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2008 CPBL

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The 2008 Chinese Professional Baseball League season marked a second straight Taiwan Series title for the Uni-President Lions. The season, like so many in CPBL history, was plagued by game-throwing scandals. It was the 6th such incident in 7 years. The dMedia T-Rex, an expansion team, only lasted one season due to such a scandal and the China Trust Whales folded as well due to the same scandal, dropping the league from six teams to four.

On a more positive note, Wei-Lun Pan threw a no-hitter and was an error shy of the first perfect game in the league's 19 seasons. Chin-Feng Chen set a record with 13 total bases in one game, on July 13.

Standings[edit]

  1. Uni-President Lions, 34-16 first half; 33-17 second half (Manager: Wen-Sheng Lu)
  2. La New Bears, 27-19-3 first half; 33-16-1 second half (Manager: I-Chung Hong)
  3. Brother Elephants, 24-22-3 first half; 28-19-1 second half (Manager: Kuang-Huei Wang)
  4. Chinatrust Whales, 20-30 first half; 19-31 second half (Manager: Chang-Heng Hsieh)
  5. dMedia T-Rex, 21-28-1 first half; 16-32 second half (Manager: Chia-Chi Liu, Rong-Tsong Tsai)
  6. Sinon Bulls, 19-30-1 first half; 18-32 second half (Manager: Chang-Hao Hu)

Leaders[edit]

Italics indicate all-time record

Batting[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Batting Average Cheng-Min Peng Brother Elephants .391
Runs Tilson Brito Uni-President Lions 90
Hits Kuan-Jen Chen Brother Elephants 118
Doubles Long-Yi Huang La New Bears 40
Triples Kuan-Jen Chen
Ssu-Chi Chou
Brother Elephants
dMedia T-Rex
7
Home Runs Tilson Brito Uni-President Lions 24
Runs Batted In Tilson Brito Uni-President Lions 102
Stolen Bases Sheng-Wei Wang Brother Elephants 24
Walks Cheng-Min Peng
Wei Kao
Brother Elephants
dMedia T-Rex
51

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
ERA Yu-Cheng Liao Brother Elephants 2.31
Wins Mike Johnson La New Bears 20
Losses Chien-Fu Yang Sinon Bulls 14
Holds Po-Chang Shen Uni-President Lions 14
Saves Jermaine Van Buren La New Bears 20
Innings Pitched Mike Johnson La New Bears 183 2/3
Appearances Yu-Chieh Shen Chinatrust Whales 49
Hits Allowed Mike Johnson La New Bears 175
Home Runs Allowed Ryokan Kobayashi Brother Elephants 12
Strikeouts Fu-Te Ni Chinatrust Whales 132
Base-on-Balls Yu-Cheng Liao Brother Elephants 65

Award Winners[edit]

Award Player Team Position AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG W - L SV IP HA HRA BB SO ERA
Most Valuable Player Mike Johnson La New Bears P Did not bat 20 - 2 1 183.2 175 8 60 107 2.45
Rookie of the Year Chi-Wei Lin Sinon Bulls P Did not bat 9 - 8 5 115.1 132 4 35 109 3.90


Best Ten[edit]

The following players were part of the 2008 Best Ten teams.

Position Player Team
P Mike Johnson La New Bears
C Yi-Feng Kuo Brother Elephants
1B Cheng-Min Peng Brother Elephants
2B Sen Yang Uni-President Lions
3B Tilson Brito Uni-President Lions
SS Chih-Sheng Lin La New Bears
OF Wu-Hsiung Pan Uni-President Lions
OF Long-Yi Huang La New Bears
OF Ssu-Chi Chou dMedia T-Rex
DH Chin-Feng Chen La New Bears

Gold Gloves[edit]

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 2008.

Position Player Team
P Ryokan Kobayashi Brother Elephants
C Yi-Feng Kuo Brother Elephants
1B Cheng-Min Peng Brother Elephants
2B Hung-Sen Chu Brother Elephants
3B Chih-Wei Shih La New Bears
SS Sheng-Wei Wang Brother Elephants
OF Long-Yi Huang La New Bears
OF Cheng-Wei Huang Brother Elephants
OF Fu-Hao Liu Uni-President Lions

Source: Taiwan Baseball Blog

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