Kan-Lin Huang

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Kan-Lin Huang (黃甘霖)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 187 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Kan-Lin Huang is a six-time Gold Glove winner in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He led the CPBL in steals five straight seasons.

Huang was Taiwan's center fielder in the 1994 Baseball World Cup. He went 2 for 16 with a walk and a double; in the field, he had 14 putouts, one assist and no errors. He played in the 1994 Asian Games, 1995 Asian Championship, 1997 Asian Championship and 1999 Asian Championship. He also spent time in the Taiwan military during this period.

In 1998, Huang turned pro, being signed by the Uni-President Lions. He hit .238/.299/.285 that season and stole 20 bases in 23 tries. The next year, Kan-Lin batted .321/.381/.421 and swiped 54 bags in 66 tries over 85 games. He led the CPBL in stolen bases, was named to the Best Ten and won his first CPBL Gold Glove. He was 8th in the league in average.

Huang hit .311/.365/.387 in 2000 and stole 42 bases while being caught stealing 14 times. He finished third in the CPBL in average behind Chung-Yi Huang and Min-Ching Luo. He again led the league in steals, was named to the Best Ten and won a Gold Glove. He hit .313/.333/.438 in the 2000 Taiwan Series, and the Lions beat the Sinon Bulls in 7 games. In 2001, his batting line was .288/.374/.377 and he went 40-for-54 in steal attempts, again pacing the CPBL in pilfering bases. He again won Gold Glove and Best Ten honors. He had a horrible .522/.560/.696 batting line in the 2001 Taiwan Series, but he couldn't stop the Brother Elephants from beating them in 7 games. During the 2001 Baseball World Cup, Huang batted only .115/.233/.115 and did not steal a base in 10 games while serving as Taiwan's main center fielder. He was 1 for 5 with a run in the Bronze Medal game win and had an outfield assist.

The Chiayi native hit .283/.367/.343 and stole 42 bases in 54 attempts in 2002. He won a Gold Glove, made the Best Ten and led the league in steals. In 2003, Kan-Lin batted .282/.342/.335, stole 49 bases and was nabbed running 18 times. He won a Gold Glove after fielding .994 and led the league in steals. He tied I-Tseng Lin for the most stolen base leaderships in CPBL annals with 5. He also appeared in the 2003 Asian Championship.

Huang batted .253/.316/.328 in 2004 and stole only 19 bases in 30 tries, as his baserunning was beginning to decline at age 29. He won his 6th Gold Glove award. In 2005, he hit .242/.277/.323 and only stole four bases in 7 attempts. Huang was 9 for 27 in 2006. In the 2007, he batted .337/.393/.418 in 33 games and was caught stealing in his lone attempt. During 2008, he hit .257/.358/.257 in 50 games and stole 3 bases in 4 tries. Huang hit .245/.294/.293 in 2009 CPBL, and .186/.289/.233 in 2010 CPBL. After Huang broke the CPBL All-Time career stolen bases record held by I-Tseng Lin in 2010 with 291, he decided to retire, and became a coach for the Uni-President Lions. Huang served as manager in minors from 2011 to 2015, as defense coach in 2015, and became manager of the Lions from 2016 to 2019. The Fubon Guardians signed Huang and he served as defense coach in 2021 and 2022. He then transferred to the TSG Hawks, and being their defense coach now.

Overall, Huang had hit .275/.340/.341 with 809 hits, 94 doubles and 295 stolen bases in 13 seasons in the CPBL. As of 2023, he was the all-time steals leader of the CPBL.