Kun-Han Lin

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Kun-Han Lin (林琨瀚)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Kun-Han Lin was an Olympic performer and batting title winner. He is the brother of Kun-Wei Lin.

Lin played in the 1985 World Junior Championship and 1986 World Junior Championship. He appeared in the 1990 Goodwill Games and 1991 Asian Championship. In the 1991 Intercontinental Cup, he hit .313/.421/.563 as Taiwan's starting third baseman and stole 3 bases in 3 tries. He went 0 for 1 in the Bronze Medal game loss. He was 2 for 9 in the 1992 Olympics as the backup to Shih-Hsih Wu at third. He played in the 1993 Asian Championship.

Lin joined the Mercuries Tigers in 1994 and hit .220 in regular action. In '95, he batted .225 in 99 contests. Lin hit .283 with 13 steals in 27 tries the next year. Kun-Han batted .274 in 1997. In 1998, he improved to .302 with 30 doubles and 34 steals (in 51 tries). He won a Gold Glove at third base. He played in the 1998 Asian Games, his final national team appearance.

Lin moved to the Macoto Gida of the Taiwan Major League for 1999 and hit .310 while swiping 20 bases in 23 tries. He won a Gold Glove at shortstop, made the Best Nine at short and was MVP of the first All-Star Game that season. He was 9th in the league in average.

In 2000, Lin batted .318, scored 70 runs in 83 games and had 24 stolen bases in 31 attempts. He won a Gold Glove and made the Best Nine at shortstop. He was 8th in the league in average. He played 47 games in 2001, hitting .368 and stealing no bases. He won a Gold Glove and won the TML batting championship by .025 over Chung-Wei Pan. In '02, the veteran batted .307 and made the Best Nine once more. He was third in average behind Roberto Mejia and Chia-Hsien Hsieh. His last season, he was a player-coach.

Lin went back to college for his master's degree. He coached at Chinese Cultural University from 2003-2007. He coached for the national team in the 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week, 2005 Asian Championship, 2005 Baseball World Cup, 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, 2006 World University Championship, 2006 Intercontinental Cup, 2006 Asian Games, 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament and 2009 World Baseball Classic.

He was a TV commentator for the 2007 Baseball World Cup.