According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are close to signing 33-year-old pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract. You may remember Tsao from his days as a top prospect in the Rockies' organization (lol, sure), but what he's most famous for is getting banned from baseball in Taiwan amidst allegations…
What the hell?
More zaniness from Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League, the only baseball league in the world that really matters. And this one involves Manny Ramirez's old team, the EDA Rhinos, in a recent game against the Brother Elephants. Man, even the baseball team names in Taiwan are perfect.
"He’s just like a child. This guy hit 555 homers in the major leagues, and he’s coming here trying to learn from kids about how they swing. I’m like, what? Are you fucking kidding me?" A look at how Taiwan remade Manny Ramirez. [BuzzFeeᴅ]
After three months as the single most popular person in Taiwan, Manny Ramirez will leave the EDA Rhinos by week's end. Weep not, Manny fans, because he's probably headed for the greener, more lucrative pastures of Japan.
Drink it in. This is history.
After being unable to find a job literally anywhere else, Manny Ramirez made his debut yesterday for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's top league. The fans were enthusiastic, and slightly confused.
You might not realize it from the USA's roster, but many countries think the World Baseball Classic is important. One of those is Taiwan, which is expecting big things. After failing to get out of a group of death in the 2009 tournament, they enter this year's WBC ranked fifth in the world—just a spot behind 2009…
In 2009, Chien-Ming Wang had received shoulder surgery that would keep him out of baseball for two years, and had just lost his contract with the Yankees. So he did what any one of us would do—he went to the bar a lot, and chatted up the cute bartender.
What? You thought Linsanity wasn't going to be part of all-star weekend? David Stern knows a good thing when he sees it and, this morning, the NBA confirmed that Lin will participate in the Haier shooting stars competition, making the Knicks guard eligible to help out his teammate Iman Shumpert, who's competing in the…
Taiwan claims him. China wants him. More from The Wall Street Journal: "Taiwanese think of Jeremy Lin as…a son of Taiwan because his parents came from Taiwan and now Chinese television is making the same claims, saying he's from Zhejiang or some place," [journalist and basketball blogger Chris Wang] said. "This is…
MLB has a tradition of sending a band of all-stars to the East after the season ends—to the MLB-Japan All-Star Series, for example. This year the great stars of MLB are headed to Taiwan for a three-game series with the Chinese Taipei national team. Wait a second, these are terrible stars!
Barring, of course, the final police report on Bay To Breakers.