|Asia Series titles (0)|
|Taiwan Series titles (2)||2006 • 2012|
|Playoffs berths (4)||2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2011
|Owner(s): La New Corporation|
|Manager: Hung Yi-chung|
|General Manager: Su Ching-hsuan|
The Lamigo Monkeys (Chinese: Lamigo 桃猿; pinyin: Lamigo Táoyúan), formerly First Financial Holdings Agan (第一金控金剛, abbreviated 第一金剛) and then the La New Bears (La New 熊), are a professional baseball team in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. Owned and administered by the Kaohsiung-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 played their home games at Chengcing Lake Baseball Field in Kaohsiung County (now part of Kaohsiung City) from 2004 to 2010. In the 2011 season, their home stadium was moved to Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. Accordingly, the team's name was changed to the Lamigo Monkeys.
First Financial Holdings Agan
Sometimes known as the First Securities Agan, the Agan was owned by the First Financial Holding Corporation, a government-funded financial holding service institute. Its then-chairman Chen Chien-lung (陳建隆) was a keen political supporter of President Chen Shui-bian, and, upon the president's request, immediately agreed to take over one of the 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. Interestingly, the bulk of Agan's player came from Taipei Gida and Kaohsiung-Pingtung Fala, and not the Taichung Agan which carried the same mascot and the champion of the final season of TML. Agan played its home games at Chengcing Lake Baseball Field.
Without a strong roster plus the management's inexperience and unprofessionalism in running a professional sports club, the Agan performed poorly right from the start of the 2003 season. After Chen Chien-lung's sudden resignation due to allegation of insider trading in August 2003, the First Financial Holding Corporation no longer showed willingness in running the team. The Agan finished the 2003 season placing fifth overall, and did not win any of the 20 games against Brother Elephants, the Taiwan Series champion of that season.
La New Bears
Just before the 2004 season, Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing invited La New Corporation, a footwear manufacture to sponsor the then-vacant Chengcing Lake Baseball Field, 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. In the first two years of their existence, the Bears did not perform well. But after several addition to the roster through drafts and the minor league, the Bears turned the team around, eventually winning the 2006 Taiwan Series title. The Bears did not win any title since then.
After several years of futile effort to manage the Kaohsiung market, the team relocated to Taoyuan County and changed its name to Lamigo Monkeys in January 2011. Lamigo is a subsidiary of La New Corporation that operates a wellness center, restaurants as well as a travel agency in northern Taiwan. Since Lamigo is based in northern Taiwan, the team was moved to Taoyuan County and play their home games at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. Their new name in Chinese, taoyuan (桃猿), is a homophone to their new home county. Despite the name change, La New Corporation retained its direct ownership of the team. In 2012, the Monkeys won their first seasonal title after the name change when they defeated Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions four games to one in Taiwan Series.
|Qualified for playoffs||Taiwan Series Championship||Asia Series Championship|
|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||61 (33/28)||58 (26/32)||1 (1/0)||.513 (.559/.467)||2 (2/4)|
|2010||55 (31/24)||62 (27/35)||3 (2/1)||.470 (.534/.407)||3 (2/4)|
|2011||66 (33/33)||52 (26/26)||2 (1/1)||.559 (.559/.559)||1 (2/1)|
|2012||66 (28/38)||52 (30/22)||2 (2/0)||.559 (.483/.633)||2 (2/1)|
|Season||First Round||Taiwan Series|
|La New Bears|
|2006||Seeded first||Uni-President Lions||4||0|
|2007||Seeded first||Uni-President Lions||3||4|
|2011||No first round.||Uni-President Lions||1||4|
|2012||No first round.||Uni-President Lions||4||1|
|Year||Round Robin||Championship Round|
|La New Bears|
|2006||2||1||2||Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters||0 - 1 (L)|
|2012||2||0||1||Yomiuri Giants||3 - 6 (L)|
|Total||4||1||--||0W - 2L|
Lamigo Monkeys roster
Minor league coaches
Notable former players
- Cory Bailey
- Todd Betts
- Tony Fiore
- Jacob Cruz - current hitting coach of the Yakima Bears.
- Midre Cummings
- José Silva
- Mac Suzuki
- Víctor Zambrano
- Shane Youman - current pitcher for the Lotte Giants.
- Scot Drucker - http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=drucke001sco
- 10 - This number is reserved for the fans, as the tenth player on the field.
- Huang, Paul (January 7, 2011). "La New Bears become the Lamigo Monkeys". Taipei Times. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- Official site, in Chinese
- Site of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, in Chinese
- La New Corporation Official Website
- First Financial Holdings Agan in Taiwan Baseball Wiki (in Traditional Chinese)