Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Pride of Taiwan now a Royal

Anonymous said...


How about Tsao?

What do you see Chin-hui
Tsao's role progress for the Royals in 2008 season?

December 31, 2007 2:28 AM

The Tao said...

well, assuming the Dodgers don't trade Tsao to the Royals, he'll have quite the minimal effect. Among his countrymen, I prefer one Chin-Lung Hu, anyway, who projects to be a solid-to-rather good rookie.

Of course, if it's really Chin-hui Tsao you're curious about, here are his stats:

December 31, 2007 2:40 AM

-- Comments from IDWT's last post

I promise I did all the necessary background work before posting my response. Google News searches for Chin-hui Tsao produced no hits of significance, and he was still listed as an LA Dodger by every major baseball site that didn't list him as a Colorado Rockie.

Well... he's a Royal. It was announced stateside at 1:06 p.m. ET, or about 11 hours after "Anonymous" -- writing from Taiwan? -- somehow got hold of this news.

So to Anonymous, please allow me this revised comment: Chin-hui Tsao has the potential to be a very good asset for the Royals. My hope is that his signing becomes one of those under-the-radar winter moves no one pays attention to until mid-summer when the guy's established in the bullpen and creating a stir among beat reporters who love back-from-injury feel-good stories. Tsao was a tremendous prospect a few years ago with the Rockies before he underwent rotator cuff surgery, and as with all pitchers who once showed potential, he gives us reason to hope for a return to form. He was the first Taiwanese pitcher to play in the big leagues, so an entire island-nation/not-nation knows his name and profile very well. Bottom line: call me an optimist, but I think his future is bright.

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