Monday, March 1, 2010

It Could Be A Long Season For The Elephants

The 2010 season has yet to begin but it already looks like it could be a difficult season for the Brother Elephants. Along with the Bears, the Elephants lost several key players due to the match-fixing scandal, including a large chunk of their pitching staff. This, coupled with the expulsion of two of the team's most popular players (Tsao Chin-Hui and Chen Chih-Yuan) has already caused a notable drop in interest from their fan base. On the field matters have hardly helped things as the team has gone 0-4 so far in spring training (against opposition who are not full- time professionals).

But, it is (very) early in the season and there may be a few bright spots ahead. The acquisition of Lin En-Yu from the NPB in Japan has been seen as a much needed boost to the team. The Elephants will also be using all four of their import allocations to further bolster the pitching staff. Out of necessity, there will also be several new domestic faces on the club this year.The rookies will have to adapt quickly to the pro game in order to avoid 2010 being a lost season for the men in black and yellow. 

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