I finished Gao’s Bio a few weeks ago (thanks to the Plecco app [or A-P-P]. Important takeaways about international competition:
During the Premiere 12 Tournament, he overheard Japanese and Korean players complaining about the crummy facilities at the Taoyuan stadium. And that was supposed to be Taiwan’s best stadium!
The Japanese and Korean national teams have a team cook on the plane. Thereby, the players don’t have to eat foreign foods when abroad that they might not be used to eating, and then get sick and have it affect their performance. Taiwan has no such thing. Are players in Taiwan that much less deserving?
He suggests more teams for Taiwan so that hitters would be able to adjust to different pitchers more quickly in international play. The most rewarding thing about his minor league career in the United States is the ability to adjust to different players.
I think he has a point with number 3. Recall the World Baseball Classic against Japan in 2013. The each new pitcher the Japanese put in would be unhittable the first time around. On the second time through the order, we’d rock them. And that included Tanaka. Then they’d put in a new pitcher, who would be unhittable.
I also think we should spend more money to take care of our players. Perhaps even give them monetary incentives to play.