CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #134
Uni-Lions News: Ryan Feierabend
On June 26, the Uni-Lions set to part ways with Ryan Feierabend. According to the team, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Feierabend asked to be let go so he can return to the United States to be with his family. The 34-year-old left-hander will pitch out of the bullpen until the end of June.
Now that was the official answer, however, to read between the lines, it was most likely due to contract disputes. Many speculate the Uni-Lions probably only signed Feierabend to a three-month contract and both parties were unable to reach an extension agreement.
Uni-Lions' Ryan Feierabend picked up his first win in the CPBL last night. The 34-year-old left-hander pitched 6 solid innings with 6 strikeouts. #CPBL pic.twitter.com/GlIwVj47H1
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) May 16, 2020
New Pitchers: Brock Dykxhoorn, Unnamed MLB RHP
With Donn Roach already left the team and Ryan Feierabend set to leave at the end of June, the Uni-Lions confirmed they have signed two new foreign players. The team will make an official announcement once their work permits are ready.
Based on the rumours, one of the new foreign pitchers is Brock Dykxhoorn, and the other pitcher is an American right-hander who pitched in the MLB in 2019 season.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2020 CPBL season.
Too bad Feierabend didn’t stick around longer, but he’s getting to an age where it may be harder to be away from his family. He didn’t pitch badly but if the Uni-Lions weren’t willing to give him the money he wanted he may have just decided it was time to leave. It isn’t rare to see a foreign pitcher pitch OK but not great for three months in the CPBL and then leave kind of by mutual agreement.
I think it could be the case of not wanting to set a precedent, they have done that in the past with other foreign players. But given what happen with the pandemic, it is still possible, maybe he just want to be with his family. I guess we will never know.
By the way, they told the media today that the new pitcher is an American right-hander who pitched in the MLB last season.