Lamigo Monkeys

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Lamigo Monkeys
Lamigo-logo.jpg
League Chinese Penis Baseball League
Ballpark Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium
Year founded 2003 (2003)
Taiwan Series championships
Former name(s)
  • First Financial Holdings Agan (2003)
  • La New Bears (2004-2010)
Playoff berths
Ownership La New Corporation
Manager Hung Yi-chung
General Manager Su Ching-hsuan

The Lamigo Monkeys (Chinese: Lamigo 桃猿; pinyin: Lamigo Táoyúan), formerly First Financial Holdings Agan (第一金控金剛, abbreviated 第一金剛) and then the La New Bears (La New 熊), are a professional baseball team in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. Owned and administered by the Kaohsiung-based shoe-producing La New Corporation, the Bears qualified for the playoffs in 2006 for the first time in team history, and by finishing with the best record for the whole season, gained an automatic berth in the Taiwan Series.

The Bears played their home games at Chengcing Lake Baseball Field in Kaohsiung County (now part of Kaohsiung City) from 2004 to 2010. In the 2011 season, their home stadium was moved to Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. Accordingly, the team's name was changed to the Lamigo Monkeys.

History[edit]

First Financial Holdings Agan[edit]

Sometimes known as the First Securities Agan, the Agan was owned by the First Financial Holding Corporation, a government-funded financial holding service institute. Its then-chairman Chen Chien-lung (陳建隆) was a keen political supporter of President Chen Shui-bian, and, upon the president's request, immediately agreed to take over one of the two former TML teams after TML was merged into CPBL in January 2003. Since Macoto Bank had already decided to take-over the Macoto Gida, Chen Chien-lung took over the Agan as promised. Interestingly, the bulk of Agan's player came from Taipei Gida and Kaohsiung-Pingtung Fala, and not the Taichung Agan which carried the same mascot and the champion of the final season of TML. Agan played its home games at Chengcing Lake Baseball Field.

Without a strong roster plus the management's inexperience and unprofessionalism in running a professional sports club, the Agan performed poorly right from the start of the 2003 season. After Chen Chien-lung's sudden resignation due to allegation of insider trading in August 2003, the First Financial Holding Corporation no longer showed willingness in running the team. The Agan finished the 2003 season placing fifth overall, and did not win any of the 20 games against Brother Elephants, the Taiwan Series champion of that season.

La New Bears[edit]

Just before the 2004 season, Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing invited La New Corporation, a footwear manufacture to sponsor the then-vacant Chengcing Lake Baseball Field, which was under the management of Kaohsiung County after the disbandment of Taiwan Major League. La New Corporation eventually agreed and, in addition, offered to buy First Financial Holdings Agan, whose management has been struggling in the past season. On December 16, 2003, La New completed the process with First Financial Holdings and renamed the team La New Bears. In the first two years of their existence, the Bears did not perform well. But after several addition to the roster through drafts and the minor league, the Bears turned the team around, eventually winning the 2006 Taiwan Series title. The Bears did not win any title since then.

Lamigo Monkeys[edit]

Alternative logo

After several years of futile effort to manage the Kaohsiung market, the team relocated to Taoyuan County and changed its name to Lamigo Monkeys in January 2011. Lamigo is a subsidiary of La New Corporation that operates a wellness center, restaurants as well as a travel agency in northern Taiwan. Since Lamigo is based in northern Taiwan, the team was moved to Taoyuan County and play their home games at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. Their new name in Chinese, taoyuan (桃猿), is a homophone to their new home county. Despite the name change, La New Corporation retained its direct ownership of the team.[1] In 2012, the Monkeys won their first seasonal title after the name change when they defeated Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions four games to one in Taiwan Series.

Records[edit]

Qualified for playoffs Taiwan Series Championship Asia Series Championship

Regular seasons[edit]

Season Wins Losses Ties Pct. Place
First Financial Holdings Agan
2003 20 (9/11) 71 (37/34) 9 (4/5) .220 (.196/.244) 5 (6/5)
La New Bears
2004 40 (18/22) 56 (30/26) 4 (2/2) .417 (.375/.458) 6 (6/5)
2005 42 (16/26) 55 (32/23) 3 (2/1) .433 (.333/.531) 6 (6/2)
2006 62 (30/32) 34 (19/15) 4 (2/2) .646 (.612/.681) 1 (1/1)
2007 58 (26/32) 42 (24/18) 0 (0/0) .580 (.520/.640) 2 (2/1)
2008 61 (28/33) 35 (19/16) 4 (3/1) .610 (.596/.673) 2 (2/1)
2009 61 (33/28) 58 (26/32) 1 (1/0) .513 (.559/.467) 2 (2/4)
2010 55 (31/24) 62 (27/35) 3 (2/1) .470 (.534/.407) 3 (2/4)
Lamigo Monkeys
2011 66 (33/33) 52 (26/26) 2 (1/1) .559 (.559/.559) 1 (2/1)
2012 66 (28/38) 52 (30/22) 2 (2/0) .559 (.483/.633) 2 (2/1)
Total 531 517 32 .507 --

Playoffs[edit]

Season First Round Taiwan Series
Opponent Wins Losses Opponent Wins Losses
La New Bears
2006 Seeded first Uni-President Lions 4 0
2007 Seeded first Uni-President Lions 3 4
2008 Brother Elephants 0 3 Eliminated
Lamigo Monkeys
2011 No first round. Uni-President Lions 1 4
2012 No first round. Uni-President Lions 4 1
Total 8 12

Asia Series[edit]

Year Round Robin Championship Round
Wins Losses Standing Opponent Result
La New Bears
2006 2 1 2 Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters 0 - 1 (L)
Lamigo Monkeys
2012 2 0 1 Yomiuri Giants 3 - 6 (L)
Total 4 1 -- 0W - 2L

Roster[edit]

Lamigo Monkeys roster
Active Roster Coaches/Others

Pitchers


Roster updated 2013-12-14

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Minor league manager

Minor league coaches

Trainees




Notable former players[edit]

Retired number[edit]

  • 10 - This number is reserved for the fans, as the tenth player on the field.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huang, Paul (January 7, 2011). "La New Bears become the Lamigo Monkeys". Taipei Times. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 

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