Chu-Ming Lee

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Chu-Ming Lee (李居明)
(Mr. Baseball)

Biographical Information[edit]

Chu-Ming Lee was a member of the Taiwan national team for almost a decade, including two trips to the Olympics, then played and coached in Taiwan's pro leagues.

1982-1989: Amateur career[edit]

Lee debuted in the 1982 Amateur World Series and helped Taiwan finish 4th. In the 1984 Amateur World Series, he hit .333/.386/.487 with 7 runs in 12 games as the starting center fielder for Taiwan. Taiwan won Silver, its first Medal ever in an Amateur World Series. Lee also appeared in the 1984 Olympics.

He was with Taiwan for the 1985 Asian Championship, 1985 Intercontinental Cup and 1986 Amateur World Series (when Taiwan won Bronze). Lee helped Taiwan take home Gold at the 1987 Asian Championship. In the 1987 Intercontinental Cup, Lee led all players in the round-robin phase with 25 hits. He hit .500 and slugged .909 and joined Luis Casanova and Tai-Chuan Chiang on the All-Star outfield. Only Alejo O'Reilly and Orestes Kindelan posted better averages.

In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, Lee played flawless defense in center (31 putouts, 1 assist, no errors in 13 games) and hit .271/.296/.500 with 13 RBI in 13 contests. He was also with Taiwan for the 1988 Olympics.

From 1984-1989, Lee had played for the Brother Hotel team. When the Chinese Professional Baseball League was formed, he remained with the club run by that hotel chain, the Brother Elephants.

1990-1998: CPBL[edit]

Lee hit .290/.345/.430 in 1990 for the Elephants. He fell to .236/.307/.376 in 1991. In 1992, he picked back up, batting .291/.344/.431 and making the Best Ten as one of the outfielders. Lee produced at a .309/.392/.468 clip in 1993, made the Best 10 and won a Gold Glove. He took home the same two honors in 1994, when he hit .350/.387/.483. He finished third in the CPBL in average behind Angel Gonzalez and Luis de los Santos.

In 1995, the 35/36-year-old hit .314/.351/.409 and was 7th in average. The next season, he batted .270/.339/.376. Lee hit .331/.386/.439 in 1997 and made his 4th Best Ten. He tied George Canale for 6th in the CPBL in average. In 1998, he batted .269/.330/.350 in his final season playing for the Elephants.

1999-2000: Taiwan Major League[edit]

In 1999, Lee moved to the rival Taiwan Major League, joining the Kaoping Fala. He hit .338/.373/.434 that year and made the Best Nine in the outfield. He was 4th in average and was the only Taiwan native in the top 7. In 2000, he batted .237/.277/.303 to conclude his career at age 41. On October 6, he became the first player in Taiwanese pro baseball history to collect 1,000 career hits.

2001- : Coach and Manager[edit]

Lee became head coach of the Macoto Cobras in 2001 and then coached for the Chianan Braves in 2002. In 2003 and 2004, he ran a cafe. He returned to baseball in 2005, as a coach for the Brother Elephants. He became the team's manager for 2007.