The China Post
Date: October 3, 2016
By: The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) formally announced its
withdrawal from Taiwan’s preparations for the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
The body, which organizes professional baseball in Taiwan, said it would leave the decision to release players for national duty up to individual teams.
CPBL Secretary-General Chu Kang-chen told local media that the CPBL has withdrawn its previous offer to provide assistance for team member draftee selection, training, holding practice matches and overall back-up support in preparation of next year’s 16 nation tournament.
The withdrawal of assistance comes after negotiations to select a manager to lead the national team between the semi-official Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) governing body and the CPBL, fell through.
CTBA backed the Sports Administration’s nomination of Lion’s manager Kuo Tai-yuan for manager, while the CPBL argued for the EDA Rhinos’ Yeh Chun-chang, according to local reports. [FULL STORY]