'Two Minutes with ...' focuses on Chen
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The "Two Minutes with…" series continues with Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Chen has a new interpreter this season, which is more out of habit than necessity as he's able to have conversations in English. The 28-year-old Chen went 7-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 23 starts last season, missing time with an oblique injury and having bone spurs removed from his knee this winter.
Expected to be part of the Orioles' starting five, here's a little more about the Taiwan native off the field…
Favorite food: Hot pot. Chinese hot pot. You put all the food in there and cook it up in water. It's like a stew.
Favorite movie: 42.
Hidden talent: I can speak four languages -- Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese and, now, English.
If I wasn't a baseball player, I'd be … in the Army. I thought about it [before baseball], but not really that serious. In Taiwan, it is a good job with a steady salary.
Favorite offseason place: Europe. I went there to play baseball, but I didn't really get to see much. A lot of friends have told me it's fun to go, so I want to go there again.
Prized possession: My collection of One Piece toys, which are of famous Japanese animations. I started the collection about 10 years ago, when I was in Japan, and I keep it at home in Taiwan.