CPBL to Lead Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) Senior National Team Going Forward

Newly appointed Sports Administration Director-General Lin Te-Fu has wasted no time in making sweeping changes to the way baseball is operated at the national level after the Taiwanese national team finished 0-3 in this year's World Baseball Classic (WBC)

Lin's first major move was to help coordinate the transfer of power at the senior level from the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) to the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This includes preparations for the 2019 WBSC Premier12, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the 2021 WBC.

The changes come after an ugly battle between the CTBA and the CPBL before the 2017 WBC that led to the local professional league boycotting the tournament and withdrawing its support. 

Speaking at a press conference on Friday in Taipei, Lin said his ultimate goal is to help build the best-ever national baseball team, via the Taipei Times. One way he plans to do that is by exploring the possibility of expansion of the CPBL from four teams to six in hopes of deepening the nation's talent pool. 

Lin also noted that he plans to restructure government led sports associations and ensure transparency in their finances.

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