Is the CPBL’s Mike Loree Asia’s Pitching MVP?

Is the CPBL’s Mike Loree Asia’s Pitching MVP?

When you think about the best and most valuable pitcher in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) over a span of the last two-and-a-half seasons, there is only one answer. But is Fubon Guardians’ Mike Loree the most valuable pitcher to his team on the entire continent? There is a really good case to prove that he is.

Since his return to Taiwan after a brief stint in Korea with the KT Wiz, Loree (pronounced low-Ray) has won the league’s Top-Nine Award for the best pitcher each of the past two seasons. The uber-competitor has also led the league in ERA and wins in consecutive seasons while finishing first in strikeouts in 2015 and second in 2016. The clean sweep in 2015 earned the right-hander the CPBL’s pitching triple crown, an accomplishment the pitcher describes as the personal goal which he is most proud of. His greatest professional achievement: his 2016 CPBL championship last year with the now-defunct EDA Rhinos.

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Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

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Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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