Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dodgers ready to Rock Taiwan


Taiwan Series

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. CPBL

March 12-13, 2010

Tien Mou Stadium

Taipei, Taiwan

Game 1: LHP Eric Stults vs. LHP Ying-Chieh Lin

Game 2: RHP Josh Towers RHP Chien-Fu Yang

Fri: 6:37 p.m. (local)

Sat: 2:07 p.m. (local)

HISTORIC SERIES – The Dodgers will face the CPBL in their second-ever games played in Taiwan. The two teams will square off at Taipei’s Tien Mou Stadium on both Friday night and Saturday afternoon and will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Kaohsiung County Stadium.

HARDLY THEIR FIRST GO ‘ROUND The Dodgers are no strangers to international contests, having played games in several countries around the world. In addition to their first Friendship Tour here in 1993, which marked the first-ever Major League games in Taiwan, the Dodgers made tours of Japan in 1956, 1966 and 1993. Los Angeles has also played exhibition games Puerto Rico (1988) and Mexico, competing in both Monterrey (1991) and Mexico City (1964 & 2003). The team held its Spring Training in Havana, Cuba in 1941-42 and Ciudad Trujillo in the Dominican Republic in 1948 before moving to Vero Beach, FL and ultimately Glendale, AZ.

DID YOU KNOW?Taiwan is home to more than 23 million people, with the national language considered Standard Mandarin. Two of the most well-known sites in the country include the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101, which was the tallest building in the world until it was recently surpassed by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

YOUNG LEADER – In 2008, Dodger Vice President and Assistant General Manager Kim Ng was named to the Young Leaders Forum for the National Committee on United States-China relations and took part in a four-day retreat in Nanjing, China. The YLF provides an opportunity to enhance the dialogue between the two countries and build lasting economic, geopolitical and cultural ties among people of both nations.

CLINICALLY SPEAKING On Friday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m., Hong-Chih Kuo, Chin-lung Hu, Tim Wallach and Jim Slaton will host a clinic for a group of Taiwanese youth at Tien Mou Stadium. This past November, Kuo and Hu returned to their high school, Nan-Ying High in Tainan City, to host a two-day clinic for kids.

► Kuo and Hu also spent time with a group of Taiwanese baseball-playing youngsters prior to thee Sept. 23, 2009 game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The group came to the game as guests of the U.S. State Department. Photos of this visit are available upon request from the Dodgers’ PR Department.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR – The Dodgers’ roster in Taiwan is represented by seven countries – the United States, Taiwan (Kuo, Hu), South Korea (Choi), the Dominican Republic (Ramirez, Alvarez, Perez and Berroa), Mexico (Castillo, Felix and Gutierrez), Venezuela (Bastardo) and Curacao/Netherlands Antilles (Jansen). In fact, all seven nationalities are represented on the pitching staff alone!

OPEN FOR BUSINESS The Dodger franchise’s ties to the continent of Asia date to 1956, when the Brooklyn Dodgers took part in a postseason tour of Japan. Since that time, the team has stayed intricately involved in the worldwide expansion of baseball, becoming the first Major League team to open an office in Asia (1998), the first to play a game in Taiwan (1993) and the first to host a game in China (2008).

ON THE RADIO – On May 19, 1993, Dodger Stadium hosted the first baseball game to be broadcast in four languages – English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese.

EXPERIENCE COUNTS The Dodgers’ Taiwan roster has 17 players with big league experience and more than 60 years of combined Major League service time, including two former All-Stars (Manny Ramirez and Ronnie Belliard) and a Rookie of the Year (Angel Berroa). A complete roster is attached.

ONCE A DODGER… Chin-Feng Chen will face his former team during this series for the first time. The 32-year-old outfielder was the first Taiwanese player to appear in a Major League game, playing in 19 contests for Los Angeles from 2002-05. In 2006, he returned to Taiwan and has played for the La New Bears ever since, enjoying great success while leading the team to a championship in the CPBL.

SECRET OF HIS SUCCESSJoe Torre is known throughout the world for his leadership and on Saturday, March 13 at 9 a.m., Torre will host a private seminar at Tien Mou Stadium. Torre will be joined by renowned baseball commentator Dean Yuan and he will speak about his career and answer questions for a group of Taiwanese VIPs and baseball professionals.

While Torre and the Dodgers are playing in Taiwan, Don Mattingly is managing the team during Cactus League play at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.

PIONEERING DODGERS – There have been six players in Major League history born in Taiwan and four have played for the Dodgers, including the first, Chin-Feng Chen (2002). The others to play for Los Angeles are Hong-Chih Kuo, Chin-hui Tsao and Chin-lung Hu. The only non-big league Dodgers born in Taiwan are Chien-Ming Wang and Fu-Te Ni. Kuo became the first player born in Chinese Taipei to hit a homer in a Major League game when he connected on June 12, 2007.

A SIGN OF THE TIMES – On Saturday morning, March 13 at 9 a.m., Eric Stults and Jamey Carroll are scheduled to sign autographs at the MLB Clubhouse Shop in Taipei. The shop is located at

SEASONED TRAVELERS – During the 2010 season, the Dodgers will travel approximately 51,950 miles from the time they arrive at Camelback Ranch until the last day of the regular season. The team will make at least 37 different flights, including the 12,828 mile round-trip from Phoenix to Taipei.

SEEING THE WORLD A survey of the Dodgers’ Taiwan roster reveals that there are several international travelers in the group. Among the more unique places that Dodger players and coaches have traveled are Spain and Morocco (Jon Link), England (Josh Towers), Holland and Cuba (Chin-lung Hu), Brazil and Japan (Manny Ramirez), Belgium (J.D. Closser), Colombia and Panama (Ronnie Belliard), Germany and Italy (Lucas May), Argentina and China (Xavier Paul) and Saudi Arabia (John Shoemaker). Brian Barton is the most seasoned traveler, having visited more than a dozen countries, including Ethiopia and Peru.

►There are seven players who made the Dodgers’ 2008 trip to Beijing, China – Kuo, Hu, May, Paul, John Lindsey and Eric Stults as well as Joe Torre and coaches Lorenzo Bundy and Shoemaker.

John Lindsey had the first-ever hit during the Beijing Series in 2008, a single to left field.

► The only two members of the Dodgers’ traveling party to make both the 1993 and 2010 trips to Taiwan are third baseman and now coach Tim Wallach and team photographer Jon SooHoo.

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