Wei-Yin Chen talks with his little fans.
Taiwan's Sports Affairs Council said Tuesday it will grant Wei-Yin Chen, a Taiwanese pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in the MLB, a special award under the council's annual Taiwan Sports Elite Awards program.
Tseng Sheng-bao, deputy sports minister, said Chen will be honored with the award for his outstanding performance in the American professional baseball league this year because his achievement has helped raise Taiwan's visibility in the international sporting community.
Chen posted a 12-11 record in his 32 starts during his debut season in the US. He had an earned run average of 4.02 throughout the 192 2/3 innings pitched.
On Oct. 8, Chen led the Orioles to the team's first MLB playoff win in 15 years in a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees during the American League Division Series.
Also recognized, Hsu Tien-ya, president of the Golf Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan), will be granted a Life Achievement Award for his dedication to promoting golf in Taiwan, Tseng said when he announced the list of nominees for this year's awards. Hsu is also the chairman of the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan county where the recently concluded Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship was held.
Athletes nominated for awards included Olympians Hsu Shu-ching, the silver medalist in the women's 53 kilogram weightlifting event, and Tseng Li-cheng, the bronze medal winner in the women's under 57kg taekwondo category in the London Olympics.
Also among the nominees were table tennis player Chuang Chih-yuan, who finished fourth in the Olympics; teen badminton player Tai Tzu-ying, who won the Yonex Open Japan in September to become the first Taiwanese national to win a Super Series singles event; and Hsieh Su-wei, who rose to 25th in the WTA's singles rankings in October — the highest ranking ever achieved by any Taiwanese tennis player, male or female.
The presentation ceremony for the awards is scheduled to take place on Dec. 6 at the Grand Hotel in Taipei.
The award program was founded in 1999 by the council to honor athletes, coaches, teams and individuals that have made distinguished contributions to sport in the past year.