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New documentary focuses on Chien-Ming Wang comeback with the Royals

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Dayton Moore has been known for some of his bullpen reclamation projects, such as Wade Davis, Ryan Madson, Peter Moylan, and Mike Minor. One you may have forgotten about was Chien-Ming Wang, who the Royals signed for the 2016 season after being out of the big leagues for two full seasons. Wang, a former 19-game winner with the Yankees, had his career derailed by shoulder surgery and a variety of other injuries. He bounced around from the Nationals to the Blue Jays, eventually having to pitch in the minors and in independent league baseball to resurrect his career.

His comeback to the Majors is now the focus of a new documentary, called Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story. According to one synopsis, director Frank W. Chen “provides a unique look at the baseball through an Asian American lens to capture a narrative much grander than one of a Taiwanese baseball player in America, but rather a story of relentless resolve and love.” Much of the movie focuses on his time with the Royals in 2016, when he made 38 appearances and posted a 4.22 ERA.

The movie will be shown May 9 at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival where Wang is scheduled to appear and May 12 at the San Francisco CAAMFest. It will be released in Taiwan later this year, but does not seem to have a North American release date. You can see the trailer here.