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Chinese Taipei Announces 2024 Premier12 Tournament Coaching Staff

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 12th, 2024 11:53am EDT

Chien-Ming Wang #67 of the Kansas City Royals looks on during the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 24, 2016, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association announced the coaching staff for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 tournament on April 11.

The Premier12 tournament will be from November 10-24 after the regular seasons in Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, the Korean Baseball Organization, Liga Mexicana de Beisbol, and the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan.

According to the WBSC website, the CPBL League preparatory committee approved building the coaching staff for the 2024 Premier12 event.

Jeffrey Jr. Koo is the president of the CTBA.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher and Olympian Chien-Ming Wang was announced as the Chinese Taipei pitching staff for the Premier12 event and is currently the pitching coach of the CTBC Brothers in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan.

Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions coach Chih-Kang Kao will serve as the bench coach with Chinese Taipei at the Premier12 tournament.

Former CTBC Brothers manager Cheng-Min Peng will be the hitting coach for Chinese Taipei and current CTBC Brothers coach Chiang-Ho Che will be the infield coach for Chinese Taipei at the Premier12.

Former Rakuten Monkeys manager in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan, Hao-Ju ‘Totoro” Tseng, was hired by the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association to manage the nation at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 tournament, the event X account reported on March 28.

Tseng and Wang are the only coaches returning from the Premier12 2019 tournament coaching staff for Chinese Taipei. Cheng was part of the Chinese Taipei coaching staff during the 2019 Premier12 tournament.

Chinese Taipei is ranked at No. 5 in the World Baseball Rankings from the WBSC and will have a roster of players from the CPBL or the independent and minor leagues in the United States.

Tseng is now the Rakuten Monkeys minor league manager for the 2024 regular season after stepping down as manager from 2020-23. His overall record managing with the Rakuten Monkeys was 245-224-11 during his four seasons.

During the last Premier12 event in 2019, Chinese Taipei finished in fifth place with a record of 4-3 and went 2-3 in the Super Round, not qualifying due to the Total Quality Balance run differential format from the WBSC. Chinese Taipei ended with the same record as the United States at 2-3 but did not qualify due to the TQB format.

In the first year of the Premier12 tournament, in 2015, Chinese Taipei finished in fifth place with a record of 2-3 in Group A on home soil at Douliu Baseball Stadium in Douliu, Taiwan. Due to the TQB format, they did not advance out of pool play and ended with the same record as Puerto Rico.

Chinese Taipei has won two gold medals at the Asian Baseball Championship in 1987, 2001, and 2019. Chinese Taipei, South Korea, and Japan all ended in a three-way tie at the Asian Baseball Championship in 1989. Chinese Taipei has only won one gold medal at the Asian Games in 2006.

The WBSC has yet to announce the confirmed game times schedule for the 2024 Premier12 event.

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Matt Tallarini
Matthew (Matt) Tallarini is the Founder and Chief Correspondent for the World Baseball Network. Matt played semi-professional baseball with the Pelham Mets in Pelham, New York for four years, including the 2018 Semi Pro World Series. During the pandemic, Matt began engaging with international baseball, as a way to keep connected to the sport. Matt created the World Baseball Network and its signature website, WorldBaseball.com as a way to promote and inform similar likeminded fans about the players, teams and leagues innovating the sport of baseball and feeding into Major League Baseball (MLB). As a result of Matt’s efforts, World Baseball Network is now the benchmark standard for international baseball coverage, including MLB, MiLB, NCAA, Korea, Japan, Caribbean, Baseball United, WBC, WBSC and more. In a short time, Matt has interviewed a who’s who of global baseball legends and coaches. These include: Former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera; Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman; former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams; Mickey Callaway former MLB manager; Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach; Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics; Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player; Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs; Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals; and Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matt Tallarini is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance. Since its inception, Matt has been the Chief Correspondent for World Baseball Network. Matt has interviewed and interacted with many international players and coaches including former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams, Mickey Callaway former MLB manager, Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach, Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics, Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player, Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs, Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matthew is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance.