Tsung-Hui Tong

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Tsung-Hui Tong (童琮輝)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 211 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tsung-Hui Tong played in the TML, CPBL and for the Chinese Taipei national baseball team.

Tong represented Taiwan in the 1988 Haarlemse Honkbalweek, 1990 Haarlemse Honkbalweek, 1993 Universiade, and 1993 Asian Championship. He led the Asian Championship in slugging, batting average, and won both the All-Star Team third baseman and the MVP of the tournament. The Mercuries Tigers drafted Tong in the first round of the 1994 CPBL draft, but the outstanding amateur didn't perform well, as he only had a .217/.256/.322 batting average in 60 games. Tong adapted to professional baseball the next year, when he recorded a .255/.316/.387 batting line with 9 dingers. He remained stable in the next two years, hitting .253/.298/.339 and .260/.313/.373 respectively, and won his first CPBL Gold Glove award in 1997. 1998 was Tong's career year, as he collected a career-high 10 homers and a .301/.355/.446 batting line. He also was selected into the All-Star game for the first time in his career in this year.

Tong jumped to the Taiwan Major League in 1999, and he soon became a star in that league. His batting line was .280/.332/.470 and he was selected into the All-Star game in the first year with the Taichung Agan in the TML. The Taoyuan native broke out in 2000, hitting .330/.371/.462 and led the league in hits and doubles. The talented infielder ruled the league in 2001, as he led the league in game played, at-bats, hits and doubles with an elite .331/.364/.482 batting line. He won both the Best Ten and the MVP award; he was the only position player to win the TML MVP in the league's six years of existence. In the 2001 TML Championship Series, Tong blasted a home run in both Game 5 and Game 6, then won the TML Championship Series Outstanding Player Award.

Tong jumped back to the CPBL in 2002, and faced a 10-game suspension. He didn't play well in the regular season, and only batted .144/.196/.189 with one dinger. However, in the 2002 Taiwan Series, Tong became the best hitter of the Chinatrust Whales, recorded a .667/.727/1.222 batting line, and won the Taiwan Series Outstanding Player Award. Tong didn't repeat his batting condition from that Series, and decided to retire after the 2005 season. He then became a high school coach.

Overall, Tong hit .272/.322/.392 with 805 hits, 105 doubles and 57 homers in 12 seasons in the CPBL and the TML.