Former Yankees ace pitcher will not rule out coaching

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Former Yankees ace pitcher will not rule out coaching

New York, July 30 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (王建民), who returned to the minor league Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark Monday to throw out the first pitch and sign autographs for fans, said he will not rule out coaching if the opportunity arises.

Age certainly plays a toll on the body, the 38-year old pitcher said, admitting that his physical stamina would make it difficult for him to remain at the Major League level.

Although he has not officially announced his retirement from baseball, the former ace pitcher for the New York Yankees said that he is leaning more toward coaching, because he hopes to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of young players wishing to play in the United States.

Wang, who attended the July 29 premiere of a documentary featuring the latter years of his professional baseball career, advised young players from Taiwan to never give up on their dreams, and urged those already playing in the Minor League to hang tough.

"I wish to see them stay determined and go through till the end," Wang said, adding that if they can make it in the Minor League, they will not find it hard to adjust to the majors.

This is where it all began, he said after his guest pitch on Monday, recalling the moment he started out with the Staten Island Yankees in the Single-A 18 years ago before becoming a Yankees starting pitcher from 2005 to 2008.

According to the official site of the Staten Island Yankees, the team retired Wang's No. 41 in 2006 as he was honored for his great service with the team from 2000 to 2002.

He was one of only four players to have his number retired in recognition of his contribution to the team, alongside No. 19 Jason Anderson, No. 17 Robinson Cano, and No. 6 Brett Gardner.

(By Ozzy Yin and Ko Lin)
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