Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
The Chinese want to play baseball, too…and, in deed the country has six teams ready to kick off the new season on April 13th.
The teams are:
1. Beijing Tigers
2. Tianjin Lions
3. Shanghai Eagles
4. Guangdong Leopards
5. Sichuan Dragons
6. Jiangsu Hope Stars …I wonder how long they thought to come up with that name.
The China Baseball League will go 63 games and end with a 10-game playoffs starting on June 9th.
A five-game championship will be played and end on July 1st.
The league will have to finish early next year so as not to run into the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The six teams will each have a Japanese team to nurture them.
Beijing, three-time league champions, will pair with the Yomiuri Giants.
Sichuan will team up with Softbank Hawks.
Shanghai will have the Hanshin Tigers.
Jiangsu will go with Chiba Lotte Marines
Guangdong, last year runners-up, will partner with Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
Chinese authorities have signed cooperation deals with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the New York Yankees to help train the national team.
Well, if China is the world’s factory, why can’t they also become the world’s minor leagues as well?