Big leaguers to play Chinese Taipei
MLB, MLBPA to bring All-Star Series to Taiwan in November
Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced that a team of Major Leaguers will travel to Taiwan this November to play against the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series.
The 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series will consist of five games played between Nov. 2-6 in three different cities -- New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on Nov. 2, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on Nov. 3 and 4th and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake Stadium) on Nov. 5 and 6th. Each game will feature the MLB team playing the Chinese Taipei national team and all games will be broadcast live in Taiwan by FTV, Major League Baseball's exclusive over-the-air broadcaster for regular-season and postseason games.
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will be selecting the MLB team and staff. A full roster and coaching staff will be released in October.
"Major League Baseball is excited to take another important step in showcasing our great game to Taiwan, continuing our objective to bring baseball to fans throughout the world," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "We are pleased that many fine players will represent Major League Baseball when they meet the top talents of Taiwan."
"Major League players are eager to return to Taiwan as part of the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series, and they look forward to joining their counterparts from the Chinese Taipei national team in helping grow the world-wide popularity of the game they love," said MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner. "The players also want to thank the people of Taiwan for once again welcoming them to their country."
"The baseball community and all of Taiwan are greatly anticipating this opportunity for our national team to compete against players from Major League Baseball," said Richard T.C. Lin, secretary general of the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association. "We are delighted that Major League Baseball has returned to Taiwan and we look forward to seeing more games played here in the future."
There are currently 28 players from Taiwan playing in Major League organizations including two on Major League rosters.
The most recent MLB trip to Taiwan was in March 2010 when the Dodgers traveled to the country to play a two-game series against the Chinese Professional Baseball League All-Stars.
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are committed to introducing the game at all levels, including providing a showcase for the best baseball talent from all over the world. From the World Baseball Classic to Opening Series, Spring Training games and All-Star exhibitions, together MLB and the MLBPA have dramatically expanded the platform for international events, bringing MLB teams and players to fans in Canada, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Venezuela.
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