Chin-Hsing Kuo

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Chin-Hsing Kuo (郭進興)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 194 lb.

Chin-Hsing Kuo was a two-time MVP in Taiwan.

Kuo played in the first World Junior Championship, held in 1981. Just two years later, he made Taiwan's senior national team for the 1983 Asian Championship and 1983 Intercontinental Cup. He was 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in the 1984 Amateur World Series (only Ping-Yang Huang had a worse ERA for Taiwan) and almost made Taiwan's team for the 1984 Olympics. He played in the 1985 Asian Championship and 1985 Intercontinental Cup.

When the Chinese Professional Baseball League was formed in 1990, Kuo started his career with the Uni-President Lions and went 2-5 with a save and a 4.17 ERA. In '91, he was 11-5 with a save and a 2.91 ERA. He had a 8-7, 4.77 record in 1992. In 1993, he improved to 8-5 with a 2.39 ERA and a league-best 18 saves.

Kuo was 13-6 with five saves and a 2.53 ERA in 1994. He was third in ERA behind José Nuñez and Chris Bennett. He had a 20-7 record, a save and a 2.31 ERA in 1995 and was again third in ERA, this time second among native-born hurlers. He was named to the Best Nine as a pitcher, took home the Gold Glove, became the 4th 20-game winner in CPBL history and was named CPBL MVP.

Kuo's record was better yet in 1996, when he was 20-4 with a 2.57 ERA. He again led the league in wins, made the Best Nine. He became the second repeat 20-game winner in league history after Yi-Hsin Chen and followed Chen as the second two-time MVP. The 32-year-old pitched his final games in the 1996 Taiwan Series when he was 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA. He became the first pitcher to win three games in a single Taiwan Series and promptly took home Series MVP honors.

With his career at its high point, it came crashing down when he pleaded guilty to a game-fixing scandal, one of the first of many Taiwanese gambling scandals that plagued the CPBL.

Overall, Kuo had gone an amazing 82-39 with 27 saves and a 2.93 ERA as a pro.

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