Written by: 杜易宸
Analysis of the Chinese Taipei Universiade Baseball Team
Within the preliminaries, the Chinese Taipei baseball team is divided into the A Group, which includes South Korea, France, and the Czech Republic. Among these teams, Chinese Taipei’s coach, Kuo Lee Chien-Fu, states that he wants to win against South Korea’s team the most.
Previously at the 2016 Gwangju Universiade, Chinese Taipei’s baseball team had won all four of their games and had their game with Japan canceled due to the rain. As a result, Chinese Taipei’s baseball team had won 1st place last year while South Korea had received 3rd. The three teams mentioned above can be said are the teams that have drawn the most attention for the Universiade. However, other countries’ teams cannot be looked down upon and one must be ready at all times.
Chinese Taipei’s baseball team includes the strong left pitcher Leu Yan-Qing along with brothers Chen Zhong-Ting and Chen Zhong-Yu, who both have been recruited by Chinese Taipei’s United Lions professional baseball team. In addition, the team has chosen Lin Li and Yue Dong-Hua in an audition and professional baseball players Su Zhi-Jie, Chang Min-Xun, and Chen Ming-Ting. They are led by coach Kuo Lee Chien-Fu, who hopes to protect the hard-earned gold medal that Chinese Taipei had received last year and show his countrymen the fruitful results after months of training. Fans of the Major League Baseball (MLB) can attend the games to cheer on Chinese Taipei’s baseball team.
There are two recesses during the Universiade baseball games; I think there will be audacious choices for pitchers during the first event, while the second event will be two days in succession; if the starting pitcher isn’t in top condition, will lead to pitchers enduring more rounds. Luckily Chinese Taipei goes against South Korea on the last day, so if there is a successful defense against the Czech Republic team in the previous round, the Chinese Taipei team can use many pitchers during their battle with South Korea, as the lengthy pitcher bench is Chinese Taipei’s biggest advantage. And with many international veterans in the ranks of the pitchers and fielders, there isn’t any worry of stage fright, so the team just has to play the game using their daily training.