Cheng-Hsun Hsieh

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Cheng-Hsun Hsieh (謝承勳)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 187 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Cheng-Hsun Hsieh has been a pitcher and coach in Taiwan. His cousin Han Lin and uncle Shih-Kai Chang both played for the Taiwan national team, as did Hsieh.

Hsieh appeared in the 1991 World Junior Championship, winning a Silver Medal, then got a Bronze in both the 1992 World Junior Championship and 1993 World Junior Championship. He was 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, fanning 17 in 15 2/3 IP. He led Taiwan in games pitched (4), IP (2 1/3 more than Chun-Liang Wu) and K (9 more than Wu). He beat Ramon Roque and the Dominican national team while losing to Emiliano Ginanneschi and Italy. He played in the 1994 Asian Games, in which Taiwan got Bronze, and in the 1995 Universiade. Hsieh made his pro debut with the China Trust Whales in 1999, with a 3.86 ERA in three relief outings. He was with the Taiwan club that won a Bronze in the 1999 Asian Championship. In 2000, the lefty went 3-2 with 3 saves and a 2.86 ERA for the Whales. The next year, he had his best season at 15-11, 2.66. He was second in the CPBL in wins, 3 behind John Burgos, but also led in losses. He finished fourth in ERA behind Jen-Wen Hsiao, Burgos and Tetsu Yofu. Hsieh was the first local southpaw to reach 10 wins in a season. He also won the CPBL Most Improved Player Award.

The Taitung native was the lone lefty on Taiwan's entry in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, allowing one run in two innings over three appearances. Taiwan won the Silver. The 27-year-old imploded in 2002, going 1-5 with 3 saves and a 6.69 ERA in a far cry from 2001. In 2003, he rebounded to go 9-8 with a 2.74 ERA, his last big year. He was 7th in ERA (between John Davenport and Hisanori Yokota) and tied for 9th in wins with Chien-Fu Kuo Lee. He allowed a run in 2 2/3 innings in the 2002 Taiwan Series, and the Whales were swept by the Brother Elephants. In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, Hsieh was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three outings. He pitched for the Whales for three more years, primarily in relief: 2-6, Sv, 5.70 in 2004, 0-1, 4.29 in 2005 and a 8.68 ERA in 8 outings in 2006. Retiring as a pitcher, he was bullpen coach for the Whales in 2008, their final season. Hsieh was pitching coach for Taiwan in the 2011 World Port Tournament, 2011 Baseball World Cup, 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week, 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, 2012 Asian Championship, 2013 World Baseball Classic, 2013 East Asian Games and 2014 Asian Games.

Overall, Hsieh was 30-32 with a 3.82 ERA, struck out 324 and pitched 607 2/3 innings in 8 seasons in the CPBL.

Hsieh's repertoire featured a slider, forkball, curveball and fastball (peak 89 mph).