Fubon Guardians

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Fubon Guardians
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Information
League Chinese Professional Baseball League
Ballpark Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium
Year founded 1993; 24 years ago (1993)
Taiwan Series championships
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2016
Former name(s)
  • Jungo Bears (1993–1995)
  • Sinon Bears (1996)
  • Sinon Bulls (1996–2012)
  • EDA Rhinos (2013–2016)
Playoff berths
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2010
  • 2013
  • 2016
Ownership Fubon Financial Holding Co.
Manager Yeh Chun-Chang
Uniforms
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Home

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Away

The Fubon Guardians (Chinese: 富邦悍將) are one of the four teams in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. The team is owned by Fubon Financial Holding Co. and play their home games at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in the New Taipei City.

History[edit]

The Jungo Era (1993–1995)[edit]

The Jungo Bears (Chinese: 俊國熊) existed in the Chinese Professional Baseball League between 1993 and 1995. Originally formed as an amateur club by the Taichung-based Jungo Corporation in 1989, this club was professionalized in 1992 after absorbing a group of players from the Chinese Taipei national baseball team who just won the silver medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics, similar to its sister team China Times Eagles. This club took Taichung Baseball Field as its home throughout its history.

Despite a nice start, this club had been performing poorly throughout its short history, mainly due to the controversial leading styles of Jungo Corporation's then chairman Chen I-ping (陳一平). After a chain of rows over TV broadcast rights and the distribution of TV broadcast royalties, in November 1995 the other 5 teams of CPBL expelled Chen I-ping and Jungo Corporation's all legal rights inside CPBL. The Sinon Corporation took over this team and renamed it as Sinon Bears, which was later renamed again as Sinon Bulls in June 1996. Later in 1999 Chen I-ping and Jungo Corporation sought to sponsor Taiwan Major League (TML)'s Taichung Agan but TML did not respond.

Sinon Bulls (1996–2012)[edit]

The Sinon Bulls (Chinese: 興農牛) were founded in 1996 and are owned by the Taichung-based Sinon Corporation, which is known for its agricultural product lines, insurance, and supermarket chains through Central Taiwan. After a poor first season, the Bulls managed a winning record for the first time in second half of the 1997 season, and achieved the feat for a full season for the first time in 1998. In this season, the Bulls made it to the championship series for the first time, losing to the now defunct Wei Chuan Dragons four games to three. Sinon would advance to the finals in 2000 and 2003 as well, losing both times.

It was in 2004 that the Bulls finally made their breakthrough with a thrilling come-from-behind seven game series win that had the city of Taichung in jubilation. The Bulls made it back-to-back Taiwan Series wins with a sweep of the Macoto Cobras the following year, their third consecutive trip to the championship series. The Bulls have now made the playoffs four years in a row (2003–2006), a Chinese Professional Baseball League record they shared with the Wei Chuan Dragons, who also appeared in four consecutive playoff rounds from 1996–1999.

The Bulls also participated in the first annual Konami Cup Asia Series in Japan following its Taiwan Series victory in 2005. While defeating a team of all-stars from the Chinese league, they lost to the champions of Japan and South Korea en route to a 1–2 showing.

At the end of the 2012 season, Sinon Corporation announced its intention to sell the team. By late December, an agreement was reached between Sinon Corporation and E-United Group, and the team was renamed EDA Rhinos after E-DA World, a large shopping, entertainment and hotel complex in Kaohsiung, Taiwan operated by E-United Group.

EDA Rhinos (2013–2016)[edit]

The EDA Rhinos (Chinese: 義大犀牛) intends to play games at both Li De Baseball Stadium in downtown Kaohsiung and Chengcing Lake Baseball Field in the suburb during the upcoming 2013 CPBL season. The Rhinos also signaled in signing Manny Ramirez for 2013 as its billboard player.[1] Taiwanese former MLB player Chin-lung Hu also signed with the team following 2013 CPBL Draft.

