Yankees to conduct clinic in Taiwan

Yankees to conduct clinic in Taiwan

NEW YORK -- Five members of the Yankees' player development staff are set to visit Taiwan next week, conducting a clinic with high school pitchers, catchers and coaches.

The Yankees announced plans on Friday to join the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association in attending the National Taiwan Sport University's Taoyuan Campus in Taipei, Taiwan, from Jan. 7-11.

This venture marks the Yankees' first large-scale outreach in Taiwan. The club aims to help cultivate baseball talent as well as increase its brand recognition in Asia and internationally.

"This clinic serves as another step in the outreach and integration of baseball throughout the international community," Yankees president Randy Levine said in a statement. "The Yankees organization is recognized around the world, and we are confident this important event will leave a positive imprint on our countless fans in Taiwan."

The Yankees' representatives will include special assistant Pat McMahon, extended Spring Training pitching coach Carlos Chantres, assistant director of baseball operations Eric Schmitt, catching coordinator Julio Mosquera and strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Wickland.

Running for five days, the clinic is expected to focus on pitching and catching fundamentals and baseball philosophy. Taiwanese participants will include 40 pitchers, 10 catchers and 20 coaches, all from the high school level.

"Taiwan has given the Yankees one of its brightest stars in Chien-Ming Wang," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement. "We hope that this clinic demonstrates our deep respect and appreciation for a place that has given us such a talented player."

The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association oversees all amateur baseball in Taiwan and organizes its Olympic and World Baseball Classic teams.

The Yankees receive a huge following in Taiwan due to high interest in Wang, a 28-year-old right-hander who has completed four Major League seasons with New York and holds a career record of 54-20.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.