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Wei Chuan Dragons

The Wei Chuan Dragons (味全龍) was a professional baseball team in Taiwan's CPBL that existed between 1990 and 1999.

Brief History

This team had a long amateur history when its parent company, the Wei Chuan Food Corporation, started sponsoring Chinese Culture University's baseball team in late 1970s. After these student players graduated, Wei Chuan Food Corporation formed an amateur team to allow them to continue playing baseball in 1978; it was this team that later professionalized to become one of the first four teams of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). Because of its long Amateur history, its games often drew large attendances, and games with Brother Elephants, another popular team, were often sold-out. This team took the now-demolished Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium as its home throughout its history.

This club won CPBL championships 4 times in 1990, 1997, 1998, and 1999, and became the team with most CPBL championships after the 1999 season ended. However, just as a Dragons Dynasty seemly to form, Wei Chuan Food Corporation announced its decision to disband this club at that time, mainly due to:

  • Threats from local criminal gangs (Wei Chuan Dragons's then manager Hsu Sheng-ming was attacked in April 1999)
  • The financial loss brought about by CPBL's game-fixing scandals since 1996
  • Wei Chuan Food Corporation was absorbed by the China-based Ting Hsin International Group in 1998, and this Ting Hsin corporation did not show high interest in supporting a baseball club.

The disbandment shocked many local fans and a procession was even raised against the decision. However the Wei Chuan Food Corporation did not change its mind. Most Wei Chuan Dragons' coaches and players later found their new homes at Sinon Bulls or Kaohsiung-Pingtung Fala. CPBL also did not fine those former Wei Chuan players and coaches who returned back with Macoto Gida and First Financial Holdings Agan before the 2003 season started, because they did not leave CPBL voluntarily.

Records

Qualified for playoffs''' Taiwan Series Championship

Regular Seasons

Season First Half-Season Second Half-Season
Wins Losses Ties Pct. Place Wins Losses Ties Pct. Place
1990 25 20 0 .556 2 27 14 4 .659 1
1991 26 17 2 .605 1 20 19 6 .513 2
1992 23 20 2 .535 2 18 22 5 .450 4
1993 26 19 0 .578 2 22 21 2 .512 3
1994 17 27 1 .386 5 19 25 1 .432 4
1995 25 25 0 .500 3 22 27 1 .449 5
1996 25 23 2 .521 4 30 20 0 .600 1
1997 15 31 2 .326 7 31 15 2 .674 1
1998 56 48 1 .538 3 No half-seasons
1999 49 39 4 .557 3

Playoffs

Season First Round Taiwan Series
Opponent Wins Losses Opponent Wins Losses
1990 No first round Mercuries Tigers 4 2
1991 No first round Uni-President Lions 3 4
1996 No first round Uni-President Lions 2 4
1997 No first round China Times Eagles 4 2
1998 Uni-President Lions 2 1 Sinon Bulls 4 3
1999 Uni-President Lions 2 1 Chinatrust Whales 4 1

Notable Former Players

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