In June 2016 it was announced that the E-United Group are willing to sell the team.[2] The team won the second stage of the 2016 CPBL season and qualified to the Taiwan Series, where they defeated Chinatrust Brothers 4–2 to win their first championship since 2005.[2]

Fubon Guardians (2017 to present)[edit]

In November 2016, the team was renamed to Fubon Guardians (Chinese: 富邦悍將) after Fubon Financial Holding Co. bought the team.[3][4]

Records[edit]

Qualified for Playoffs Taiwan Series Championship Asia Series Championship

Regular seasons[edit]

Season Wins Losses Ties Pct. Place
Jungo Bears
1993 40 (21/19) 47 (24/23) 3 (0/3) .460 (.467/.452) 4 (4/4)
1994 29 (14/15) 59 (31/28) 2 (0/2) .330 (.311/.349) 6 (6/6)
1995 40 (19/21) 58 (30/28) 2 (1/1) .408 (.388/.429) 6 (6/6)
Sinon Bulls
1996 28 (14/14) 69 (36/33) 3 (0/3) .289 (.280/.298) 6 (6/6)
1997 45 (20/25) 48 (26/22) 3 (2/1) .484 (.435/.532) 3 (5/3)
1998 58 45 2 0.563 1
1999 30 61 2 0.330 6
2000 51 (27/24) 38 (17/21) 1 (1/0) .573 (.614/.533) 1 (1/2)
2001 34 (17/17) 51(25/26) 5 (3/2) .400 (.405/395) 4 (4/4)
2002 44 (21/23) 45 (23/22) 1 (1/0) .494 (.477/.511) 3 (3/3)
2003 62 (34/28) 32 (15/17) 6 (1/5) .660 (.695/.622) 2 (1/3)
2004 52 (25/27) 43 (22/21) 5 (3/2) .547 (.532/.563) 2 (2/1)
2005 53 (28/25) 42 (21/21) 6 (2/4) .558 (.571/.543) 1 (2/1)
2006 48 (25/23) 49 (23/26) 3 (2/1) .495 (.521/.469) 3 (3/3)
2007 42 (24/18) 57 (25/32) 1 (1/0) .424 (.490/390) 6 (4/6)
2008 37 (19/18) 62 (30/32) 1 (1/0) .374 (.388/.360) 6 (6/5)
2009 57 (29/28) 60 (29/31) 3 (2/1) .487 (.500/.475) 3 (3/3)
2010 65 (36/29) 53 (23/30) 2 (1/1) .551 (.610/.492) 1 (1/3)
2011 45 (20/25) 72 (38/34) 3 (2/1) .385 (.345/.424) 4 (4/4)
2012 38 (22/16) 77 (35/42) 5 (3/2) .330 (.386/.276) 4 (4/4)
Total 898 1068 59 .457 --
EDA Rhinos
2013 62 (35/27) 57 (24/33) 1 (1/0) .521 (.593/.450) 2 (1/4)
2014 58 (26/32) 60 (33/27) 2 (1/1) .492 (.441/.542) 3 (3/2)
2015 58 (29/29) 61 (30/31) 1 (1/0) .487 (.492/.475) 3 (2/3)
2016 61 (27/34) 58 (33/25) 1 (0/1) .513 (.450/.576) 2 (4/1)
Total 239 236 5 .503 --
Fubon Guardians
2017 48 (20/28) 70 (38/32) 2 (2/0) .407 (.345/.467) 4 (4/3)
Total 48 70 2 .407 --

Playoffs[edit]

Season First Round Taiwan Series
Opponent Wins Losses Opponent Wins Losses
Sinon Bulls
1998 Seeded first. Wei Chuan Dragons 3 4
2000 No first round. Uni-President Lions 3 4
2003 No first round. Brother Elephants 2 4
2004 No first round. Uni-President Lions 4 3
2005 Seeded first. Macoto Cobras 4 0
2006 Uni-President Lions 0 3 Eliminated.
2010 No first round. Brother Elephants 0 4
EDA Rhinos
2013 No first round. Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 0 4
2016 No first round. Chinatrust Brothers 4 2
Total Combining the first round and Taiwan Series 20 28

