Team Chinese Taipei react after Kungkuan Giljegilaw of Chinese Taipei hits a three run homerun at the bottom of the 8th inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool A game between Italy and Chinese Taipei at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium on March 10, 2023 in Taichung, Taiwan. Three players from the Chinese Taipei roster at the 2023 World Baseball Classic will play for the country at the 2023 Asian Games. (Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images)
By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
Chinese Taipei announced its roster for the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, which will take place at the Shaoxing Baseball Softball Sports Culture Center from October 1-7.
Chinese Taipei is currently No. 4 in the World Baseball Rankings.
The best result Chinese Taipei has recently seen in an international senior event was a fifth place finish in the 2019 Premier 12. During the 2019 Asian Championship in Taiwan, Chinese Taipei beat Japan in the gold medal game, which was the last time that they won gold at a regional senior event.
The 24-man roster for Chinese Taipei will consist of players playing in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan, players assigned to Minor League affiliates of Major League Baseball organizations, semi-professional teams, independent leagues in the United States, and Nippon Professional Baseball.
There are only three players that are returning from the 2023 World Baseball Classic roster, Major League Baseball journeyman Tzu-Wei Lin, Lin Li from the CPBL’s Rakuten Monkeys, and Cheng Tsung-Che, from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
The Chinese Taipei national team played four games of their International Friendship Series against the United States Collegiate National Team in North Carolina to prepare their roster.
Chinese Taipei will play their final game against the United States Collegiate National Team at 6 p.m. EDT at Segra Stadium in Fayetteville, N.C., and the game will be streamed on USA Baseball’s YouTube page.
The Shaoxing Baseball Softball Sports Culture Center complex is located in the north of Shaoxing City. There are two baseball fields that are on the complex grounds. The main stadium on the complex grounds can seat 5,000 people and add 5,000 temporary seats. The second stadium has 1,500 seats and can add 1,000 temporary seats.
Shaoxing Baseball Softball Sports Culture Center was supposed to be the site of the baseball and softball events at the Asian Games for 2022, but the games were canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The date of the 19th Asian Games is from September 23 to October 8.
2023 Chinese Taipei Asian Games Roster
Gu Lin Ruei-Yang (Uni-Lions)
Cheng Hao-Chun (CTBC Brothers)
Lin Kai-Wei (Wei Chuan Dragons)
Liu Chih-Jung (Boston Red Sox)
Chen Po-Yu (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Pan Wen-Hui (Philadelphia Phillies)
Wu Sheng-Feng (Taiwan Cooperative Bank)
Wang Cheng-Hao (Taiwan Cooperative Bank)
Lai Po-Wei (Taiwan Cooperative Bank)
Lin Yu-Min (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Wang Yan-Cheng (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles)
Dai Pei-Feng (Fubon Guardians)
Lyle Lin (Toronto Blue Jays)
Lin Li (Rakuten Monkeys)
Lin Tzu-Hao (Uni-Lions)
Cheng Tsung-Che (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Lee Hao-Yu (Philadelphia Phillies)
Li Yi-Wei (Taiwan Cooperative Bank)
Liao Chun-Kai (Taiwan Power Company)
Chen Min-Sih (Taichung City-Semi-Pro)
Lin An-Ko (Uni-Lions)
Shen Hao-Wei (Fubon Guardians)
Lin Tzu-Wei (Long Island Ducks)
Yang Chen-Yu (Taiwan Cooperative Bank)