Israel shows Taiwan the way at WBC

The China Post
Date: April 4, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan exited the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) after losing all

In this undated file photo, the Haifa Lions compete in a Taipei Dragon Boat Festival race. (Photo courtesy of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei)

three group-stage games, leading to its rock-bottom finish in Pool A in South Korea last month.

This means the team will have to go through the qualifiers for a shot at competing in the next edition of the WBC — another disappointment for Taiwan, where baseball is widely seen as the national pastime.

Among Taiwan’s three losses, going down in its tournament opener to baseball minnows Israel 15-7 was the most stinging and least expected. It was followed by defeats at the hands of baseball powerhouses the Netherlands and South Korea.

The humiliating loss was also an all-time low for the team at the WBC; its previous worst performance was a 14-0 thrashing by Cuba in 2013.    [FULL  STORY]

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