Wen-Bin Chen

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Wen-Bin Chen (陳文賓)

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

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Biographical Information[edit]

Wen-Bin Chen played catcher, pitcher, infield and outfield in his pro career. He never played for the Taiwan national team despite impressive statistics at times.

Chen debuted in the 1996 Chinese Professional Baseball League with the Uni-President Lions, hitting .186/.231/.289. In 1997, he batted .240/.277/.385 in 34 games for the Lions then was sent to the Sinon Bulls, for whom he hit .278/.313/.435 over the next 39 games.

In 1998, Chen batted .264/.309/.399 for Sinon. In '99, he hit .268/.341/.436 with the Bulls. He made the Best Ten as the top first baseman in the CPBL. During 2000, he hit .261/.317/.437. He split 2001 between the Bulls and China Trust Whales and hit only .188/.250/.356. He pitched 15 games that year, going 3-5 with a 4.42 ERA. His fastball peaked at 93 mph.

Chen hit .290/.381/.622 in 2002 and smashed 26 home runs, setting a new CPBL record for a native player; Chung-Chiu Lin had set the mark with 24 back in 1992. Chen's record lasted only one year before Tai-Shan Chang broke it. He failed to make the Best Ten as Kan-Lin Huang, Sung-Hsien Yang and Chih-Yuan Chen were picked as outfielders. Chen led the league in homers.

Chen was part of the first Taiwan-Japanese trade, being sent to the Daiei Hawks in the off-season. He only played two games for Daiei in 2003, going 0 for 4 at the plate.

Chen returned to the Whales in 2004 and hit .270/.319/.431. He fell to .229/.275/.349 in 2005 and was only hitting .191/.309/.298 after 17 games in '06, earning him his release.

For his career, Chen hit .254/.314/.433 with 84 homers in 674 games.

He then became a high school coach.