Confrontation Breaks Out at CPBL Game|富邦觸身球打樂天 雙方球員衝場對峙


Taiwan's top professional baseball league, the CPBL, has started their new season ahead of most sports leagues around the world. However, during the game between the Fubon Guardians and the Rakuten Monkeys , Rakuten hitter Kuo Yen-wen was hit plunked by a pitch from Fubon pitcher Henry Sosa. The incident ignited a confrontation between players of both teams.


Fubon Guardians pitcher Henry Sosa plunked Rakuten Monkeys hitter Kuo Yen-wen with a pitch during a Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) game on April 18. The incident has ignited a confrontation amidst players from both teams.

They're having a quarrel. Is this really necessary for the incident to explode like this?

Players from both teams rushed onto the field and pushed and shoved each other after the hit-by-pitch. This was the first physical confrontation in a CPBL game this year. Some believe that Sosa's hit-by-pitch was a reaction to Kuo's claim that Fubon hitter Lin Che-hsuan used a questionable bat to hit a home run earlier in the game.

The mood in the Fubon Guardian's locker room is certainly not pleasant. They don't think their hitter Lin Che-hsuan has used a bat that's against the specifications.

The confrontation did not turn into a full-on brawl. The Rakuten Monkeys ended up beating the Fubon Guardians 3 to 1 after the Monkeys gain a point in the fifth and sevenths innings. The victory completes the Monkeys' three-to-nothing sweep of the Guardians this season. It also marks a clear win of the Monkey's head coach Tseng Hao-ju over his former mentor, Guardians' coach Hung Yi-chung.

This is a great hit. It marks the 1000th hit (by Fubon hitter Hu Chin-long).

Fubon Guardians' hitter Hu Chin-long marked a major milestone during the game on April 18 as he made his 1000th career hit. This makes him the 23rd player to do so in CPBL's history, and also the fastest player to reach the mark, after having played only 704 games with 3062 plate appearances and 2809 at bats. All three figures are new records in the leagues history.

The game has attracted attention from media outlets around the world as most pro sports leagues are still suspended. This was also the first time that foreign baseball fans had to wake up early to watch a game in Taiwan. The broadcaster of the Rakuten Monkeys streamed five games on Twitter last week, attracting over 1 million viewers.

Marly Rivera, a reporter from ESPN shared on his twitter that he had to get up at six a.m. local time six days in a roll to watch the games. The U.S.- based Los Angeles Times reported the CPBL games in its headline news. The report said that since all games were held behind closed doors as a disease prevention measure, there was no sighting of any baseball fan stretching during the seventh innings, a tradition in baseball games. It also reported on the Chinatrust Brothers' disease prevention measures.



富邦悍將投手索沙,在4局下半對樂天桃猿打者郭嚴文,投出觸身球,引發雙方板凳淨空。

球賽主播表示:「吵架了,哇,這個比賽,現在就有需要這個樣子嗎?」

兩隊球員全都衝進場內,在投手丘附近發生推擠,這場衝突也成為今年中華職棒,也是全球職棒賽事,第一場衝突紛爭。不過讓索沙投出觸身球的導火線,其實是前一個半局,郭嚴文反映,敲出安打的富邦打者林哲瑄,球棒有問題。

球賽主播表示:「悍將這邊現在當然是,休息室有一點嘩然的這種反應,說沒有啦,沒有不合規格之類這種感覺。」

還好雖然索沙投出觸身球,引發雙方衝進場內對峙,但並沒有演變成為全武行。最後桃猿也在第5和第7局,先後打下一分,終場就以3比1獲勝;樂天總教練曾豪駒,以3連勝橫掃富邦悍將,贏得和富邦總教練洪一中的「師徒對決」。

球賽主播(2020.04.18)表示:「這一棒打得很強喔,一千安達成。」

富邦悍將打者胡金龍,18號晚間則達成生涯千安里程碑,雖然是史上第23人;但他的達成速度是史上最快,只用了704場,3062打席和2809打數,三項都改寫中職最速千安紀錄。

中華職棒領先全球開打,也吸引各國媒體和球迷目光;過去是台灣球迷早起看美國職棒,現在換成國外球迷早起看中職。桃猿比賽的轉播商,上週在推特上,免費向國外觀眾轉播五場賽事,吸引破百萬人次觀看。

美國體育媒體ESPN記者李維拉(Marly Rivera),就透過推特分享,連續六天都在早上六點起來看中職比賽。另外,像是美國西岸大報、洛杉磯報,也在頭版報導中職關門比賽的情況,除了寫道因為閉門比賽,所以在台灣沒有人第七局伸懶腰,也介紹了中信兄弟的防疫作為。

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