Asia Series[edit]

Year Round Robin Championship Round
Wins Losses Standing Opponent Result
Sinon Bulls
2005 1 2 3 Eliminated
EDA Rhinos
2013 0 2 3 Eliminated
Total 1 4 -- --

Roster[edit]

Fubon Guardians
Active Roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  •  8 Tseng Sung-Wei
  • 10 Lo Chia-Jen
  • 11 Lin Chen-Hua
  • 17 Chang Keng-Hao
  • 18 Ni Fu-Te
  • 19 Tsai Ming-Chin
  • 26 Chen Hung-Yi
  • 30 Scott McGregor
  • 36 Lo Hua-Wei
  • 38 Huang Yi-Chih
  • 39 Mike Loree
  • 41 Hsiao I-Chieh
  • 42 Chen Huan-Yang
  • 44 Scott Richmond
  • 45 Peng Shih-Chieh
  • 47 Fan Yu-Yu
  • 48 Lai Hung-Cheng
  • 56 Huang Sheng-Hsiung
  • 57 Chien Chia-Yu
  • 65 Chen Kuan-Ju
  • 71 Huang Po-Yang
  • 77 Lin Cheng-Hsien
  • 78 Chen Ming-Hsuan
  • 79 Pan Ting-Feng
  • 81 Chen Shih-Peng
  • 87 Kuo Sheng-An
  • 90 Huang Ssu-Han
  • 96 Lin Yi-Hao

Roster updated on 5 May 2017

Catchers

  •  2 Fang Ke-Wei
  • 20 Lin Kun-Sheng
  • 21 Chang Kuan-Ting
  • 55 Lin Hsien-Chang
  • 58 Tsai Yu-Ta
  • 67 Chang Chin-Lung
  • 89 Lin Chih-Yang

Infielders

  •  7 Chang Yu-Hu
  •  9 Lin Yi-Chuan
  • 16 Huang Chih-Pei
  • 22 Lee Tsung-Hsien
  • 24 Chen Kai-Lun
  • 25 Fang Hsuan-Tsung
  • 29 Yang Kuan-Wei
  • 35 Yang Cheng-Chun
  • 49 Wu Jui-Sheng
  • 51 Yu Meng-Hsiung
  • 54 Lin Wei-En
  • 60 Shih Hsiang-Yu
  • 64 Lin Wei-Ting
  • 98 Kao Kuo-Lin

Outfielders

  •  1 Lin Che-Hsuan
  •  3 Shen Hao-Wei
  • 15 Hu Chin-Lung
  • 28 Kao Kuo-Hui
  • 31 Liu Chia-Kai
  • 32 Kao Hsiao-Yi
  • 50 Chang Yung-Han
  • 52 Lin Wang-Wei
  • 53 Hsu Yu-Cheng
  • 62 Wu Tsung-Chun
  • 66 Chang Chien-Ming
  • 72 Chang Jui-Lin

Manager

Coaches

  • 00 Von Joshua (batting)
  • 12 Chang Chia-Hao (fielding/running)
  • 13 Chen Wei-Chi (outfield)
  • 61 Shen Yu-Chieh (bullpen)
  • 76 Liu Rong-Hua (head coach)
  • 92 Jiang Yi-Chang (fitness)
  • 97 Yu Wen-bin (bullpen)


List of managers[edit]

Fubon Guardians (2017–present)[edit]

Manager # Manager name Years Games Wins Losses Ties Playoffs Championships
1 Yeh Chun-Chang 2017–present 120 48 70 2 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manny Ramirez agrees to play in Taiwan - Yahoo! Sports
  2. ^ a b The China Post news staff (4 November 2016). "The inspiring underdog story of the EDA Rhinos". chinapost.com.tw. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "EDA Rhinos renamed Fubon Guardians after Fubon takeover". focustaiwan.tw. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  4. ^ CNA (16 November 2016). "New name for Rhinos to be Fubon Guardians". chinapost.com.tw. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 

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