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Hard-Hittin' Chen Adapting to American Soil

Yung-Chi Chen (Photo/Max Waugh)

APPLETON, Wisc. - The locker room door opens and out walks Yung-Chi Chen, the promising infielder for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. A big smile on his face, Chen says hello and promises to try his best with the interview. The Taiwan native is in the first month of his second season in the United States and his translator recently left for Arizona to help other prospects adapt to their new surroundings.

Now Chen is on his own with the task of learning to communicate with his teammates, coaches and the media. With some help from teammate Mark Lowe, the interview went fairly well as Chen tried his best to answer all of the questions. One of my first questions for Chen was what some of his goals are for the 2005 season. And his immediate response was to help the Timber Rattlers win. While Chen...

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