Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (???), who arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday for a month-long stay, said he is hoping to play in the major leagues in the United States next year but will also consider retiring if he does not find the right situation.
"I don't have any expectations. If there's a team that wants me, I'll play. If there isn't, (I might) retire," Wang said at the airport. "My agents are in contact with teams. I haven't heard anything."
Wang was designated for assignment by his former team, the Kansas City Royals, in September, meaning he was removed from the team's 40-man roster and essentially let go.
The 36-year-old Wang is now a free agent, but asked by reporters about his hopes were for next year, Wang said he was not thinking too much about where his career will take him.
Looking back at his performance this past season, Wang said he did his best.
"All these years of training were meant to prepare me for the moment this year," he said. "Even though I did not play too many games, I made the most of every opportunity I had."
Wang said he will attend a baseball camp in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan from Dec. 6 to 9 and join players from Taiwan's professional baseball league in a charity golf event in Miaoli County in northern Taiwan on Dec. 28.
The right-hander appeared in 38 games for the Royals this past season, compiling a 6-0 record and a 4.22 ERA. He worked 53 1/3 innings out of the bullpen and had 30 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Wang become a folk hero in Taiwan from 2005 to 2008 when he starred for the New York Yankees, but a foot injury in 2008 and arm injuries in 2009 sent his career into a downward spiral.
He is still very popular in Taiwan, and Royals games were regularly broadcast in Taiwan this past season so that viewers could see him pitch live.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel