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MLB “stars” sweep five-game series against Chinese Taipei

Nov 6, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

San Francisco Giants' manager Bochy, New York Yankees' Granderson and Cano attend a news conference in Taipei Reuters

We did it! … Or something.

According to Doug Miller of MLB.com, a group of Major League Baseball players (some stars, others not) captured a 6-4 victory Sunday at Cheng-Ching Lake Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, finishing up a five-game sweep of a Chinese Taipei team led by Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang.

Yankees Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano were the main attraction, and were even invited to pose in the Chinese Taipei team picture taken right after the conclusion of the five-game set.

Three of the five contests were decided by fewer than three runs and MLB team manager Bruce Bochy noticed daily improvement from the opposition.

“It could have gone either way,” said Bochy. “Sure, we won five games, but you could see their confidence growing and they were playing right there with us. It’s good for baseball and for Taiwan. A lot of these are young players playing against the best players in the world, and they were fighting hard. It was a great experience for all of us. We’ve had a great time.”

MLB.com produced some excellent videos throughout the visit, including this one of a player-run clinic.

The roster for the Taiwan series, excluding Cano and Granderson, consisted of Pablo Sandoval (Giants), Logan Morrison (Marlins), Drew Butera (Twins), Jeff Mathis (Angels), Erick Aybar (Angels), Michael Morse (Nationals), Ryan Roberts (Diamondbacks), Danny Valencia (Twins), Emilio Bonifacio (Marlins), Bill Bray (Reds), Ross Detwiler (Nationals), Dillon Gee (Mets), Collin Balester (Nationals), Jeremy Guthrie (Orioles), Mark Melancon (Astros) and Jose Veras (Pirates).

  1. derekjetersmansion - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Does that team listed win the World Series this year?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:30 PM

      Is that a series question?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:31 PM

      for heavens sake…..serious not series.

      • jimbo1949 - Nov 7, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        Sirius, we’re talkin’ all-stars here.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    I watched a couple of games. To say the least, it was an underwhelming series.

    That’s no team of MLB stars, with an exception of a couple of players. They should have just called it “MLB Players” vs. Taiwan. The Phillies would have wiped the floor against this group of MLB players.

  3. Kyle - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Good job?

  4. Reflex - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    This was a Taiwan team, there is no such thing as “Chinese Taipei”. Show some respect. None of the players in Taiwan thought they were playing for “Chinese Taipei” nor did thier uniforms say any such thing.

    Seriously, this article is incredibly offensive.

    • awriterorsomething - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      Is it incredibly offensive when the Olympic team is called th Chinese Taipei Olympic Team? Of their international swim team? Or the team they send to the World Baseball Classic?

      • Reflex - Nov 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM

        Yes, it actually is. Perhaps US teams should be reffered to as something other than what they call themselves in the foreign press? How is this respectful?

    • samu0034 - Nov 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      I can see your point, but to suggest that it’s “incredibly offensive” is a little over the top. It’s somewhat akin to the U.S. demanding that Puerto Rico be known as “American Puerto Rico” in international competition. It’s certainly China’s intent to create an air of ownership with regard to Taiwan by pressuring the international community to refer to Taiwan as “Chinese Taipei” in international competition, and in that sense one can understand the annoyance/anger of Taiwanese people over the issue. But that said, Taiwanese media outlets (admittedly I looked it up on Wikipedia) don’t even universally refer to their teams as the Taiwan team, so to hold HardballTalk to a higher standard than Taiwan’s own media seems a little excessive.

      • Reflex - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:57 AM

        I work with people from Taiwan. Its a neverending source of frustration for them to have US media continue to refer to their country as a part of China. The media in Taiwan is somewhat split on the issue, mainland China funds some of their media, and as a result some of it uses their preffered name for the island. But that is not public sentiment, and they have repeatedly rejected leaders or legislation that would unify them with the mainland.

        Its very different in Puerto Rico. PR can leave the US at any time with a simple vote. We have no hold over them and do not block them from joining the UN or assert that they are our soverign land. PR is a territory, and like any territory they have the right to join or leave at will with no claims by the US.

      • samu0034 - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        But it’s not just the U.S. media. It’s the media the world over, plus international sporting bodies, non-sporting international competitive organizations, the International Monetary Fund. It’s not like NBC are the bad guys here. Take it up with China and their bad behavior.

  5. The Common Man - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    This is exactly the result I’d expect from a team led by Drew Butera and Jeff Mathis.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:28 PM

      I hear Jeff Mathis was incredible defensively.

  6. romoscollarbone - Nov 6, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Looking at that roster, what were Cano n Granderson doing on it? Were those two paid 5x as much as everyone else?

  7. bobwsc - Nov 7, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    is Bochy’s head ridiculously large?

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