The Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
() are a professional baseball team based in Tainan City
. The organization is named after the Uni-President Corporation
, one of Taiwan's largest conglomerate whose sub-company Uni-President Baseball Team Company
oversees operations of the team. The Lions play their home games at Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium
located in Tainan City, where they enjoy a large fan base.
The team was first established as amateur Uni-President Baseball Team () in 1989 for the purpose of training and preparation for eventual professionalization in the next year. The corporation originally intended to recruit players from Taipower Baseball Team
, an amateur baseball team based in nearby Kaohsiung
, but faced many difficulties in the process.
Uni-President originally offered Lin Chia-hsiang () the position of team manager, hoping that his status as Taipower's head coach would ensure players' willingness to join the new team. Lin accepted at first, and agreed to aid the effort of recruiting players. However, due to uncertainties in a professional career, players were reluctant to leave Taipower for the new team, and Lin could only secure a few players and was far below the 15 players minimum requirement of the amateur league. Lin then turned down the offer, leaving Uni-President searching for a replacement for the manager position. Uni-President eventually contacted Cheng Kuen-chi () and offered him the position. Cheng, a former coach... Read More