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The Chinese Taipei national baseball team will face a pretty decent lineup

Oct 14, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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Not too long ago Major League Baseball announced that a team of major leaguers was going to go to Taiwan to play an all-star series against the Chinese Taipei national team in November.  They just announced the players who will be participating. Among them: Curtis GrandersonRobinson Cano, Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Cabrera.

There’s a lot of falloff after that, going down to Logan Morrison and then guys like Jeff Mathis and Erick Aybar, but it still seems like Bruce Bochy — who will manage this bunch — can put together a pretty darn good starting lineup. Pitching is way more suspect with Dillon Gee and Jeremy Guthrie vying for the title of “ace” of the staff.  Mark Melancon will be the closer.

A mixed bag to be sure, but with an offensive core like that, I presume that they’ll still thump whatever the Chinese Taipei national team will be able to muster.

  1. manifunk - Oct 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    I’m sure China is already upset about this new shipment of offensive weapons to Taiwan.

  2. unclearnie - Oct 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Please don’t put Aybar in the same catagory as Mathis – Aybar can hit (at least for an Angel)

  3. Kyle - Oct 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    I can’t wait for Bochy to play Mathis in left field while Morrison rides the bench to work on his mental approach.

  4. hittfamily - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Unless this article was written in China, there is no reason to refer to Taiwan as Chinese Taipei. Outsourcing Craig?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      That’s the phrasing that MLB used in its press release. I presume they have their reasons.

      • hittfamily - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM

        Is this Craig or Claig???

    • cktai - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      China (the Peoples Republic) does not object to designation ‘Taiwan’. Instead it is the Republic of China (which is Taiwan and a few islands) itself that objected to the name Taiwan since it for one does not reflect the entire country, but more importantly because accepting that name would go against their claim over the whole of China. They themselves chose the designation Chinese Taipei rather than Taiwan after being rejected as the Republic of China.

  5. cosanostra71 - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Really, you’re sending a team of players as ambassadors of the sport, and you include Jeff freaking Mathis? Am I the only one who hates him with a burning passion? Cause it seems like everyone involved with the major leagues is missing the fact the guy is the worst offensive player in the history of baseball!

    • Bryz - Oct 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      Mathis is the worst offensive player? Drew Butera says hi.

  6. hittfamily - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Anyone else having trouble seeing the comments? Not that I’ll be able a response anyway.

  7. flyerscup2010 - Oct 17, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    they should send the phillies lineup that lost to the cardinals just to make taiwan’s team feel better about themselves. obviously ryan howard isn’t available, but you could make up for the lost futility by just starting mayberry and ibanez together.

    sour grapes? dont care.

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