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First Financial Holdings Agan

Lamigo Monkeys
Established 2003
Team Logo

Chinese Professional Baseball League (2003–present)

Current uniform
Franchise history
  • Lamigo Monkeys (2011–present)
  • La New Bears (2004-2010)
  • First Financial Holdings Agan (2003)
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.

Lamigo Monkeys

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.[1] 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

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 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)
Lamigo Monkeys
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)
Total 531 517 32 .507 --


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
Lamigo Monkeys
2011 No first round. Uni-President Lions 1 4
2012 No first round. Uni-President Lions 4 1
Total 8 12

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)
Lamigo Monkeys
2012 2 0 1 Yomiuri Giants 3 - 6 (L)
Total 4 1 -- 0W - 2L


Active Roster Coaches/Others


  • 13 Taiwan Wang Wei-Ren (王韋仁)
  • 14 Taiwan Shan Fu-Sheng (單復昇)
  • 16 Taiwan Huang Chin-Chih (黃欽智)
  • 17 Taiwan Cheng Cheng-Hao (鄭承浩)
  • 18 Taiwan Wang Feng-Hsin (王豐鑫)
  • 19 Taiwan Wu Chun-Yi (吳俊逸)
  • 26 United States J. D. Durbin
  • 35 Taiwan Kuo Chun-Jie (郭駿傑)
  • 37 Taiwan Hsiao Yu-Chi (蕭宇奇)
  • 38 Taiwan Lin Ching-Ming (林敬民)
  • 39 Taiwan Treng Chou-Hau (曾兆豪)
  • 40 Taiwan Huang Chong-Chen (黃中辰)
  • 42 Taiwan Chen Cheng-Da (陳正達)
  • 47 Taiwan Wang Chia-Chen (王嘉誠)
  • 68 Taiwan Kuo Wen-Kai (郭文凱)
  • 71 Taiwan Tseng Bao-Luo (曾保羅)
  • 77 Taiwan Lin Wong-Yi (林旺億)
  • 81 Taiwan Wu Pei-Hui (吳培輝)
  • 85 Taiwan Chen Bing-Tsun (陳秉村)
  • 88 Taiwan Keng Po-Hsuan (耿伯軒)
  • 91 Taiwan Hsieh Chang-Rong (謝長融)
  • 92 Taiwan Hsu Ming-chieh (許銘倢)
  • 96 Taiwan Lin Chia-Wei (林家瑋)

Roster updated 2013-01-01


  • 11 Taiwan Lin Hong-Yu (林泓育)
  • 22 Taiwan Liu Chia-Hao (劉家豪)
  • 27 Taiwan Huang Hao-Lan (黃浩然)
  • 28 Taiwan Tsai Meng-Chiu (蔡孟修)
  • 70 Taiwan Hsu Yao-Teng (許躍騰)


  • 00 Taiwan Weng Ke-Yao (翁克堯)
  •  1 Taiwan Yeh Chu-Hsuan (葉竹軒)
  •  5 Taiwan Wen Yuan-Chuan (溫元川)
  •  6 Taiwan Shih Chih-wei (石志偉)
  •  7 Taiwan Kuo Chiu-wei (郭修維)
  • 21 Taiwan Kuo Yen-Wen (郭嚴文)
  • 24 Taiwan Kuo Chiu-Yen (郭修延)
  • 25 Taiwan Huang Yu-Kai (黃淯暟)
  • 31 Taiwan Lin Chih-sheng (林智勝)
  • 48 Taiwan Hung Chen-Yu (洪臣宇)
  • 54 Taiwan Chen Yen-Feng (陳雁風)
  • 62 Taiwan Yu De-Long (余德龍)
  • 79 Taiwan Lin Chih-Ping (林智平)


  •  8 Taiwan Chan Zhi-Yao (詹智堯)
  • 30 Taiwan Wang Shiang-Lan (王湘嵐)
  • 33 Taiwan Hsieh Hsuan-Ren (謝炫任)
  • 36 Taiwan Tsai Chien-Wei (蔡建偉)
  • 52 Taiwan Chen Chin-Feng (陳金鋒)
  • 55 Taiwan Chen Kuan-Ren (陳冠任)
  • 57 Taiwan Chung Cheng-yu (鍾承佑)
  • 61 United States Alexander Witter
  • 66 Taiwan Tseng Hao-Ju (曾豪駒)
  • 99 Taiwan Lin Cheng-yi (林政億)


  •  2 Taiwan Hong I-Chung (洪一中)


  •  0 Taiwan Du Chen-Wen (杜正文) (fitness)
  •  3 Taiwan Chen Kai-Fa (陳該發) (hitting)
  • 15 Taiwan Chuang Shen-Hsiung (莊勝雄) (pitching)
  • 56 Taiwan Lin Chen-Hsieng (林振賢) (outfield)
  • 63 Taiwan Tsai Yu-hsiang (蔡昱詳) (pitching)
  • - Taiwan Wu Chun-Liang (吳俊良) (pitching)

Minor league coaches

  • 59 Taiwan Liao Kang-Chih (廖剛池) (pitching)
  • 93 Taiwan Liao Kang-Chih (郭建霖) (head coach)


  • 29 Taiwan Hsiao Ming-Chih (蕭明治)
  • 45 Taiwan Liu Ping-Chen (劉品辰


Notable former players

Retired number

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

See also


External links

  • 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)

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