WALDORF, MD – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have announced
that they have signed veteran pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. He will join the
team immediately and is scheduled to start on Thursday against the
visiting York Revolution.
Wang, 35, first debuted with the New York Yankees organization in April
of 2005. The Taiwanese righty would remain in the Yankees organization
until 2009 and would follow with stints with the Washington Nationals
and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Through eight seasons at the Major League level, Wang had his best
overall performances in 2006 and 2007. Posting 19 wins and just 6 losses
with a 3.63 ERA for the Yankees in 2006, Wang finished second to Johan
Santana in voting for the Cy Young Award. In 2007, Wang once again
notched 19 wins for the Yankees with a 3.70 ERA. He recorded noteworthy
0.5 and 0.4 home run per nine innings (HR9) lines in 2006 and 2007
2011 and 2012 saw Wang in a Washington Nationals uniform, and he pitched
in 21 games with 16 starts for the team over the course of the two
seasons. His most recent Major League experience came in 2013 with the
Toronto Blue Jays, where he started in six games.
“As long as I can pitch, I want to challenge myself,” said Wang. “I
don’t know if I can return to the Major Leagues, but I know I love
baseball. I realize that as a 35-year-old pitcher with an injury
history, I have to work twice as hard to have a chance, but I feel like
the Atlantic League is one of the best platforms for getting back to a
Major League organization. As long as I have an opportunity to pitch in
this league and at the professional level, I have a chance to move back
up, so I am going to give it everything I’ve got.”
Joining a Blue Crabs team that is currently in command of the Freedom
Division lead as the season approaches the end of the first half, Wang
will contribute to a pitching staff that holds a 3.38 ERA. He has the
ability to throw a four-seam fastball, slider, changeup and splitter.
“I don’t think there is any question that Wang is the biggest name that
the Blue Crabs have ever signed,” said Blue Crabs Manager Stan Cliburn.
“While this is an incredible opportunity for fans to see a fantastic
pitcher, we are also going to be able to utilize Wang’s supreme talent
and veteran experience to hopefully win some more ballgames as we make a
About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs The Blue Crabs play 140
regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest
level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major
League-ready” and over the last 17 years, more than 650 players have
advanced from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations,
making the Atlantic League a preferred route for experienced players to
be scouted by Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs play at Regency
Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. Please call 301-638-9788 or
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