2009 CPBL

From BR Bullpen

The 2009 Chinese Professional Baseball League season saw some major changes in the league's structure. The schedule was expanded to 120 games from 100, allowing for several new record-setters. Wilton Veras wrapped 176 hits for Sinon to set a new mark, while rookie teammate Yi-Chuan Lin drove home 113, also a new record. Chih-Sheng Lin of the Bears almost broke the home run mark. Chien-San Kao of the Lions pitched in 66 games, a new league record.

The league shrank in terms of number of teams, as two teams collapsed after the 2008 season due to gambling scandals. It was the smallest number of entries since the 2002 CPBL also featured four teams.

Despite posting the worst overall record in the circuit, the Brother Elephants made it to the finals by winning the second-half title. After the season, the Elephants became entangled in yet another CPBL gambling scandal. Additionally, the Bears' Chung-You Tsai and Ying-Feng Tsai were banned from play after the campaign for involvement in a gambling plot.

Standings[edit]

  1. Uni-President Lions, 34-24-2 first half; 29-30-1 second half
  2. La New Bears, 33-26-1 first half; 28-32 second half
  3. Sinon Bulls, 29-29-2 first half; 28-31-1 second half
  4. Brother Elephants, 21-38-1 first half; 33-25-2 second half


Awards[edit]

The MVP and Rookie of the Year awards both went to Yi-Chuan Lin of the Sinon Bulls. Lin had set a new league record for RBI in his initial campaign. He was the third player ever to take home both honors, following En-Yu Lin (2005) and Chun-Yang Tsao.


Gold Gloves[edit]

For the first time ever, a position had no one selected as a Gold Glove winner as no second baseman got the honor.

Best Ten[edit]

Offensive Leaders[edit]

Pitching Leaders[edit]

Source: Taiwan Baseball Blog