What Team Chinese Taipei lacks in experience, it hopes to make up for in skill and athleticism during the World Baseball Classic. Just three players on the roster, all pitchers, are currently in the farm system of a Major League Baseball team.Right-handers Ping-Hsueh Chen and Shao-Ching Chiang are teammates within
What Team Chinese Taipei lacks in experience, it hopes to make up for in skill and athleticism during the World Baseball Classic. Just three players on the roster, all pitchers, are currently in the farm system of a Major League Baseball team.
Right-handers Ping-Hsueh Chen and Shao-Ching Chiang are teammates within the Indians' Minor League organization, while Wei-Chung Wang is a left-hander in the Brewers' system. One familiar face on the roster is Chien-Ming Wang. He spent nine seasons in the Majors, most recently with the Royals in 2016. He went 6-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 38 games (24 starts).
• World Baseball Classic tickets | Rules for WBC 2017
:: 2017 World Baseball Classic ::
The World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. Internationally, the tournament will be distributed across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
Chinese Taipei has a deep pitching staff, with 21 pitchers on the roster. Each team has the option of using the designated pitcher pool [DPP], which works like this: A team can use up to 10 designated pitchers, but can't have more than two on its active roster at a time. Those active DPs can be replaced at the beginning of each of the next two rounds, but only by another DP. Once a DP has been replaced, he cannot return to the active roster for a subsequent round. Using Chinese Taipei as an example, Yun-Wen Chen and Kuo-Hua Lo are the active DPs for the first round of pool play, so they can be replaced on the roster before the second round or the championship round, but only by one of the team's other DPs. And if a DP joins for the second round, he can be replaced for the championship round, but only by another DP.
:: 2017 World Baseball Classic teams ::
Ping-Hsueh Chen, Indians
Shao-Ching Chiang, Indians
Wei-Chung Wang, Brewers
- Active designated pitchers pool
** Designated pitchers pool
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com.