Saturday, January 12, 2008
The Fab 5.....
Flashback to 1990. The San-Hua LL team from Tainan County won the 1990 LLWS in Williamsport, PA. That team would produce 5 future pro ballplayers - Chin-Feng Chen, IF Chang-Ming Cheng, OF Sun-Hsien Yang, DH Han-Chou Tseng, and P Chao-Chi Sung. CFC's career exploits have been well documented. Tseng, Cheng, Yang, and Sung would all begin their pro careers with the CT Whales in the CPBL.
Although CFC has turned out to be the best of the bunch by far, P Chao-Chi Sung was the star player back in 1990. Sung threw a CG 2-hit shutout, K'ing 16 along the way. As a pro, Sung was one of the best pitchers playing domestically in Taiwan. He had a career year in 2002 with the Chinatrust Whales when he won the Triple Crown in pitching - the first ever such accomplishment in the history of the CPBL. Sung led the league in wins (16W - 8 L), a 2.13 ERA, and 183 K's over 206 IP. (2002 was the last year before the CPBL and TML merged in 2003) Despite his meteoric rise to prominence in 2002, Sung fell off the map when he was released by the Whales a few years back.
As for the other three players:
Chang-Ming Cheng, a perennial fan favorite and NT member, was involved in the latest CPBL game-fixing scandal and his future is up in the air.
Han-Chou Tseng, the CT Whales team captain and DH was also involved in the scandal and had his contract terminated.
Sung-Hsien Yang was a member of the 2007 CPBL championship squad with the President Lions. Yang has a career .304 BA.