Chien-Ming Wang hopes for return to major leagues王建民希望有回報大聯盟
November 19, 2014, 12:11 am TWN
Former Taiwanese major league pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (王建民) waves to media during a homecoming press conference in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)
Wang had only a total of 22 big league starts between 2011 to 2013 while pitching for the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays.
“I am not going to give up the dream and I hope to return to the MLB in a healthy state,” Wang said at the press conference.Speaking during a homecoming press conference in Taipei, the 34-year-old right-hander, who signed the deal with the Atlanta Braves last week, said he is happy to continue his time in the U.S. because he still hopes to be called up to the big leagues once again.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Taiwanese major league pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (王建民) yesterday expressed hope to return to the Major League Baseball (MLB) mound next season as he recently signed a minor league contract with an MLB team to continue his journey in the U.S. instead of coming back to Taiwan.
He spent the past season at the Triple-A level, making a combined 28 starts for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox's farm teams and left with a 13-8 record and a 4.12 ERA.
The past season marks the first time since 2008 that Wang has pitched through a whole season while staying relatively healthy instead being put on the injury list.
Asked to comment on his past season, Wang said he was not particularly upset over not being called up to the big leagues.
“It is not something that is easy to accomplish. I will just continue to work hard until that day comes,” he said.
He also said he is looking forward to playing for the Braves and hopes that with his eight seasons of MLB experience, he will be given a chance to go back to the big leagues even though it means he may need to change his role from a starter to a reliever.
He added that the decision to join the Braves was made under the suggestion of his agency that weighed several options and ultimately decided that the team can offer Wang more opportunities.
According to his agent, Wang will be paid US$15,000 a month by the Braves in the minors, and his annual salary will rise to US$1 million if he is promoted to the major leagues, plus extra incentives.
The contract also includes a clause that guarantees an invite to major league spring training and an opt-out clause that Wang could exercise if he is not in the major leagues by July 1, 2015, it added.
The Tainan-born righty and the most renowned Taiwanese hurler in the U.S. league holds the most wins for a Taiwan-native pitcher in the big leagues.
He had back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees in 2006 and 2007 before injuries derailed his career.
台北，台灣 - 台灣前大聯盟投手王建民（王建民）昨日表示，希望重返美國職棒大聯盟（MLB）塚下個賽季，他最近簽署了一項小聯盟合約與美國職棒大聯盟球隊繼續他的旅程在美國，而不是回來台灣。