The Chinatrust Whales
(中信鯨), formerly Koos Group Whales
(和信鯨), were a Taiwanese
professional baseball team. Originally founded as an amateur
team in 1991, this club became professional and joined the Chinese Professional Baseball League
(CPBL) in 1997. It is administered by the Chinatrust Financial Holding Company
. The Whales have never won a CPBL championship. It was announced on November 11, 2008 that the team would defunct and disband due to financial losses of Chinatrust Group.
In 1997, the amateur Chinatrust Whales Baseball Team
was professionalized and became the seventh member of Chinese Professional Baseball League
; however, because Taiwan forbid financial institutions to invest in unrelated market, the ownership of the team had to be transferred to Koos Group
(和信集團), which was also the owner of Chinatrust, thus the team was named KG Whales when it began its first season. Initially, the Whales played their home games at the Chiayi Baseball Field
. The team has not had any notable success over the course of its history with only two appearances in the Championship series, winning only a single game over the course of those two series while dropping eight. In 2002, because of the split of Chinatrust and the Koo Group, the ownership of the Whales were transferred back to Chinatrust and renamed Chinatrust Whales. The organization disbanded after the 2008 season.