New York Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang

by stephanie ~ June 12th, 2009

 

Fewer people would peg me as a person who loves baseball. What’s interesting about it, is that it is somewhat a slow game, waiting for a slow kill. I’m not certain if you guys understand what I mean, but some people makes the waiting soo ominous, that it’s a dull sport for some.

I actually felt that way at first when I was in third grade, up until I tried out to be part of the team. I learned to love it and not just love it, but really really got crazy about this sport.

I was talking about how slow this sport was because one of my friends asked me if I didn’t mind all the waiting, when a pitcher has to throw the ball, then the players are waiting to catch it when it’s up in the air or on the ground. Unlike basketball where players are simply running passing the ball. Anyhow, every sport is different and I just happen to love this sport.

Pitchers always catches my eye coz they are the ones who are a center of attention. One of the Yankee pitchers who has only a professional experience of 4 years, is Chien-Ming Wang. He is Chinese and a starting pitcher of the New York Yankees. Initially signed as an amateur agent, later, signed with the Yankees from 2005 to present. His salary with the team is $5M. Not a bad figure at all, considering he only has 4 years of professional experience. He has gone big, and really climbed his way up.

Wang became the first Yankees’ starting pitcher and the first game winning pitcher of the new Yankee Stadium in opener exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs.

His pitching style is a combination of the mid 90’s four-seam fastball, a sinker, a lot with a slider, a changeup and a splitter. So far, most pitchers are comfortable with two styles, the curveball and the fastball.  Wang also throws a decent split finger fastball which he only uses when in need of a strike out or a double play.

Although, he still has a lot to prove, staying with the Yankees is a good choice for Wang because for most people’s opinion (“US” Yankees fans, I assume), a player can never be considered truly great if he never played for the New York Yankees!