Sung-Hsien Yang

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Sung-Hsien Yang (楊松弦) also listed as Sung-Hsuan Yang

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 174 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Sung-Hsien Yang had hit .300 several times in Taiwan. He was the long-time leadoff hitter for the Uni-President Lions in his 8-year Lions career.

Yang was on the notable 1990 Little League World Series-winning squad which included Chin-Feng Chen, Chao-Chi Sung, Chang-Ming Cheng and Han-Chou Tseng, all of whom would win at least one Best Ten award in Taiwan. He hit .361 with 11 runs in the 1994 World Junior Championship to help Taiwan win a Bronze Medal. He also played in the 1995 World Junior Championship, 1997 Asian Championship and 1998 Asian Games. In the 1998 Baseball World Cup, Yang hit .231/.231/.500 as Taiwan's starting center fielder. He was 1 for 8 in the 1999 World Port Tournament.

Yang turned pro in 1999 with the Chinatrust Whales, hitting .228/.284/.278 in 37 games. In 2000, he batted .287/.335/.469 with 16 steals in 21 tries. During 2001, he improved to .312/.350/.421 with 30 swipes in 43 attempts. He led the CPBL with 105 hits, ranked 2nd in batting (.045 behind Min-Ching Luo), 3rd in runs (8 behind Chang-Ming Cheng) and 3rd in steals (10 behind Kan-Lin Huang. He won a CPBL Gold Glove in the outfield and made the Best Ten, joining Ming-Hsien Lin and Kan-Lin Huang as the outfielders picked. Yang also attended the 2001 CPBL All-Star Game, and he was 1-for-3 with a triple. He hit .242/.297/.364 as Taiwan's main right fielder in the 2001 Baseball World Cup.

In 2002, Yang hit .320/.355/.440 with 16 steals in 24 tries. He made the Best Ten alongside Huang and Chih-Yuan Chen in the outfield and attended the 2002 CPBL All-Star Game; he was 1-for-5 with a RBI. Yang was 3rd in the league in average (.014 behind Lien-Hung Chen), 8th in runs (14 behind Cheng-Min Peng), 6th in steals (20 behind Huang) and 2nd in hits (3 behind Chung-Yi Huang). He was 3-for-14 in the 2002 Taiwan Series, and the Whales were swept by the Brother Elephants. Yang also played in the 2002 Asian Games. During the 2003 campaign, the Tainan native produced at a .310/.375/.443 rate for his best OPS yet, but failed to make the Best Ten. He also stole 20 bases in 24 tries. However, the Whales released their three All-Stars Yang, Chi-Feng Hung and Chao-Chi Sung after this season due to unknown reasons, and Yang missed the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The Uni-President Lions picked him up, and Yang hit .289/.325/.353 in the 2006 season. He hit .444/.444/.778 in the 2006 Taiwan Series, but the Lions were swept by the La New Bears. He then had a .325/.351/.425 in 2007 batting line for a nice rebound. In the 2007 Taiwan Series, Yang was 3-for-5 and the Lions took revenge on the Bears in 5 games. In 2008, he batted .286/.333/.326 and .292/.320/.292 in the 2008 Taiwan Series to helped the Lions beat the Brothers in 7 games. He repeated his performance in 2009, hitting .278/.333/.336 in the regular season and .308/.471/.308 in Taiwan Series. The Lions beat the Brothers again in 7 games.

Yang was selected into the 2010 CPBL All-Star Game, and he was 0-for-1 with a run scored. He ended up hitting .262/.326/.307 in 2010 and improved to .288/.348/.368 in 2011. Yang hit .444/.444/.500 in the 2011 Taiwan Series, and the Lions beat the Lamigo Monkeys in 5 games. His batting line was .284/.343/.362 in 2012, nearly same as last year. However, he couldn't repeat his solid batting in the 2012 Taiwan Series as he was 1-for-14, and the Lions lost to the Monkeys in 5 games. In his last season, Yang played 46 games with a .286/.341/.351 batting line. He hit a clutch game-tying RBI single in the 9th inning of 2013 Taiwan Series Game 4 against Nick Green, and the Lions swept the EDA Rhinos. Yang was a coach for the Lions from 2015 to 2016.

Overall, Yang hit .294/.342/.383 with 872 hits, 130 doubles, 33 triples and 171 steals in 13 seasons in the CPBL. As of 2023, he was 11th in triples (tied with Chieh-Hsien Chen) and 5th in steals (124 behind Kan-Lin Huang).