB

Three professional players had withdrew from the Asian Games due to injuries and existing club obligation.

They are replaced by three amateur players 唐嘉駿 (Tang Chia-Chun) from the Taiwan Cooperative Bank, 蔡偉凡 (Tsai Wei-Fan) from Taiwan Power Company and 姜建銘 (Chiang Chien-Ming) from Topco Falcons.

Team Taiwan Structure from Previous Asian Games

Generally speaking, the Asian Games medals are always shuffle between the usual three countries, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Due to the military service time incentive, Taiwan and Korea always sent their professional players to the Asian Games, while Japan normally sent their amateur players from their industrial league (JABA All-Star).

2002Busan (Korea)193Silver Medal
2006Doha (Qatar)202Gold Medal
2010Guangzhou (China)213Silver Medal
2014Incheon (Korea)168Silver Medal
2018Jakarta (Indonesia)717?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here