Kuo could make debut at Winter League
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The second edition of the Asian Baseball Winter League (ABWL, 亞洲冬季棒球聯盟) is scheduled to kick off next month in Taiwan during which homecoming former Major Leaguer Hong-Chih Kuo (郭泓志) could make his debut in front of Taiwanese fans.
October 24, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The ABWL will officially launch on Nov. 26, featuring four teams, including one home team made up of local players, and three visiting squads, one from the Dominican Republic, one from Japan and one from South Korea, the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) announced yesterday.
Team CPBL will be managed by veteran baseballer Kuo Yuen-chih (郭源治). The local team is expected to consist of homecoming overseas Taiwanese players, amateurs and younger members of the CPBL's second unit.
Team Japan will be made up of young players from Nippon Professional Baseball's minor league.
South Korea will make its debut in the ABWL this year. The Asian country did not send a team to the debut ABWL last year. The Winter League season will run until Dec. 21, it noted.
Meanwhile, former Taiwanese Major League pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo (郭泓志), who officially joined local professional team Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions (統一獅) with a record-high contract earlier this month, could make debut at the ABWL, the CPBL said.
Hong-Chih Kuo, the highest paid player in the CPBL's 24-year history, however, may not play for the home team in the ABWL to make room for younger players, if he decides to join the games, the CPBL said.
He could play for the Dominican Republic instead, it noted.
Team Japan that went 18-2 during the debut ABWL took the championship title last year.