Hung-Chin Tu

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Hung-Chin Tu (涂鴻欽)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 198 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Hung-Chin Tu was a two-time Olympian.

Tu played in the 1984 Olympics. In the 1984 Amateur World Series, he was 0-1 with a 2.33 ERA; Taiwan won Silver, their first Medal ever at an Amateur World Series. Tu was named the Most Valuable Pitcher in the 1985 Asian Championship and also appeared in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup, 1986 Baseball World Cup, 1987 Asian Championship and 1988 Olympics. In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, Tu struck out 12 in 11 2/3 IP and was 1-0 but his 6.17 ERA was clearly the worst on Taiwan (Yi-Hsin Chen was next at 3.86 for the Bronze Medal winners).

Tu joined the Mercuries Tigers when the CPBL was formed in 1990. He was 10-8 with 5 saves and a 2.47 ERA that first season. He lost the opener of the 1990 Taiwan Series to Joe Strong and the Wei Chuan Dragons. He came back to win game 5 and had a 1-1, 0.69 record in the Series, which the Tigers lost. Tu had a 11-4, 2.43 record with a save in '91. In 1992, he fell to 7-7, 2.92. He was 3-8 with three saves and a 2.97 ERA in 1993 and 1-0 with a 5.51 ERA in '94. He was 5-6 with two saves and a 3.74 ERA the next year and was 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in 1996. He then vanished from Taiwanese baseball as part of the "Black Tiger" scandal. Rumors had Tu as the scandal's ringleader.

Tu threw a curveball, slider and fastball (peak 92 mph).

Primary Source: Chinese Wiki Baseball

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