Tai-Chuan Chiang

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Tai-Chuan Chiang (江泰權)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 179 lb.

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Tai-Chuan Chiang played in the Olympics three times and spent over a decade with the Taiwan national team. He had a short professional career that was derailed by scandal, then became a coach in China.

Amateur Star[edit]

Chiang played for Taiwan in the 1982 Amateur World Series and 1984 Olympics. In the 1984 Amateur World Series, he batted .304/.306/.522 as a LF-DH. Taiwan won a Silver Medal, its first Medal ever in an Amateur World Series. Chiang was in the 1985 Asian Championship (tied for second), 1985 Intercontinental Cup, 1986 Amateur World Series (Taiwan won a Bronze that year) and 1987 Asian Championship (Gold).

In the 1987 Intercontinental Cup, the 26-year-old was named an All-Star outfielder alongside Chu-Ming Lee and Luis Casanova. In the 1988 Baseball World Cup, Tai-Chuan batted .304/.381/.429 with 7 doubles and 16 runs in 13 games to help his team win a Bronze. In the 2-0 win over Japan in the Bronze Medal game, he was 1 for 4 from the leadoff spot and was caught stealing. He remained with Taiwan for the 1988 Olympics, 1989 Intercontinental Cup, 1989 Asian Championship and 1990 Goodwill Games.

Chiang batted .450/.542/.550 as Taiwan's left fielder in the 1990 Baseball World Cup. He also played in the 1990 Asian Games and 1991 Asian Championship. In the 1992 Olympics, he capped his long amateur career by batting .310/.474/.448 with 8 walks and 11 runs in 9 games; he had two game-winning RBI. In the Gold Medal game loss to Cuba, he was 0 for 4 from the #3 slot and ground into a double play; he also made an error in left in a rocky outing.

Professional Career[edit]

Chiang turned pro in 1993 with the Uni-President Lions, hitting .313 with 20 steals. He faded quickly, batting .240 in '94, .259 in '96 and .265 in '97. He hit only 5 home runs in 1,093 at-bats in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Chiang then was suspended from CPBL play due to his involvement in a large gambling scandal, one of several to rock the league in its first two decades.

Coaching Career[edit]

His career in Taiwan ruined, Chiang went (as did some other scandal-ridden Taiwanese players) to China. He became a coach with the Tianjin Lions when the China Baseball League was formed and maintained that role as of 2009. He coached for China in the 2009 Asian Championship.