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Wang returns home, expresses wish to play for Taiwan

Homecoming Taiwanese major leaguer Chien-Ming Wang expressed his wish to play for the national team in the next year's World Baseball Classic (WBC) if circumstances permit.

“I would love to play for my country if I have the chance,” Wang told local media when asked to comment on the issue upon his arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday morning.

But he also noted that he has to be fit and healthy and that any decision would depend on whether he has signed a contract with a new team by that time.

The 32-year-old right-handed pitcher, who has just ended his contract with the Washington Nationals, arrived in Taiwan with his wife and son around 4 a.m. yesterday morning

Suffering from injuries, the Tainan-native righty appeared in only 10 games for the Nationals and finished with a 2-3 record and a 6.68 ERA for the past season.

Speaking to reporters yesterday at the airport, Wang said he will be staying in his hometown of Tainan for about a month visiting family members.

He is scheduled to head back to the U.S. early December in searching of a new team for the next Major League Baseball (MLB) season.

As a free agent now, Wang is currently looking for his next ballclub in the MLB to continue his professional career in America.

"No teams have yet to contact me,” Wang said.

Commenting on his possible options, Wang said he is more interested to play for the American League teams because of the league's pinch hitter rules.

  Rumor has it that the New York Yankees could consider signing him, and the former Yankees ace said he would love to rejoin the Bombers if the chance were to arise.

“Yankees were my first team when I started my professional baseball career in the U.S. I have deep sentiment toward the team,” he noted.

Wang went to the U.S. in 2000 to pursue a baseball career and made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2005.

In the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Wang became the ace starter for the New York team, winning 19 games two consecutive years.

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Chien-Ming Wang, left, holding hands with his son, and his wife walk at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, yesterday.

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