Chung-Chiu Lin

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Chung-Chiu Lin (林仲秋)

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Biographical Informatoin[edit]

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/.318/.495. In 1991, Lin batted .270/.335/.502 and led the CPBL with 16 home runs. He won the first Best Nine at first base awarded in the circuit. In 1992, he hit .289/.349/.540 with 24 home runs, a league record (Luis Iglesias broke the record four years later). He made the Best Nine in the outfield. He was the first local player to hit 3 homers in a game, when he did it on September 17.

During 1993, Chung-Chiu hit .277 and slugged .426, only going deep nine times. He was selected into the 1993 CPBL All-Star Game, and he crushed a home run against Chin-Hsing Kuo while collecting 4 RBI to win the MVP. For the 1994 Tigers, he batted .307 with 14 home runs and a .527 slugging percentage. Lin attended the 1994 CPBL All-Star Game, and he was 3-for-4 with a homer off Yi-Hsin Chen. He ranked 6th in homers, 11 behind Sil Campusano. Lin In 1995, he produced at a .254/.294/.423 rate. At age 37 the next year, Lin hit .325/.363/.472. Lin hit .309/.371/.497 with 24 doubles and 14 homers in 93 games in 1997. He became the first local player to reach 100 career homers on July 20, crushing it against Genji Kaku. In the 1998 season, Lin hit .294/.388/.476 with 22 doubles and 15 circuit clouts. In 1999, he batted .271/.347/.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/.362/.493 and led the league with 15 home runs. He crushed the first grand slam in the All-Star history off Long-Shui Tai, and won the MVP of the 2000 CPBL All-Star Game. Lin hit .259/.286/.370 in the 2000 Taiwan Series, but the Bulls were beaten by the Uni-President Lions in 7 games. On September 23, he collected the 50,000th hit in the history of the CPBL. In 2001, Lin batted .286/.359/.486 with 18 homers, his fourth home run title; he became the oldest home run king in the CPBL's history. He also led the league in RBI and ranked 5th in hits (11 behind Sung-Hsien Yang). 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.

Overall, Lin hit .287/.354/.479 with 1,047 hits, 198 doubles and 162 homers in 13 seasons in the CPBL. As of 2023, he ranked 8th in homers (141 behind Chih-Sheng Lin), 20th in RBI (772 behind Tai-Shan Chang), 19th in doubles (195 behind Yi-Chuan Lin) and 22th in hits (1,087 behind Chang).


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