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 Players in 2018 Asian Game Roster
- 陳柏豪 (Chen Po-Hao) – Chinatrust Brothers – RHP – 19 Years Old.
- 詹子賢 (Chan Tzu-Hsien) – Chinatrust Brothers – OF – 24 Years Old.
- 林承飛 (Lin Cheng-Fei) – Lamigo Monkeys – IF – 21 Years Old.
- 林樺慶 (Lin Hua-Ching) – Lamigo Monkeys – RHP – 24 Years Old.
- 王玉譜 (Wang Yu-Pu) – Uni Lions – LHP – 22 Years Old.
蘇智傑 (Su Chih-Chieh) – Uni Lions – OF – 24 Years Old.
- 申皓瑋 (Shen Hao-Wei) – Fubon Guardians – OF – 21 Years Old.
- 林政賢 (Lin Cheng-Hsien) – Fubon Guardians – OF – 23 Years Old.
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
廖任磊 (Liao Jen-Lei) – Yomiuri Giants (NPB) – RHP – 25 Years Old. 王維中 (Wang Wei-Chung) – NC Dinos (KBO) – LHP – 26 Years Old.
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)||P||Lamigo Monkeys||CPBL|
|陳柏豪 (Chen Po-Hao)||P||Chinatrust Brothers||CPBL|
|林政賢 (Lin Cheng-Hsien)||P||Fubon Guardians||CPBL|
|王玉譜 (Wang Yu-Pu)||P||Uni-Lions||CPBL|
|唐嘉駿 (Tang Chia-Chun)||P||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|蔡偉凡 (Tsai Wei-Fan)||P||Taiwan Power Company||Amatuer|
|王政浩 (Wang Cheng-Hao)||P||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|吳昇峰 (Wu Sheng-Feng)||P||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|王宗豪 (Wang Tsung-Hao)||P||Taiwan Power Company||Amatuer|
|黃健隆 (Huang Chien-Lung)||P||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|林宇祥 (Lin Yu-Hsiang)||P||Taipei City Baseball Team||Amatuer|
|黃佳瑋 (Huang Chia-Wei)||C||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|陳瑞慕 (Chen Jui-Mu)||C||Taiwan Power Company||Amatuer|
|林承飛 (Lin Cheng-Fei)||IF||Lamigo Monkeys||CPBL|
|林瀚 (Lin Han)||IF||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|陳偉志 (Chen Wei-Chih)||IF||Taiwan Power Company||Amatuer|
|林祖傑 (Lin Tsu-Chieh)||IF||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|蕭帛庭 (Hsiao Po-Ting)||IF||Taiwan Power Company||Amatuer|
|林加祐 (Lin Chia-Yu)||IF||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
|姜建銘 (Chiang Chien-Ming)||IF||Topco Falcons||Amatuer|
|詹子賢 (Chan Tzu-Hsien)||OF||Chinatrust Brothers||CPBL|
|申皓瑋 (Shen Hao-Wei)||OF||Fubon Guardians||CPBL|
|戴如量 (Tai Ju-Liang)||OF||Taiwan Power Company||Amatuer|
|陳孝允 (Chen Hsiao-Yun)||OF||Taiwan Cooperative Bank||Amatuer|
Players Withdraw From the Tournament
|蘇智傑 (Su Chih-Chieh)||OF||Uni-Lions||CPBL|
|王維中 (Wang Wei-Chung)||P||NC Dinos||KBO|
|廖任磊 (Liao Jen-Lei)||P||Yomiuri Giants||NPB|
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).
|2002||Busan (Korea)||19||3||Silver Medal|
|2006||Doha (Qatar)||20||2||Gold Medal|
|2010||Guangzhou (China)||21||3||Silver Medal|
|2014||Incheon (Korea)||16||8||Silver Medal|