Brother Elephants

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Chinatrust Brother Elephants
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League Chinese Professional Baseball League
Location New Taipei City
Ballpark Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium
Year founded 1989
League championships 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010
Colors Yellow
Manager Hsieh Chang-heng
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The Chinatrust Brother Elephants (中信兄弟象) are a professional baseball team in Taiwan. It was originally established as an amateur team in 1984 by the Brother Hotel located in Taipei City, and later joined the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in 1989. Brother Hotel's chairman Hung Teng-sheng (洪騰勝) also acted as CPBL's secretary-general from 1987 to 1991, and is respected as "father of the CPBL". The Elephants are currently owned by Hua Yi, a subdivision of CTBC Holding.

The Brother Elephants team has worn yellow uniforms throughout its history, and makes New Taipei its home city, with a training field in Longtan Township, Taoyuan County.

History[edit]

On March 17, 1990 the Brother Elephants played the first historical CPBL game against the Uni-President Lions in the now demolished Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium with a full house of 14,350 in attendance. Interestingly, the two teams are also the only two remaining original teams of the CPBL.

With its long history from the amateur era plus a successful marketing strategy and management, the Brother Elephants has long been the most popular Taiwanese baseball team, also winning six, CPBL championships, more than any other team. Its current roster includes local batting star Peng Cheng-min, who also participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Cola Yeh, a former Brother Elephant's player, later moved to New Zealand and started his own baseball club, the Cola Yeh Baseball team. He coached the New Zealand Little League Baseball team.

Despite having the best season-long record for the 2004 season, the Elephants were unable to participate in the Taiwan Series because they had won neither half season. This resulted in the expansion of the playoffs to three teams beginning in 2005, where the team with the best season-long record among non-champions for the season would gain a wildcard berth, thus preventing a similar occurrence in the future.

In mid-season of 2008, GM Hung Je-he revealed the possibility of sale or disbanding of the organization if the financial deficit continues after the 2009 season.

The 2009 season saw great promise. Brother Elephants were triumphant in winning the second half of the season. Unfortunately, the team was affected deeply by the game fixing scandal which resulted in expulsion of many team players and the coach.

The 2010 season saw Brother Elephants coming third in the first half of the season.

In October 2013, the team's president announced attempts to sell the team.[1] The announcement drew interest from seven potential bidders.[2] The team was sold to Hua Yi, a subdivision of CTBC Holding, by December 2013 for a price of NT$400 million.[3]

Records[edit]

Qualified for Playoffs Taiwan Series Championship Asia Series Championship

Regular Seasons[edit]

Season Wins Losses Ties Pct. Place
Brother Elephants
1990 34 (17/17) 49 (25/24) 7 (3/4) .410 (.405/.415) 4 (3/4)
1991 38 (21/17) 49 (23/26) 3 (1/2) .437 (.477/.395) 3 (3/4)
1992 51 (27/24) 35 (17/18) 4 (1/3) .593 (.614/.571) 1 (1/1)
1993 52 (28/24) 36 (16/20) 2 (1/1) .591 (.636/.545) 2 (1/2)
1994 64 (34/30) 24 (11/13) 2 (0/2) .727 (.756/.698) 1 (1/1)
1995 48 (25/23) 51 (25/26) 1 (0/1) .485 (.500/.469) 4 (4/3)
1996 52 (29/23) 43 (19/24) 5 (2/3) .547 (.604/.489) 4 (2/4)
1997 45 (23/22) 44 (20/24) 7 (5/2) .506 (.535/.478) 3 (3/5)
1998 33 69 3 0.324 6
1999 37 53 4 0.411 5
2000 38 (21/17) 48 (21/27) 4 (3/1) .442 (.500/.386) 4 (3/4)
2001 44 (17/27) 39 (23/16) 7 (5/2) .530 (.435/.628) 2 (3/1)
2002 53 (25/28) 33 (17/16) 4 (3/1) .616 (.595/.636) 1 (1/1)
2003 63 (27/36) 31 (20/11) 6 (3/3) .670 (.574/.766) 1 (3/1)
2004 54 (26/28) 45 (23/22) 3 (1/2) .545 (.531/.560) 3 (3/2)
2005 47 (25/22) 49 (23/26) 4 (2/2) .490 (.521/.458) 4 (3/6)
2006 40 (20/20) 59 (29/30) 1 (1/0) .404 (.408/.400) 6 (5/6)
2007 49 (24/25) 50 (25/25) 1 (1/0) .495 (.490/.500) 3 (4/4)
2008 52 (24/28) 42 (23/19) 4 (3/6) .548 (.511/.587) 3 (3/3)
2009 54 (21/33) 63 (38/25) 3 (1/2) .462 (.356/.569) 4 (4/1)
2010 61 (25/36) 57 (33/24) 2 (2/0) .517 (.431/.600) 2 (2/1)
2011 60 (28/32) 60 (32/28) 0 (0/0) .500 (.467/.533) 3 (3/2)
2012 60 (26/34) 58 (33/25) 2 (1/1) .508 (.441/.576) 3 (3/2)
2013 55 (26/29) 65 (34/31) 0 (0/0) .458 (.433/.483) 4 (4/3)
Total 1184 1152 77 .507 --
Chinatrust Brother
2014 50 (19/31) 66 (40/26) 4 (1/3) .431 (.322/.544) 4 (4/1)
Total 50 66 4 .431 --

Playoffs[edit]

Season First Round Taiwan Series
Opponent Wins Losses Opponent Wins Losses
Brother Elephants
1992 No playoffs. The Elephants won the championship by virtue of winning both half-seasons.
1993 No first round. Uni-President Lions 4 2
1994 No playoffs. The Elephants won the championship by virtue of winning both half-seasons.
2001 No first round. Uni-President Lions 4 3
2002 No first round. Chinatrust Whales 4 0
2003 No first round. Sinon Bulls 4 2
2008 La New Bears 3 0 Uni-President Lions 3 4
2009 No first round. Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 3 4
2010 No first round. Sinon Bulls 4 0
Total Combining the first round and Taiwan Series 26 15
Chinatrust Brother
2014 No first round. Lamigo Monkeys 1 4
Total Combining the first round and Taiwan Series 1 4

Roster[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Brother Elephants Roster
Players Coaches

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Reserve Team


Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lin Hung-han and Sofia Wu (2013-10-19). "Brother Elephants up for sale (update 2)". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ Lin, Hung-han; Jeffrey Wu (2013-10-23). "Funeral services company to bid for pro-baseball team". Central News Agency. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Lin, Hung-han; Y.L. Kao (3 December 2013). "CTBC-sponsored company buys Brother Elephants for NT$400 m.". Central News Agency. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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