Baseball fans in Taipei are pretty pissed at the bench-warmer roster the Los Angeles Dodgers has for the three-game exhibition series taking place next week.
The 33-man Dodger roster was announced on Tuesday. The list of players only includes three starters and just seventeen players with major league experience. Taiwanese baseball fans are livid. Many are requesting refunds for their tickets, while others are protesting with a Facebook page, because nothing says bitterness as well as making an angry Facebook page about it.
This is, after all, the worst thing to happen to Taiwanese baseball fans since Chien-Ming Wang accidentally flushed his talent down the toilet.
The Dodgers didn’t ask any of their stars to make the trip, but Manny “Being Manny” Ramirez, James “I Don’t Like to be A” Loney, and Ronnie “You Can Ring My” Belliard volunteered to participate in the Asian adventure. The top four pitchers of the Dodgers rotation, Hiroki Kuroda, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Vicente Padilla, will not make the cross the Pacific.
It’s hard to understand why any player would skip an opportunity for an all expense paid trip to somewhere interesting like Taiwan. I suppose some aren’t interested in the fifteen hour flight as much as they’re not interested in other cultures.
Taiwan natives Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-lung Hu will make the trip because they’ll be treated like royalty by the Taiwanese fans. Everybody loves a local!
When the Dodgers first visited Taiwan, they brought almost all the players on their 25-man. MLB Asia President Jim Small (how appropriate for an Asian guy, right?) brought attention to that fact that the Dodgers are in spring training right now, while the 1993 match-up took place in the off-season.
The Dodgers will play three games against a local Chinese Professional Baseball League all-star team, on March 12th and 13th in Taipei, and on March 14th in Kaohsiung.