Sheng-Ming Hsu

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Sheng-Ming Hsu (徐生明)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 176 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Sheng-Ming Hsu managed three Taiwan Series champions. He was a knuckleball pitcher in his playing days.

Hsu played for Taiwan in the 1971 Little League World Series and 1983 Asian Championship. In 1984, he transferred from Chinese Culture University to a South Korean university, where he finished his master's degree in physical education. He was named South Korea's best amateur pitcher in 1984. He became a coach and was with the Taiwan national team for the 1989 Asian Championship and 1989 Intercontinental Cup.

In 1990, he was hired as the pitching coach of the Wei Chuan Dragons. The next year, he became manager of Wei Chuan; he was the youngest manager in the Chinese Professional Baseball League and the first with an advanced degree. He managed Wei Chuan from 1991-1993, He took the Dragons to the Taiwan Series his first season, but they lost to the Uni-President Lions in 7 games.

In 1994, Hsu became pitching coach of the China Times Eagles. He managed Taiwan in the 1995 Asian Championship. He returned to the Dragons as manager from 1996-1999; he led them to the Taiwan Series each year, winning the last three and also winning Manager of the Year honors the last 3 seasons.

From 2000 to 2002, Hsu guided the Taiwan Major League's Kaoping Fala. He managed the First Financial Agan of the CPBL at the start of 2003 but lost his job in May. The China Trust Whales hired him as their pitching coach, then promoted him to manager in 2004-2005. He managed Taiwan to Silver in the 2003 Asian Championship and also was their skipper for the 2004 Olympics.

Hsu coached at Aletheia University after leaving the Whales. He returned to the CPBL in July 2008 as the new manager of the Sinon Bulls. Through 2008, his record in the CPBL was 557-566-41. He was 57-60-3 in 2009 and 65-53-2 in 2010, then was replaced by Rong-Hua Liu. He was 49-37-1 as manager of the EDA Rhinos, leading them to the first-half title, when he died suddenly of a heart attack after jogging in late August. He was part of the 3rd class of the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame, in 2016.

Source: Wiki Baseball (Chinese)