Dodgers To Play Two Games In Taiwan
LA club will face CPBL Team in Taipei and Kaohsiung.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will travel to Taiwan and play two games against a team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) on March 13 and 14. This will be the Dodgers second trip to Taiwan . They became the first Major League team to play in Taiwan in 1993 when they competed against a team of CPBL All-Stars.
The games will mark the third time since 2008 that a Major League team has traveled to Asia . In March 2008, the Dodgers and San Diego Padres played two Spring Training games in Beijing , the first-ever MLB games played in China . Later that month, the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's opened the 2008 MLB regular season with a two-game series in Tokyo , Japan .
The two-game set in Taiwan will not be part of the 2010 MLB Spring Training Schedule.
"We're very excited to return to Taiwan and continue to strengthen the relationships that date back to the 1980s," said Dodger Owner Frank McCourt. "The Dodgers believe wholeheartedly in the development of the game of baseball internationally and we have many fans in Taiwan who we look forward to seeing in March."
Following the historic Dodger game versus the CPBL all-stars in 1993, the club further developed their partnerships in Taiwan . In 1996, The Dodgers formed a working agreement with the Sinon Bulls of the CPBL and the Bulls became the first Taiwanese team to train in Latin America when they visited the Dodgers' facility in the Dominican Republic , Campo Las Palmas, in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003.
The Dodgers were the first MLB club to sign a Taiwanese high school player, pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo in 2000. On September 9, 2002, Chin-Feng Chen became the first Taiwan-born player in the Majors and Kuo became the fourth in 2005. Of the six Taiwanese players to appear in the Major Leagues, four have played for the Dodgers.