Tsao-Li Sun

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Tsao-Li Sun(孫昭立)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 211 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tsao-Li Sun played in the CPBL, TML and for the Chinese Taipei national baseball team.

Sun represented Taiwan in the 1983 World Junior Championship, 1986 Amateur World Series, and 1988 Haarlemse Honkbalweek. The Wei Chuan Dragons signed Sun when they were founded in 1990, and he became one of the most well-known outfielders of the early CPBL. He batted .271/.298/.375 with 23 stolen bases in the first year of CPBL. He was the first player in CPBL history to ground into a double play. He also held the CPBL record for most assists in a game with 3(tied by Chia-Le Chou on 2023). Sun hit .348/.500/.250, led the team with 1 dinger in the first Taiwan Series, and won the first Taiwan Series title with the Dragons.

The Hualien native recorded a .271/.321/.349 batting line with 29 RBI in 1991. He was the winner of the first class of Best Ten awards as one of the outfielders, and also was selected to the All-Star Game two years in a row. In the 1991 Taiwan Series, Sun blasted 2 dingers and became the first player in CPBL history to hit multiple homers in a series. The Dragons lost to the Uni-President Lions in seven games. Sun collected career-high 6 dingers in 1992 with a .289/.324/.407 batting line, and was selected into the All-Star Game again. However, Sun decided to gain weight in order to improve his slugging. It didn't work, and Sun's batting was influenced, as he only batted .246/.277/.324 and .246/.282/.307 in the next two years. He bounced back in 1996, hit .303/.361/.456 with 6 dingers, and became one of the one of nine players who were selected to the All-Star Game in six consecutive seasons from the founding of the league.

When the Taiwan Major League began in 1997, Sun jumped to there with his teammate Chien-Lin Kuo and joined the Taichung Agan. He didn't reached the peak he made in 1996 again, and only hit .248/.297/.322 in four years with the Agan. Sun retired after 2000, and turned into a coach of the Agan. When the two leagues merged in 2003, Sun was assigned to the Chinatrust Whales. He only worked with the Whales for one year and resigned before 2004. The Macoto Cobras signed Sun in 2004; he worked as their Strength and Conditioning Coach in the next two years, and turned into batting coach in 2007. Sun was signed by the Sinon Bulls after the T-Rex was expelled, and was fired by the Bulls at the end of 2010 season.

Overall, Sun hit .262/.304/.354 with 877 hits, 160 doubles and 44 homers in 11 seasons in the CPBL and the TML.