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China Airlines mulling formation of professional baseball team

2016/02/02 21:19:47

Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) on Tuesday invited China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest air carrier, to form a fifth professional baseball team in Taiwan.

In response, CAL President Chang Yu-hern (張有恒) said he would "make an assessment."

The CPBL, at the invitation of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, will compete with the latter at the Nagoya Dome and Osaka Dome on March 5 and March 6.

The CPBL and CAL held a joint news conference Tuesday to promote coming baseball-themed flights. The flights will allow fans to be on the same flight with team members, coaches and the media.

CAL will also launch baseball-themed package tours, including hotels, game tickets as well as guided tours of the domes.

John Wu (吳志揚), the head of the CPBL, said that the league received support from CAL in the World Baseball Classic in 2013.

In the Asia Series 2013, the two also cooperated on fielding a CAL cheerleading squad.

Wu said that the performance of the CAL cheerleading squad, comprised of the airline's crew members, was as brilliant as their CPBL counterparts.

Since the airline has demonstrated an interest in baseball, it can consider forming the fifth professional team, Wu said.

There are currently four clubs under the CPBL -- the Eda-Rhinos, Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions, Lamigo Monkeys and Chinatrust Brothers.

(By Lin Hung-han and Lilian Wu)