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The La New Bears (La New 熊), formerly First Financial Holdings Agan (第一金控金剛, abbreviated 第一金剛), are a professional baseball team in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwanmarker. Owned and administered by the Kaohsiungmarker-based shoe-producing La New Corporation, the Bears qualified for the playoffs in 2006 for the first time in team history, and by finishing with the best record for the whole season, gained an automatic berth in the Taiwan Series.

The Bears play their home games at Chengching Lake Baseball Fieldmarker in Kaohsiung County.

History

First Financial Holdings Agan

Also known as the First Securities Agan, the Agan was owned and administered by the First Financial Holding Corporation, a government-funded financial holding service. Its then-chairman Chen Chien-lung (陳建隆) was a keen political supporter of President Chen Shui-bian, and immediately agreed at the president's request to take over one of the remaining two former TML teams after TML was merged into CPBL in January 2003. Since Macoto Bank had already decided to take-over the Macoto Gida, Chen Chien-lung took-over the Agan as promised. The bulk of Agan's player came from Taipei Gida and Kaohsiung-Pingtung Fala (for unexplained reasons, not the Taichung Agan which carried the same mascot) and its home was Chengching Lake Baseball Fieldmarker.

Without a strong roster plus the Corporation's inexperience and unprofessionalism in running a professional sports club, the Agan performed poorly right from the start of the 2003 season, and after Chen Chien-lung's sudden resignation due to alleged insider trading in August 2003, the First Financial Holding Corporation no longer showed willingness in running the team. After the 2003 season, the Agan was sold to La New Corporation, a shoe company, and later became La New Bears. During the 2003 season this club set many bad records because of its poor level of play:

  • Fewest wins in a whole season (20)
  • Most losses in a whole season (71)
  • Fewest wins in a half season (9)
  • Most losses in a half season (37)
  • Poorest winning percentage in a whole season (.220)
  • Poorest winning percentage in a half season (.196)
  • Poorest annual team batting average (.237)
  • Fewest annual team home runs (32)
  • Did not win any of the 20 games against Brother Elephants in the 2003 season (2 ties, 18 losses)


La New Bears

Just before the 2004 season, Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing invited La New Corporation to sponsor the then-vacant Chengching Lake Baseball Fieldmarker, which was under the management of Kaohsiung County after the disbandment of Taiwan Major League. La New Corporation eventually agreed and, in addition, offered to buy First Financial Holdings Agan, whose management has been struggling in the past season. On December 16, 2003, La New completed the process with First Financial Holdings and renamed the team La New Bears. Since then the organization has performed fairly well, appeared in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 playoffs and won the 2006 Taiwan Series.

Records

Qualified for playoffs Taiwan Series Championship Asia Series Championship


Regular Seasons

Season Wins Losses Ties Pct. Place
First Financial Holdings Agan
2003 20 (9/11) 71 (37/34) 9 (4/5) .220 (.196/.244) 5 (6/5)
La New Bears
2004 40 (18/22) 56 (30/26) 4 (2/2) .417 (.375/.458) 6 (6/5)
2005 42 (16/26) 55 (32/23) 3 (2/1) .433 (.333/.531) 6 (6/2)
2006 62 (30/32) 34 (19/15) 4 (2/2) .646 (.612/.681) 1 (1/1)
2007 58 (26/32) 42 (24/18) 0 (0/0) .580 (.520/.640) 2 (2/1)
2008 61 (28/33) 35 (19/16) 4 (3/1) .610 (.596/.673) 2 (2/1)
2009 -- -- -- -- --
Total 283 293 24 .472 --


Playoffs

Season First Round Taiwan Series
Opponent Wins Losses Opponent Wins Losses
La New Bears
2006 Seeded first Uni-President Lions 4 0
2007 Seeded first Uni-President Lions 3 4
2008 Brother Elephants 0 3 Eliminated
Total Combining the first round and Taiwan Series 7 4


Asia Series

Year Round Robin Championship Round
Wins Losses Standing Opponent Result
La New Bears
2006 2 1 2 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 0 - 1 (L)
Total 2 1 -- 0W - 1L


Roster

Notable Former Players



Retired Number

  • 10 - This number is reserved for the fans, as the tenth player on the field.


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