CPBL U-24 team to face NPB’s Chiba Lotte Marines in November

In preparation for the upcoming Asia Professional Baseball Championship, the CPBL U-24 team will play 3 exhibition games against NPB’s Chiba Lotte Marines from 10th to 12th of November 2017.

CPBL commissioner Wu Chih-Yang meeting with NPB's Chiba Lotte Marines team president Shinya Yamamuro
Power Series 2017 announced. CPBL U-24 All-Star vs NPB’s Chiba Lotte Marines in November.

MLB Taiwan tour cancelled. NPB invited instead

With the cancellation of the 2017 MLB All-Star Taiwan tour, CPBL was able to invite NPB’s Chiba Lotte Marines to Taiwan with only a third of the original allocated funding.  The 3-game exhibition series will be held in Taoyuan stadium.

According to Chiba Lotte team president 山室晉 (Shinya Yamamuro), the team will named its new manager in October, and this exhibition series in Taiwan will be his first test as the skipper.

It’s good to bring the team back to Taiwan once again.  The city of Taoyuan and Monkeys fans has left us with a strong impression after our 2014 trip.  鈴木大地 (Daichi Suzuki) will lead the 2017 Lotte team, and despite this being an exhibition series, we will do our very best and have the win them all mentality going into this”  Said Chiba Lotte team president Shinya Yamamuro at the press conference.

Exhibition Series format

During the press conference, CPBL commissioner 吳志揚 (Wu Chih-Yang) mentioned the exhibition series will use the official NPB ball and will have the WBSC’s extra inning tiebreaker rule, where in the extra inning starts with runners on first and second with no outs when each team comes to the plate.

official NPB ball and rosin bag will be used in 2017 Power Series
2017 Power Series will use official NPB ball and rosin bag. Photo Credit: (pbplus.me)

Not the first time Chiba Lotte Marines in Taiwan

This is not the first time Chiba Lotte Marines working with CPBL.  As there has been a lot of exchange between Lamigo Monkeys and Chiba Lotte Marines since 2014.

Apart from the annual exhibition games during spring training, Lamigo Monkeys have been sending their prospects to Chiba Lotte fall camp in Japan the last couple seasons.  Below is the 2014 Power Series event highlight.

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Official poster of CPBL U24 team vs Chiba Lotte Marines
Poster of the upcoming exhibition games.  Photo Credit: (CPBL.com.tw)



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