>> ASIAONE / NEWS / LATEST NEWS / SPORTS / STORY
New York Mets welcome infielder Hu
Fri, Jan 28, 2011
The China Post/Asia News Network

The New York Mets held a press conference in its home stadium, Citi Field, on Wednesday amid heavy snow, to welcome the coming abroad of Taiwan-native infielder Chin-lung Hu, the first ever Taiwanese player in the team's franchise history.

"We are very glad to have Hu join our team," said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson in the press conference, adding that the decision was also very important to the community since his team is based in Flushing, New York, home to many Taiwanese immigrants.

"I think it's great that he represents a significant part of the community here. I certainly would not say that that had no impact whatsoever, but ultimately this was a baseball decision," he said.

"I didn't want Chin-lung to think that he had been brought in here for reasons other than his own ability and our sense that he can contribute to the team," Alderson added later.

Speaking at the press conference, Hu said he was also really excited to join the team after spending eight years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He said he had visited the community before and felt at home when the Dodgers were in New York to play against the Mets.

"It's just like Taiwan," he said. "A lot of great Chinese food."

The 26-year-old Tainan native also noted that he was familiar with the team's manager Terry Collins, who used to be the Dodgers' minor-league field coordinator.

"He was with me for two years," Hu said of Collins. "He's a great coach. Everybody was scared of him. He's a disciplinarian, but he's good."

The Mets acquired Hu from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a minor-league pitcher named Mike Antonini on Dec. 27, 2010.

Hu was signed by the Dodgers in 2003 and was seen as a highly regarded prospect for he was named MVP of the 2007 Futures Game. However, though Hu proved to be of value as a defensive replacement, he continued to struggle offensively.

In 96 games with the Dodgers from 2007 to 2010, he hit just .191.

 
 
STORY INDEX
 
  New York Mets welcome infielder Hu
   
 
  Taiwan sends record delegation to Asian Winter Games
   
 
  Football: Honda, Park shortlisted for Asian Cup award
   
 
  RugbyU: Springbok dope-case pair cleared
   
 
  Welcome to F1, now climb that frozen waterfall
   
 
  Schumacher targets eighth world F1 title
   
 
  Karate - Singapore national body expels clubs to prevent power struggle
   
 
  Football: Non-stop Fergie driving United in FA Cup
   
 
  Golf: Woods encouraged after three-under effort
   
 
  Football: Chelsea up for the cup, warns Terry
   
>> RELATED STORY
Tennis: Li hopes for Russian-style boom in China
No kisses from Diaz for Chou
Williams F1 team considering flotation
Hit the dirt
Sports and studies can go hand-in-hand

Elsewhere in AsiaOne...

Health: Badminton legends share nutrition secrets

Motoring: Key men of S'pore motosports

Digital: Lovebirds tie the knot via video conference

Business: Korea's outdoor clothing climbing to fashion heights

Just Women: Sporting a new look

Multimedia: Sports violence on the rise?

 

We welcome contributions, comments and tips.
a1admin@sph.com.sg
Search AsiaOne: