Chung-Chiu Lin

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Chung-Chiu Lin (林仲秋)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 182 lb.

Chung-Chiu Lin won four home run titles in the Chinese Professional Baseball League even though pro baseball didn't come to Taiwan until he was 31 years old.

Lin played for Taiwan in the 1988 Olympics and 1988 Baseball World Cup; as their DH in the Cup, he hit .349/.420/.528. Hitting cleanup in the Bronze Medal game, he was 1 for 4 with a run as Taiwan beat Japan 4-2. When the CPBL opened in 1990, Lin joined the Mercuries Tigers and hit 6 homers in 29 games, batting .272/?/.495.

In 1991, Lin batted .270/?/.502 and led the CPBL with 16 home runs. He won the first Best Nine at first base awarded in the circuit. In '92, he hit .289/?/.540 with 24 home runs, a league record (Luis Iglesias broke the record four years later). He made the Best Nine in the outfield.

During 1993, Chung-Chiu hit .277 and slugged .426, only going deep nine times. For the 1994 Tigers, he batted .307 with 14 home runs and a .527 slugging percentage. In '95, he produced at a .254/?/.423 rate. At age 37 the next year, Lin hit .325/?/.472.

Lin hit .309/?/.497 with 24 doubles and 14 homers in 93 games in 1997. In the 1998 season, Lin hit .294/?/.476 with 22 doubles and 15 circuit clouts. In '99, he batted .271/?/.422.

Lin was announced as the Tigers manager for 2000, but they folded before the season began. He then joined the Sinon Bulls.

At age 41 in 2000, Lin's line read .281/?/.493 and led the league with 15 home runs. On September 23, he collected the 50,000th hit in the history of the CPBL. In '01, Lin batted .286/?/.486 with 18 homers, his fourth home run title; he became the oldest home run king in the CPBL's history.

Lin played briefly for the 2002 China Trust Whales, serving primarily as a manager. In 1,000 games in the CPBL, he had hit .287 with 198 doubles, 162 home runs and a .479 slugging percentage. He managed the Whales to a 45-42-3 record in 2002 and 51-43-6 in 2003, but got axed.

Lin next resurfaced as a coach for the 2007-2008 Bulls.