Taiwan’s Wang Po-jung joins Japanese pro baseball team

Taipei, Taiwanese outfielder Wang Po-jung (???) has signed a three-year contract for up to US$4 million with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s professional baseball league, according to the player’s agent, PCG Bros Sports Management.

Wang’s current team, the Lamigo Monkeys of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), announced Friday that it reached a deal with the Fighters for Wang’s transfer, but did not reveal the details.

Local media have speculated the Monkeys could receive a transfer fee of some US$2 million.

The Taiwanese outfielder said he was honored to join the Japanese club and was grateful for the Monkeys’ support, which helped him realize and continue to live his dream.

Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said Wang’s performance in the CPBL stood out, as was clear to everybody, and he expected the 25-year-old to strengthen the Hokkaido club’s outfield.

General Manager Hiroshi Yoshimura called Wang the best player in the CPBL’s history, and he believed the outfielder’s talents will be fully unleashed by playing in Japan.

Wang was the CPBL’s MVP in 2016 and 2017 and helped the Monkeys win its sixth CPBL championship in November with 159 hits and 17 home runs during the 2018 season, according to the CPBL’s website.

Wang’s last played a game in Japan in 2017, when he was part of the Taiwanese team competing in the 2017 Asia Professional Baseball Championship in Tokyo.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel